4 Tips on Taking Care of Your Husky

The gentle nature and liveliness of the husky makes it the choice of pet for families searching for a long term companion. Yet, care of this magnificent dog is often something neglected as we go about our busy day to day lives. Like all dogs, huskies require care and attention. Dedicated care and attention for your husky is the only way to derive a satisfying and healthy relationship with your pet. We list here, 4 tips on taking care of your husky.

It is important to pay attention to your husky’s health needs. Do so by scheduling regular visits to your local vet. At a puppy’s age, be sure to vaccinate your husky against a variety of dog-related illnesses. This is important as failure to do so could possibly result in grave consequences in time to come. Also, it is important get it checked on a regular basis for hip dysplasia when your husky has reached the age of six. Huskies in general are typically prone to this illness especially if they do not have adequate amounts of protein and fat in their diet. In all cases, vets provide valuable advice regarding a huge variety of topics covering nutritional and training needs. Thus, visits to the vet are necessary to ensure that your husky’s health is at its peak.

You should also take precautions to prevent your husky from running away from your home by taking the necessary measures. Huskies are active dogs with strong muscles with the ability to dig relatively deep holes as well as the ability to jump over fences. Make sure all fences are secured deep into the ground and that fences are high enough to prevent possible escapes from your home. Huskies are known to run great distances only to find themselves get lost far from home when they actually do escape.

In addition, take your husky out for regular exercises. These dogs are used to wide open areas and require an ample amount of space for physical activities. You could take your husky for a walk or engage it in simple games such as a game of ‘catch’. Exercise prevents obesity and develops your husky’s physical strength. Health-related problems are known to arise for inactive huskies. Even better, games promote great owner-pet relationships allowing the husky to grow closer to you as well as be integrated into the neighborhood in which it lives in.

Last of all, it would be necessary to train your husky. While huskies are mild tempered dogs, they can be relatively mischievous. Fortunately, they are relatively easily to train. Training can be done yourself. Alternatively, you could engage the services of a professional dog trainer. Skills which are necessary include toilet training and social skills. Training your husky would be a worthwhile long term investment by ensuring that your husky does not get into too much mischief in and around the house.

Taking care of your husky is something which requires patience, commitment and effort. In any case, those who are able to put in such commitments would be amply rewarded with a great time with their huskies for years to come.

5 Key Mistakes Business Owners Make And How To Avoid Them

You’re the business owner! Top dog, right? You make the rules, break them, lead, project the future, create a past, and work daily on building an empire for the future. But what if I were to tell you you may be one of many business owners that make 5 key mistakes? Hard to feel Top Dog after hearing that. But, there’s ways to avoid them and this article will show you how.

Funny expression, isn’t it? Top dog. Know where it came from? Turns out it’s an old sawing term. Back in the day, sawing logs was done over a pit with a two-handled saw. One guy stayed on top and the other was in the pit – both sawing. Thus, the one on top was called the top dog. Now, you’d think the guy in the pit would be the underdog, but he was actually called the bottom dog.

Clearly Top Dog is what all business owners want to be, or Top Cat, if you favor felines. But just for a moment, let’s stay with the dog theme. What if you really were a dog? What kind of dog would you be? Granted, I am admittedly more a fish person than a dog or cat person, but if I had to pick what kind of dog I was, I’d probably say that I’m a mix between Newfoundland and a Labrador Retriever. Newfoundlands are exceptionally strong swimmers and great lifesavers around water. Being a fisherman, I gravitate to water. And Labs are great at leading the blind and make excellent companions. In a way, I’m like the lab in that as a business coach, I help business owners who’re either lost or overwhelmed, or highly successful business owners in need of effective business systems. Either way, I guess this would make me a Newbrador.

According to Cheryl Lock (Pet360.com) the smartest dog is the Border Collie. These herders are not only loyal, but diligent at doing their job well. Next comes the loyal and dependable German Shepherd, capable of sniffing out drugs and hunting down bad guys. They’re, known for their strength and loyalty. The Bloodhound, also known for an incredible sense of smell and tracking, comes next. Got a problem with bedbugs? Calling all Beagles! Their exceptional sense of scents can detect the tiny varmints like nothing else. Not to be sold short, the exceptional Labrador Retriever comes in 5th. Noted, as I said above, for their ability to lead the blind, they make wonderful, loving, people-pleasing pets. And the ever-lovable Newfoundland comes in 6th.

In 7th place is the Belgian Malinois (Shepherds) that are great at sniffing out things like explosives, narcotics, accelerants (for starting fires) and finding missing people. In close place at 8th is the Siberian Husky who is a diligent, hardworking, strong dog that is great at pulling sleds and working hard. The adorable Golden Retriever comes in 9th and is a great therapy dog, gentle, loving, and eager to please, and finally the Australian Shepherd comes in 10th. These herders are great at adapting, are impressively strong, and are very energetic.

