Tips for Dealing with Unruly Dogs

When we first adopt a pet, we hope that as soon as the dog comes home that everything will be smooth sailing. Unfortunately, it often never works out that way. No matter how hard we try, our dogs sometimes have a bit of trouble transitioning from life in the shelter to life at home.

One of the difficulties you may experience is a dog that is highly disobedient and unruly. Dealing with a misbehaved dog can take a considerable amount of your time and energy — and maybe even your money, if your pet is destroying your home’s furniture. Be rest assured that most people have to train their pet when they first come home. Check out some tips to train your pet below!

  • Identify problems and their triggers

You can’t know how to train your pet unless you know the full range of problems behaviors you attempting to end. Make sure you get a complete list of the behaviors and more importantly, what triggers them. If you know what exactly is causing the undesired behavior, you may be able to avoid it in the future — leaving you with a much more well-behaved pet.

  • Examine your own behavior

While many dogs need to be trained when they are introduced to a new environment, your behavior may be reinforcing the problematic behaviors in your dog. Take for instance your dog jumping on the couch. If you give him a treat soon after he does so, despite your annoyance with his behavior, it may lead him to believe that every time he jumps on the couch, he will be rewarded. Also, on another note, make sure to never inflict pain on your pet in order to teach them proper behavior. This will only strain your relationship with your pet and make training them even more difficult.

  • Talk to the vet

If your training efforts are making little to no impact on your pet’s behavior, you might want to reach out to your vet. Many animals act out when they are in pain, and your dog might be trying to tell you something. Your vet will be able to help you identify any health issues your pet may be experiencing, helping you stop undesired behavior. You should be taking your pet to the vet anyway, so just include this in your next appointment.

  • Reach out to a trainer

Let’s face it — no matter how much we love pets, most of us are not animal behavior experts like Walk!ATX. Many professionals have dedicated their lives to training dogs to be better behaved at home. In addition, these courses can take care of the training for certain commands (such as “Sit!” “Stay” “Come” and more) for you, allowing you more fun time with your pet. Before signing up your dog for the training, make sure to meet with the individuals who will be training your pet to see if they are people you would feel comfortable leaving your pet with.

How Workers’ Compensation Works

Picture what is supposed to be a nice day at work. You have your lunch packed, your favorite coworker just clocked in, it’s casual Friday, and your jeans have never fit better. Of course, nothing could ruin this otherwise-perfect shift faster than getting injured at work.

This scenario is all too common. It’s not rare that someone slips and falls on a wet spot on the ground or throws their back out lifting a heavy crate while on the clock. Damages caused by a workplace-related accident can lead to long-term effects for the injured person, not to mention the hefty medical bills and lost wages that accrue over time. One way to provide coverage for the harmed individual is through workers’ compensation.

Workers’ compensation in the United States covers appropriate medical care to the employee, and in certain cases can provide payment to help compensate for resulting disabilities. Employers are given three defenses to limit claims against them. The first one is referred to as the Fellow Servant Doctrine: if the injury was caused by a coworker, it is not the fault of the company but rather that coworker. The second calls into question the negligence of the employee. If the employee didn’t take reasonable measures to stay safe then the company cannot be held liable. Finally, employees accept a certain amount of risks when they accept a job and are to be held liable for those risks. For claims that fall outside of those three areas, workers’ compensation comes into play.

In exchange for receiving this compensation, workers voluntarily give up their rights to sue their employers for negligence. This “compensation bargain” is a tradeoff that prevents employees from double dipping, so to speak. If someone were to receive adequate workers’ compensation and then sue their employer, they would be receiving an unfair amount of compensation. In addition, employees cannot claim damages due to pain and suffering, and they cannot seek punitive damages for negligence.
Workers’ comp can function as a form of disability insurance, providing a weekly payment in lieu of the wages the employee would have received if he or she were able to work. It also acts as health insurance by covering medical expenses. Finally, if the worker was killed during employment, their dependents can receive benefits on the behalf of the deceased.

Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation cases go unreported. Underreporting of these cases stem from a fear of retaliation from the employer. For states that practice at-will employment, these cases can make or break a relationship with an employer. Wrongful denial of these cases is also an issue. Some companies choose not to provide adequate compensation to an injured employee, which can lead to massive debt. For this, many law firms like Hammack Law Firm will go after the employer and seek justice. They help navigate workers’ compensation laws so that the injured employee has the means to pay their medical bills and account for lost wages.

The Concerns of Golf Cart and Golf Cart Path Design

According to a study conducted by the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission, the country sees 15,000 emergency room trips due to golf cart accidents every year. Of all the reported golf cart accidents, 10% involve a rollover. Let’s take a look at what causes rollovers to be so common in golf cart accidents.

Golf carts most often only have brakes on their rear axle. This is the industry standard, despite the fact that this compromises the stability of the vehicle, especially at high speeds. Rollovers occur most often when drivers lose control of the vehicle while traveling downhill. We know from the numerous accidents that happen on the road that rolling front tires combined with skidding rear tires causes a great deal of instability while steering. However, this instability is usually not consequential on level ground and traveling at the low speeds that golf carts often travel at. On a downhill slope, however, the combination of rolling front tires and skidding rear tires can create a fishtail effect. This fishtail effect often causes drivers to think that a brake failure has occurred, causing them to press down even harder on the brake pedal. This eventually creates a complete lock of the brake, and creates an out-of-control skidding.

Depending on the golf course, golf cart drivers may be frequently presented with downhill slope hazards while operating their cart. Many golf courses have terrain with lots of short hills, sharp turns, and narrow driving paths. These conditions make it necessary to manufacture golf carts with adequate braking mechanisms for courses with sharp downhill slopes.

Within the golf cart manufacturing and design industry, there are not strict rules on the creation of braking mechanisms. There are no required tests for downhill braking. Similarly, there are no safety standards for the design of golf cart paths. Golf cart manufacturers often provide inadequate recommendations on how to account for turning radius or a maximum path slope as their path warnings are ambiguous and provide no quantification. The standards for golf cart design only have requirements and testing for dynamic braking on level ground. Because cart path designs are often very sloped and lack a determinant level of specificity, golf cart drivers and passengers are routinely subjected to dangerous terrain. These terrain concerns are not addressed by the American National Standards Institute on golf carts. The ANSI golf cart standard states that carts should not exceed 15 mph while traveling on flat ground. However, this speed can easily be exceeded when driving on a downhill slope.

After being recently involved in a golf cart accident, I began to do some research on golf cart liability. This site from Evans Moore law, a South Carolina golf cart lawyer was very helpful in explaining the compensation that may be awarded to me. Definitely worth checking out if you have been injured in a golf cart accident.

The Evolution of our Everyday Interactions

My family always tells me I should have been a lawyer because I love to debate so much. I probably would have enjoyed the profession. It was too much school for me, and I’ve always been somewhat impatient. I do love debate, however, but sometimes people claim that I just like to “argue.” In my opinion, it’s more about discovering the truth than anything else.

If you’re anything like me, you would probably agree that the truth is essential. When it comes to my coworkers and business, I don’t have a great deal of patience for feelings and seemingly irrational behavior. My attitude is along the lines of, “you can feel however you want to feel, but we still need to get the job done.” That being said, I always keep my discussions civil and professional when it comes to workplace disagreements.

Although I have never experienced it, hostile work environments are apparently a big problem for a lot of companies in the United States. I understand that disagreements will happen at work, and I try my best to listen carefully when faced with criticism. I believe that’s one of the best ways to improve. I couldn’t imagine being on the other side of the discussion, trying to express my opinion, and facing scrutiny that crossed a professional boundary into a personal attack.

I can imagine a situation where someone feels offended and starts taking it out on another person. It seems crazy to me, but times are tough, and a lot of people are under too much stress. Stress can drive a person to do strange things, and if it doesn’t get checked, hostility can transform into anger and unnecessary mistreatment. I found The Melton Law Firm website that discusses some of the terrible abuse faced by victims at work, and I’m glad there’s a way for these people to find justice. People need to feel comfortable at work if the country is going to stay on top of the global market.

