ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.

Between July 29 and August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both. Contributions further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease.

“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”

With only about half of the general public knowledgeable about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge is making a profound difference. Since July 29, The Association has welcomed more than 70,000 new donors to the cause.

“While the monetary donations are absolutely incredible,” said Newhouse, “the visibility that this disease is getting as a result of the challenge is truly invaluable. People who have never before heard of ALS are now engaged in the fight to find treatments and a cure for ALS.”

Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only modestly extends survival by two to three months. Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal. In addition to acclimating to the challenges that come with losing control of voluntary muscle movement, people with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and eventually breathe.

“With more people aware and more people engaged in the fight against ALS, we are poised to work collaboratively with not only other ALS organizations, but also with pharmaceutical companies and academia to expedite new treatments for people impacted by the disease,” Newhouse continued.

Experience the #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon that’s spreading ALS Awareness across social media. Challenge your friends and family today!​

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Your 2014 Emmy’s Breakdown

If you haven’t heard it by now, we are all living in “The Golden Age of Television”. Whether it’s a new story about certain A-list movie stars signing up for a new television show, or your co-worker going on and on about how they watched 34 episodes of Breaking Bad in 2 days, you’d have to be living under a rock to not here about how TV has quickly become (again) the hippest medium of entertainment.  So, with TV’s biggest night coming up on August 25th, we thought we’d give you the rundown of who’s getting what at this years Emmy’s

 

While this years ballot surely reflects television’s changing tastes and trends from last season to this season, there are certain staples that seem to rise above such things like Game of Thrones (which secured 19 total nominations), Mad Men (as it prepares to head off into the sunset), Breaking Bad (which did), Louie and HBO as an entity, which brought in 99 nominations to outpace all other networks. While those shows always seem to be mortal locks every year, there is also room for some fresh blood and this season saw a few impressive debuts, most notably True DetectiveFargo and Silicon Valley, which find themselves competing for best series honors in the drama, comedy and miniseries categories and various individual acting honors (save for Silicon Valley, which is a bit of a snub for the members of that talented ensemble).

As always, the snubs tend to draw more attention than a lot of the projects that get selected and this year is no different. Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg is absent from the lead actor in a comedy list as is his show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and theOrphan Black Clone Clubbers have taken to social media to voice their intense displeasure over the snub of Tatiana Maslany. Other names come to mind as well like Melissa McBride from The Walking Dead, David Tennant and Olivia Colman fromBroadchurch, Dean Norris from Breaking Bad, Mindy Kaling from The Mindy Project, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones and Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show. I could rattle off another dozen names, but that’s the beauty of these nomination ceremonies – they really make you sit down and reflect on the year in television and think about some of the best performances that you saw.

Below, you’ll find the list of the official nominees, but feel free to let us know about who you think got snubbed.

Drama

Outstanding Drama Series

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective

Lead Actor in a Drama

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jeff Daniels in (The Newsroom)
Jon Hamm in (Mad Men)
Woody Harrelson in (True Detective)
Matthew McConaughey in (True Detective)
Kevin Spacey in (House of Cards)

Lead Actress in a Drama

Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Julianna Marguiles (The Good Wife)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)

Supporting Actor in a Drama

Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)

Supporting Actress in a Drama

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)

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Comedy

Outstanding Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory
Louie
Modern Family
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Veep

Lead Actor in a Comedy

Louis CK (Louis)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
William H Macy (Shameless)
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)

Lead Actress in a Comedy

Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Fred Armisen (Portlandia)
Tony Hale (Veep)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Kate Mulgrew (Orange is the New Black)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Outstanding Animated Program

Archer
Bob’s Burgers
Futurama
South Park
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Manhattan Project

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Miniseries/TV Movie

Outstanding Miniseries

American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
Fargo
Luther
Treme
The White Queen

Outstanding TV Movie

Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Las Vow
The Trip to Bountiful

 