Wherever you see yourself, being at the top can be lonely. It’s hard to always have to be the responsible one, and while dogs generally have someone there to give them a treat upon performing well, business owners can often find themselves working 24/7 with little time to sleep, let alone have a treat.

And they’re human. They make mistakes. Here are the 5 key mistakes business owners make and how to avoid them.

Mistake 1. Thinking they can do it all. I worked with a client recently that felt he could not afford a receptionist or a filing clerk simply because money was so tight. I asked him what price he would put on his own personal time, and he stuck a price tag of $75/hr. I was quiet for a few moments with the lights went on. He could hire 7 people for the price he was worth.

Mistake 2. Not having a clear mission and vision statement. I can only equate this to wanting to go somewhere you’ve not gone to before, having no clue how to get there, and expecting your car to find the way. Some business owners have no clue how to get to where they want to go, but expect their employees to somehow know the way. It doesn’t work.

Mistake 3. Not tracking and measuring everything. To track how something is doing, one must have a system in place. Many business owners don’t have effective systems in place and therefore have no tracking system in place. Some are even unsure what should be tracked. Easy. Track everything.

Mistake 4. Hiring the wrong team. Many business owners go for whatever’s the cheapest and as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” On a rare occasion (such as the recent recession), good people are willing to work for next to nothing, just to survive, but for the most part, if you skimp and hire inexperienced, non-dedicated people, you’ll run the risk of getting shabby, below standard work.

Mistake 5. Not investing in their customers. Buying customers can sometimes be as simple adding value to your offers. Added value makes your customers feel special. Of course, having an exception product or service will result in their sharing information about you with friends and family members, resulting in referral customers. Feed your customers what they want and in turn they will feed you by choosing you over your competition.

California business owners and quite frankly all business owners want to be on top, or let’s face it, they wouldn’t be in business. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. Another expression from the past. Turns out that in 43 B.C. Roman scholar Marcus Tarentius Varro, upon observing humanity, apparently said, “Even a dog will not eat a dog”. Humans, he noted, destroyed their own kind. The expression became a metaphor for ruthless competition and by the time the Industrial Revolution came around, the phrase, “It’s a dog-eat-dog-world” was a household expression.

And yes, it’s a dog-eat-dog brutally “ruff” world out there. But, now you know how to avoid the 5 key mistakes business owners make, you’ll move from underdog to top dog in no time.

The Sports Event Every Small Business Owner Should Watch

Can you imagine leading a pack of 12 Siberian Huskies across 1,000 miles of freezing cold (and brutally tough) Alaskan terrain?

I can’t.

Sleeping as much as you can in a paper thin tent…

Eating rock hard beef jerky whenever you get a chance…

And being blasted by Mother Nature.

And while many would argue that the Tour De France or the Kona Ironman are the toughest endurance events on the planet, I say it’s the Iditarod dog race.

Why?

Because anyone who’s willing to lead a pack of 12 dogs for 20 days while Mother Nature is doing her best to CRUSH this person, is someone with a boatload of mental toughness to do darn near anything they set their mind to.

And here’s something else to ponder:

The Iditarod participants get next to no chance to rethink… re-strategize… or change course because the clock keeps on ticking. So they have no choice but to go balls to the wall hoping their original race plan is enough to win.

Sound familiar?

Everything about this race reminds me of how business is done in the 21st century.

You got all kinds of competitors dying to eat your lunch.

You got all kinds of customers price shopping you on the internet.

You got all kinds of government regulations strapped around your neck.

And despite all of these roadblocks, you have to find a way to lead your business (as well as your team if you have employees) over, around, through and under every single obstacle that stands in your way.

So what?

What’s the big lesson here?

Now that I think of it, the lesson here is the fact that business is tough. Business is hard. Success does not come easy no matter how many times we’re reminded about that one-in-a-million overnight success.

Sure, you can certainly have a big breakthrough in business.

But more than likely, you’re going to have days, weeks, months and maybe even years where the going is slow like the Iditarod dog race. And if you are truly committed to success then you have to keep plowing along… making slow and steady progress until you lead your pack of dogs across the finish line.

The irony in business is the fact that the finish line never comes.

Huh?

Yeah, because once you achieve one goal there is another goal looming on the horizon.

This is also why you have to celebrate your success (when you cross that finish line) so you don’t burn yourself out.

So there you have it.

The sporting event you should follow if you own a small business and are serious about making it successful.