The economy seems to be as strong as ever, and the biggest companies on the Fortune 500 list are doing just fine. The stock market continues to dip, dive, and come right back up, thankfully. Cryptocurrency seems to be a new style of day trading, and I wonder what the future would be like if online money replaced fiat money. Would everyone start working from home on their computers? Are drones going to begin delivering our groceries from a giant warehouse, so we don’t even have to go to the grocery store anymore? How are individuals going to meet in person in a world like that?

I guess we’ll find out. One good thing about a digital work environment might be less aggressive interactions face-to-face, but then again, passive aggressiveness can be just as detrimental to productivity as a traditional hostile work environment. Time will tell, but for the time being, I’m keeping my money invested in the stock market. At least, most of it anyways.

What’s Worse: Band breakups or marriage splits?

“What is it like being in a band?” My friends always ask me. It’s a lot of fun, but there are some drawbacks as well. I’m in my late twenties, and I’ve been playing music my whole life. It’s become the essence of who I am as a person, and music has a role in nearly every aspect of my life.

I first started playing the piano when I was six years old. My parents bought me a cruddy keyboard that had 28 different sounds, and I loved it! When I was old enough, I took trumpet lessons at school and joined the concert band. After a few years, my interests grew, and I joined the jazz band where I learned how to improvise and play in different keys. My favorite part of playing in the school’s band was the dedication from the group of disciplined students. Having a conductor made it a lot easier for everyone to stay focused and motivated, and the conductor was a seemingly unbiased third party that would address issues within the ensemble. I learned very quickly that balance is essential to succeeding in music.

I’ve been in several bands over the years and play drums now. I like playing drums in different bands because it gives me a creative outlet that is both physical and demanding. The challenge also includes a mental component, and as a drummer, I feel like I have the responsibility to keep the band high in energy and keep all of us in tempo. Sometimes, when the band is fighting, there isn’t an unbiased observer that can independently verify critiques, and people take things personally even when it’s not like that at all.

The most recent band I’ve been playing with got into a creative argument, and decided to take a break. I’d like to think that being on hiatus can feel a little like being separated in a marriage, but according to the Kessler & Solomiany, LLC attorneys, divorce is a pretty intense period of time. It doesn’t help that most of my bandmates are a little tight on money, and the shows we have lined up weren’t going to pay much, if anything. I still do it because I love playing music.

Sometimes when I listen to music, it’s hard for me to relax and just enjoy the beat. I get inspired when I hear beats, and it makes me want to get up and play along. Playing different genres of music doesn’t seem to help either, as I am continually judging different rhythms to analyze the new sounds coming together to make a tune. Don’t get me wrong, I love having this problem. But sometimes, I wish I could enjoy music the way other people enjoy it.

The worst is when you open for a band that you are better than. Music is completely subjective, and it’s tough to support another group that is getting more attention with less talent. My band and I are like a family, and even if we aren’t playing together, we still hang out all the time and catch up. I love those guys, and I’ll be playing music forever.

The Dangerous Stereotype of Dog versus Mail Carrier

As seen in practically every cartoon from popular ones like Tom and Jerry to obscure ones like Catdog dogs are often portrayed attacking anybody delivering mail. While this is some go to classic comedy, it can continue the thought that mail carriers are just supposed to put up with attacks from people’s dogs. Despite numerous tips that the United States Postal Service has issued to dog owners the attacks continue to occur. In fact, the number of attacks on mail carriers has actually been increasing in recent years.

A recent article from NPR states that in 2016 there were 6,755 dog attacks on USPS mail carriers. This is also 200 attacks higher than the previous year. According to the personal injury lawyers at Ravid & Associates, P.C. there are about 70 million dogs in 36.5 percent of American households. Although not every dog is prone to biting, with such a large number it’s a common problem that most people just don’t think about. There is a list of tips that the postal service had released for dog owners to minimize the prevalence of dog bites on their mail carriers. These tips include moving any dogs into another room whenever receiving mail, to not take mail directly from a mail carrier directly in front of a pet as they may take this a threat, and indicate on the website of the USPS whether or not you have a dog at your household so the mail carrier can know to be extra careful when delivering. Detroit made it on the list of cities with the most dog attacks on mail carriers with 48 dog attacks in 2016. This is out of 225 total attacks across the state of Michigan. This has seen an increase in insurance claims to over 25 percent. Overall Michigan is number eight out of states with the most insurance claims. At this point, the qualifications for becoming a postal worker in Detroit might as well include a section about how well you can fight a wolf.