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge)
Idris Elba (Luther)
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Helena Bonham Carter (Burton and Taylor)
Minnie Driver (Return to Zero)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Coven)
Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Beautiful)
Kristen Wiig (The Spoils of Babylon)

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Jim Parsons (The Normal Heart)
Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart)
Alfred Molina (The Normal Heart)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Martin Freeman (Sherlock)

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Frances Conroy (American Horror Story: Coven)
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Coven)
Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Coven)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)
Ellen Burstyn (Flowers In the Attic)
Julia Roberts (The Normal Heart)

Reality 

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
Dancing With the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Project Runway
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host Reality-Competition Program

Betty White (Betty White’s Off Their Rockers)
Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars)
Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance)
Anthony Bourdain (The Taste)

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Variety

Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs on August 25th @8PM ET on NBC with host Seth Meyers

 

2014 Fantasy Football Draft Strategy

 

Fantasy Football 2014: Breaking Down Best Draft Strategy and Cheat Sheet
Preseason football has begun, so that can only mean one thing – your fantasy football draft is right around the corner.  Excited for draft night but nervous because you haven’t had a chance to do your homework yet? Mintvine has done it for you.  Check out this breakdown of the 2014 Fantasy Football Season brought to you by none other than Bleacher Report.

There is no tried-and-true fantasy strategy that transcends all leagues and drafts. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all drafting ideology that will guarantee you success. The truth is, the real key to fantasy drafting is flexibility.

How do you respond to that run on quarterbacks a round before you expected it? What do you do if that sleeper running back you were targeting is taken a few picks before you planned on nabbing him? What happens when you have one of those drafts where your targets aren’t quite falling to you?

Those are the factors that really make a draft. But there are a few things you can do to ensure you put yourself in a good position to weather the fantasy storms.

For starters, it’s vitally important to have a rock-solid strategy for the early rounds in your draft. That’s what we’ll be focusing on here. Let’s start by taking a look at my top 25 players in fantasy drafts this year. In a 10-man league, you ideally want to snag three of these players.

 

Mocking the Top 25 Fantasy Players
Draft Slot Player Team Position
1 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles RB
2 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings RB
3 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs RB
4 Matt Forte Chicago Bears RB
5 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos QB
6 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks RB
7 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints TE
8 Calvin Johnson Detroit Lions WR
9 Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers RB
10 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints QB
11 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB
12 Arian Foster Houston Texans RB
13 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals WR
14 Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos WR
15 Zac Stacy St. Louis Rams RB
16 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB
17 Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys WR
18 Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears WR
19 DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys RB
20 Alfred Morris Washington RB
21 Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons WR
22 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers QB
23 Matt Stafford Detroit Lions QB
24 Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers RB
25 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers WR

 

This year is a tricky season for fantasy owners in the early rounds, much trickier than in years past. On one hand, after a season with so many duds, injuries and surprises at the running-back position, the prevailing logic this year would be to quickly snatch reliable running backs early and often.

On the other hand, how many truly reliable running backs are there? Last season, players like Arian FosterRay RiceDoug MartinC.J. Spiller and Trent Richardson were all either first- or second-round picks. Be it due to injury, a timeshare in the backfield or simply a surprising dip in form, all were major flops.

They weren’t the only ones. Stevan Ridley couldn’t hold on to the ball.Darren McFadden again couldn’t stay on the field. Maurice Jones-Drew and Chris Johnson were less effective than in years past. More than a few teams relied on a backfield-by-committee approach.

Sleepers and pleasant surprises emerged, like Zac Stacy, KnowshonMoreno and Eddie Lacy, but in general, the position led to more than a few fantasy players pulling out their hair.

 

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And that’s why the early rounds are so tricky this year. Generally in the first two rounds you target can’t-miss players, guys you know are safe picks and will reliably produce points on a weekly basis. You can take calculated risks in these rounds, but you are never simply throwing all of your eggs into the “potential” basket here.

But this year, how many running backs can you truly rely on?

