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Dog Collar and Leash

October 29th, 2013 6:44 am

Choosing the right dog collar and leash for your small dog is important and imperative in keeping your dog safe, healthy, and comfortable. There are many options out there and choosing the best option will allow you do to these things. If your small dog enjoys a good walk as much as you do, look for a leash that allows your pet more freedom while still being under your command, a retractable leash will allow you to do this. As far as a comfortable collar, make sure there is about a two finger space between the collar and your dogs neck, so that your pet is not choked, yet there is no room for the collar to slip off.

1. Leash

Leashes come in an assortment of styles, materials, widths, and lengths. The following are the best choices to use during training:

Cotton web: Cotton web leashes are readily available in pet stores and through catalogs and websites, and they come in a variety of colors.

A good training leash is a 6-foot cotton web leash — it’s easy on the hands, easily manipulated, and just the right length. It’s also the most economical. For the average-size or larger dog, use a cotton web leash that’s 1/2-inch wide. For toy dogs, use a leash that’s 1/4-inch wide.

Nylon: Looking a lot like the cotton web leash, the nylon leash can be easily manipulated. However, nylon isn’t as easy on your hands as cotton web, especially with larger dogs.

2. Collar

Collars come in a dazzling assortment of styles, colors, and materials. When training your dog, you need two types of collars:

A training collar: The purpose of a training collar is for you to be able to guide your dog when he’s on-leash and, if necessary, to check your dog. (A check is a crisp snap on the leash, followed by an immediate release of tension.) A check is used mainly for abstention training, which is when you want your dog to stop doing something that he wants to do but you don’t want him to do, such as chasing a squirrel. The check creates an unpleasant experience for the dog, which he can avoid by stopping the unwanted behavior.

A buckle collar: When not training, your dog should wear a buckle collar with ID tags attached. The collar can be leather, nylon, or cotton web. Buckle collars come in an assortment of colors and styles and are made of fabric or leather. Collars made of fabric usually have plastic clasps; the leather ones have metal clasps. If your dog weighs more than 50 pounds and hasn’t yet been trained, you’re better off using a leather collar with a metal clasp — a plastic clasp may break when your dog tries to go after a moving object.

You must use the two types of collars — training collars and buckle collars — correctly. Remove the training collar when you aren’t training your dog or when you can’t supervise him. And don’t try to use a buckle collar to train. For the untrained dog, buckle collars are virtually useless.

How to Choose the Right Sunscreen Lotion

August 14th, 2013 9:17 am

Sunrays contain UV A and UV B rays. Both of these are harmful and you should always be conscious to protect your skin against the negative effects from these UV rays. Applying sun screen lotion is one way of protecting your skin against the harm. Thus, sunscreens find an important place in our daily skin care routine. Not only when we need to step out in the sun, but they are preferably used on daily basis for maximum effect.

The SPF (Sun Protection Factor) indicates a product’s effectiveness against sunburn-causing UVB rays. If a bare-skinned, fair person reddens in four minutes, an SPF 30 ups that time to 120 minutes (the simple math, 4 x 30 = 120). The ratings have been around for decades, but in recent years, there’s been a lot of action on the high end, with an SPF of 70 hitting the market in 2007 and an SPF of 100+ becoming available in 2009.

There is no total sunblock claim. If you see such a claim, now considered “false or misleading” by the FDA, it’s either an old product or an old packaging, or it could be on a product from a smaller company. They have been granted an extra year to make the label changes.

Look for an SPF of 30. That should be plenty for most people outdoors, although though some dermatologists advise that patients who have had skin cancer or other conditions go with a higher SPF. You will need to reapply every two hours.

Real aging protection. For protection against skin cancer and damage that leads to wrinkles and age spots, you need a sunscreen that also shields against UVA rays. These reach deeper layers of your skin, disrupting its immune system and causing genetic changes that can lead to cancer.

Labels that tell you if you’re getting adequate UVA protection. The key words are “broad spectrum.” Before this year, that claim meant only that the product contained an ingredient that provided some UVA protection. Now it tells you that the sunscreen has been tested to prove it works against UVA rays.

Look for “Broad spectrum” and an SPF of at least 15. A broad-spectrum SPF 30 product must have more UVA protection working in tandem with SPF, so a broad-spectrum SPF 30 product must have more UVA protection than a broad-spectrum 15 one. Below SPF 15, no product can claim to protect against cancer or early aging.

Also, check out the now-required drug facts box. Broad-spectrum sunscreens that are SPF 15 and higher get bragging rights — “If used as directed with other sun-protection measures, this product decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.” Those that don’t meet the standard’s labels must read, “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.”

How to Extend Your Android Phone’s Battery Life

May 20th, 2013 8:38 am

Cell phone battery is one of the most important cell phone accessories. The cellular phone battery life is one of the key factors users look at when purchasing a new cell phone. If you want your Android device to work longer, try these tips to extend your handset’s battery life:

See what’s most consuming your phone battery

Navigate to Settings > About Phone > Battery Use to see an organized breakdown of what’s consuming your phone’s battery. Applications and features will display in a descending list of battery hogs. If you see an application you barely use or a feature you never use, uninstall the app or turn off the feature.

Turn unnecessary hardware features off

It’s great that today’s phones have LTE, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, but do you really need all four activated 24 hours per day? Android keeps location-based apps resident in the background, and the constant drain on your battery will become noticeable, fast. Some 4G and 4G LTE smartphones let you turn off 4G mode separately, which is a good thing, since LTE consumes extra power but has yet to blanket the country. If your phone has a power control widget, you can use it to quickly turn on/off GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, and sometimes 4G as well (depending on the phone).

Set display brightness to adjust automatically

Turning down the brightness is obvious—you’ll be surprised at how much this one helps alone. But the automatic adjustment setting is less well known. Activating it means the OS will automatically dim its display in darker environments, including seemingly well-lit indoor rooms.

Dump unnecessary home screen widgets and live wallpaper

Just because they’re sitting on the home screen, seemingly inactive, doesn’t mean they’re not consuming power. That goes for widgets that poll status updates in the background, as well as ones that just sit there but look pretty and animated—not to mention animated live wallpaper. (But don’t dump everything, as part of what makes Android great are the home screen customizations; just remove the ones that you don’t use.)