Owning a dog is something most people just see as an accessory without realizing that it is an animal with its own instincts and thought process. Mail carriers shouldn’t be put on duty when they are just doing their job. And while the USPS can try all they want and post bulletins and tips to dog owners across the nation but it falls under the responsibility of the dog’s owner to really keep their animal in control. Unless major punishments and harsh penalties are put on negligent dog owners, they are unlikely to change their behavior.

If dog owners don’t start taking responsibility for their animals and curb this growing trend of dangerous dog bites, then these number of dog attacks can only rise with population growth. Or else the stereotype of dogs chasing mailmen in cartoon may mutate to dogs mauling mailmen.

What Am I Breathing?

There’s nothing in the world so natural and freeing as taking a long, deep breath. Drawing clear, clean air into your lungs can help you sort out chaotic thoughts and calm physical nerves. It’s a great exercise for mental and for bodily health. Unfortunately, for a lot of people all around the world, simply breathing can be a laborious, painful act for a huge variety of reasons. Industrialization means that many cities across the globe exist in a veritable smog. The particles released by coal plants can lead to severe, hazardous air quality conditions. Studies have linked poor air quality to medical problems such as mouth, lung, and throat cancer. A more mundane issue caused by air quality, allergies, plagues millions of people every year. Seasonal variations can make geographical areas rife with pollen, dust, and irritants. Those irritants can inflame your sinuses, cause runny eyes, and, in general, make people quite miserable.

A lot of folks depend on air filters to breathe easy when they’re in their homes. There are many different air filters on the market. Different models are built to suit large areas, apartments, and small homes. The Digital Journal reports that developments in the high-efficiency air filters can help people improve their health and avoid pollutant- and allergen-based medical issues. Average, everyday air filters actually allow a lot of particles to remain in the air. It’s important to obtain a high-efficiency product so that you are substantially improving your air quality. Additionally, those high-efficiency filters take less power to run and can save you money comparatively in the long run.

Credible organizations such as the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) measure the effectiveness of air filters using a specific system. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) system measures how well filters trap air particles of three distinct sizes. Each of these sizes has a number of sub-ranges, though, so the MERV system actually measures how well air filters work for 12 different sizes of particles.  

Air filters are placed on an efficiency scale of 1 to 16. An air filter with a rating of 1 would fail to trap most particles and would make little to no difference in the quality of the breathable atmosphere in the area. A rating of 16 would mean the air filter works wonderfully, catching most of the available particles. Unfortunately, the MERV standard isn’t that consistent. A rating of 8 doesn’t indicate that a filter would catch 50 percent of the particles.

A new standard, the ISO 16890 standard is much more consumer-friendly. The International Organization for Standardization thinks that buyers need an easier way to judge the effectiveness of air filters. People have a pressing need for air purity, and they need standards that can correctly measure these important products. Everyone deserves to be able to breathe freely.

Important Things You Should Know Before Selling Mineral Rights

Mineral rights are characterized by the right to extract minerals from a property. Minerals are very valuable, because they have various purposes and they are finite resources. For this reason, selling mineral rights can be the very thing that grants financial security not just to yourself, but also your family.

But before you even consider selling your mineral rights, there are various things you need to know.

Know your minerals

Minerals can take on many forms, and they may differ in value depending on their use and abundancy. Minerals can include metallic materials, such as copper, gold, and iron. They can also include earth materials like coal, clay, sand, and stone, and oil and natural gases.

It is important to know the minerals you have in your property so you can check their value and know what kind of companies you have to deal with and what kind of extraction methods you will be exposed to.

Know your rights

They are called “mineral rights,” so the least you can do is to know the “minerals” and know whether you have the “rights” over them or not. A good way to determine your rights is by looking at the deed. If the deed has mentioned that the ownership is a “fee simple,” it means that you own both the surface and the mineral rights. However, the deed may also indicate that you do not own the mineral rights.