Barring injury, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal CharlesMatt ForteAdrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch all seem pretty safe. Sure, Charles will probably see his touchdown total drop. Yes, Lynch’s insane workload over the past three seasons is somewhat concerning. But in general, the top five at the position is your “I can sleep soundly knowing I drafted this player” tier.

Lacy seems like a pretty safe selection himself, but if Aaron Rodgersstays healthy for a full season and the Green Bay Packers air it out, Lacy’s upside isn’t as high as the top-five guys. Still, toward the end of the first round, he’s a strong pick.

After that come the question marks. For starters, can players like Foster and DeMarco Murray stay healthy? The following tweet from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle might give you pause: Texans’ Arian Foster considered retirement after back surgery http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2014/08/texans-arian-foster-considered-retirement-after-back-surgery/ 

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Is Stacy the real deal, or will Tre Mason eat into his touches? Was Martin’s rookie season an aberration? (He wasn’t having a great year when he got hurt, remember.) Alfred Morris seems safe, but his upside seems tempered, especially with Washington more likely to air it out withDeSean JacksonPierre Garcon and Jordan Reed in the passing game. Will Le’Veon Bell score enough touchdowns to have a big season?

All of those players should be considered in the second round. The problem is, safer players will also be available in that round.

If Rodgers or Drew Brees fall into the second round, don’t you want to take the sure thing at quarterback? What about sure things at wide receiver like A.J. GreenDemaryius ThomasDez Bryant and Brandon Marshall? What do you do if Jimmy Graham drops? (Though he really should be a first-rounder.)

And let’s not forget about Julio Jones, who should have a big year. We may not see him a ton in the preseason, of course, but his receivers coach Terry Robiskie said he’s coming along nicely in camp, per MarkInabinett of AL.com:

It’s just the fact that he’s moving good. Most of the time guys who are coming off an injury, you’ve got that little gimp or you see a sense of it on a certain cut or a certain plant. … He’s just been smooth. He’s gliding. He’s running. … But to say he’s back 100 percent, I can’t say that. But he’s moving really, really good.

So there’s that to consider as well. All of this raises the question: Do you take the plunge on a riskier running back, or do you go with the surer thing at a different position?

Honestly, this is where you need to take the temperature of your league. If running backs are flying off the board fast and furious in the second round, take the plunge on a back. There will be value at the other positions later in the draft.

But if there is a sudden run on quarterbacks or wide receivers, join it. Gladly take the safer player in the second round and nab your backs a round or two later, when all of the players left all come with their own risk anyway.

 

After all, the draft is about balancing reliability with upside. You never want to overpay for potential early in the draft. You never want to make low-upside picks later in the draft. You’re trying to maximize value with every selection, which is why you stay safe early on and start to take bigger risks as the draft reaches the later rounds.

How you start your draft will dictate how you finish it, though. When in doubt in those first two or three rounds, take the safer option.

Make “Man’s Best Friend” an even better Friend

Going along with last weeks theme of changing things up a bit, we decided to venture even further from our usual list of ways to save you money.  This week we will be discussing pet care, more specifically, dog care. While we know not all of you have a dog, we do predict that you will encounter one in the near future. So, without further ado, I present to you….(drum roll)….

Things that Humans do that Dogs Hate

There are many ways you can drive a dog nuts — and you probably aren’t even aware of them. So if you want to be your dog’s best friend, find out how you can fix your annoying habits.
Using words more than body language
We’re a vocal species. We love to chatter away, even at our pets, who can’t understand the vast majority of what we’re saying. Dogs might be able to deduce what a few key words mean — walk, treat, toy, off — and maybe even learn hundreds of words as some border collies have done. But they can’t understand human language. What they rely on to figure out what we mean is our body language. Dogs have evolved to be expert readers of the human body and can figure out what you’re thinking and feeling before you even realize you’re thinking and feeling it. But we can easily send mixed signals if we are only paying attention to what our mouths are saying and not what our bodies are saying.
A great experiment (and something that will probably have your dog sighing with relief) is to try to spend a whole day not saying a word to your dog, but communicating only with your body. You’ll realize just how much you “talk” with your body without realizing it, how to use your movements and body position to get the response you need from your dog during training, and how involved a conversation can be without emitting a single sound.