Know your financial options

You can sell or lease mineral rights. Either financial option has advantages and disadvantages over the other. For example, selling may result into bigger and faster cash, but may also put you subject to extremely high taxes.

Leasing may result into slower cash, but the money flow is consistent and may even add up as higher compared to the lump sum you can get from selling. But the downside is that you may not be as financially secured, because of fluctuating levels of extracted minerals and fluctuating values because of market factors.

Distracted Driving and Drunk-driving: Two Major Causes of Car Accidents

Whenever you get yourself behind the wheel it does not matter what brand and model of car you drive, what matters rather is your undivided attention on the road and how well you observe road traffic safety rules. Violation of safety laws or directing your attention to something else other than driving and you increase the likelihood of a tragic road accident happening.

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that distracted driving is one of the top causes of car crashes in U.S. roads and highways. With it are driving over the speed limit, reckless driving and drunk-driving. Besides distracted driving, drunk-driving is another road traffic violation which federal and state authorities are working so hard to significantly reduce. Thus, the conduction of sobriety checkpoints, the implementation of payment of higher fines, imprisonment, community service, mandatory attendance in a DUI school, and/or revocation or suspension of driver’s license. The NHTSA’s strict enforcement of the anti drunk-driving law includes catching and charging drivers with a DUI/DWI offense if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level while driving is determined at 0.08%. Stricter, still, is the limit set for commercial drivers, which is 0.04%, while for drivers under the age of 21, it is zero tolerance, that is, no amount of alcohol should be detected in them.

Alcohol impairs drivers’ judgment and coordination – scientific studies have consistently proven this, but so does distracted driving, though the impairment it causes is of a different kind. While alcohol makes a driver’s reflexes weaker, causing him/her to fail to steer clear out of danger, distracted driving can cause a driver to lose control of the wheel or steer it more than necessary, directing the car, as a result, to where it should never be.

Majority of drivers, even the most careful ones, are guilty of allowing distractions to take their focus from road; many, however, are not aware of this. Think about certain other activities you might have performed simultaneously with driving, like, for example, eating, lighting a cigarette, playing your favorite tunes loudly, reading a map, brushing your hair, putting on makeup, adjusting a navigation system, adjusting a car radio’s volume, watching a movie from a laptop, having your picture taken by a passenger, conversing with a passenger and, worst of all, making or answering a call, or texting.

Driving is a privilege and privileges always require responsibility. Rather than ending up one day in a hospital bed or being legally required to find legal representation from experienced attorneys like the Spiros Champaign Law Firm to compensate someone for an injury your negligence or recklessness has caused, why not just focus on driving and save yourself from any of these? Doing so is one thing you will never regret.

Elder Financial Abuse

As unfortunate as it is, the people closest to us are far more capable of causing damage than a stranger is. The elderly are an easy target and are taken advantage of regularly, even if an afflicting act towards them occurs without notice or is unintentionally committed. For example, it can be especially difficult for family members to recognize the damage caused when “borrowing” money from a beloved elder transforms into financial abuse.

Despite the instinctive nature of a grandmother or grandfather to support their children, it is unacceptable to accept or request money from them on a regular basis. Though giving out gifts of cash is always a pleasant surprise, it can sometimes be the state of their well-being that affects these decisions, rather than their generosity; in those cases where this impairment is acknowledged, it can be tempting to take advantage of a giving elder. Family members are often put in charge of an elder’s financial matter, giving them direct access to a senior’s money. With that much knowledge and interaction with their finances, the risks are heightened as the people handling the money can potentially abuse the privilege that has been entrusted with them.

More intentional acts of financial abuse involve a partner or spouse influencing the spending habits of an elder or harming their good credit. Family members can also try to evoke guilt or sympathy from their elder relatives in order to attain financial help. Some don’t even bother asking and simply take money without the elder’s consent of the transaction.

In all cases, whether purposefully immoral or not, true distress is caused for an elder who shouldn’t have to doubt the intentions of his/her family members. Financial abuse is a silent crime that will persist unless addressed, so action must be taken against the wrongdoer, even if that person is very dear to the elder.