Hugging your dog
While you might love wrapping your arms around a furry canine friend, most dogs hate hugs. We as primates think hugs are awesome and express support, love, joy and other emotions through hugs. It’s totally normal to us to wrap our arms around something and squeeze, and it only means good things. But dogs did not evolve this way. Canids don’t have arms and they don’t hug. Rather than camaraderie, if a dog places a foreleg or paw on the back of another dog, this is considered an act of dominance. No matter your intentions with hugging, a dog is hardwired to view the act of hugging as you exerting your dominance.

If you’re wondering if your dog hates your hugs, just pay attention to her body language when you go in for a cuddle. Does she tense up? Lean her head away from you? Avoid even a hint of eye contact? Lick her lips? Keep her mouth closed? Pull her ears back against her head? All of these are signs that a dog is uncomfortable.

Petting a dog’s face or patting her head
Do you like to be patted on the head? My guess is no. Having someone reach out and tap us on the head, no matter how lovingly, is not something most of us enjoy. It’s annoying at best and painful at worst. And we really don’t want the hands of strangers reaching toward our face. If someone were to reach their hand toward your face, I’m guessing your reaction would be to pull your head back and lean away, and get a little tense about the invasion of personal space. Yet most humans think that dogs like being patted on the head. The reality is that while many dogs will put up with this if it’s someone they know and trust, most dogs don’t enjoy it. You may notice that even the loving family dog might lean away slightly when you reach for her face to pet her. She’ll let you because you’re the boss, but she doesn’t like it. It’s a personal space issue for dogs just as much as it is for us. This is why responsible parents teach their children to gently pet a dog’s back or rear, but don’t pat, and definitely don’t go for the dog’s face. If you really want to reward your dog for being awesome, don’t bang on their head, but give them a rub on their rear end right by the tail. They’ll thank you for it!

 

Walking up to a strange dog while looking her in the eye  

When you look a strange dog right in the eye, unblinking, you might be smiling and trying to warm up to them but the dog is probably reading it as an act of dominance or even aggression. They might display a submissive response — looking away, doing a little wiggle for pets, rolling over onto their backs — or they might start backing up and barking. Either way, for most dogs, a stranger looking it right in the eye while approaching is not a comfortable situation.                                                                                               If you want to say hello to a new dog in a way that is comfortable for both of you, approach with your body angled slightly (not with your shoulders squared toward the dog), your eyes slightly averted, and speak quietly with a gentle voice. All these body language cues of friendship will help a dog understand you mean no harm. The dog might still want nothing to do with you, but at least you didn’t approach in a scary way that could cause a defensive or aggressive reaction.

Not providing structure and rules
Dogs want, need, and love having rules. You might think having strict rules makes life boring or unhappy for your dog. But dogs really want to know what’s what according to their leader. And really, it’s not so hard to relate as humans. Children thrive when they have a consistent set of rules to follow, and they do less well in environments that provide them a free-for-all. Think about polite, well-balanced kids you know, and the spoiled kids who lack social skills or throw temper tantrums when they don’t get what they want. Which set of kids are the ones with consistently enforced rules and boundaries? And which set tends to be most consistently happy? With dogs, it’s pretty much the same thing. Rules make life a lot more predictable, a lot less confusing and a lot less stressful.
 And speaking of confusing, dogs don’t understand exceptions to rules. They don’t understand that they’re allowed to jump on you when you have leisure clothes on but not when you have work clothes on. They don’t understand that they’re allowed on the couch after a bath but not after coming in from a romp in the mud. Additionally, saying “No” for breaking a rule but not actually doing something to help the dog stop the behavior and learn the rule doesn’t count as enforcement. Dogs thrive when they know where the boundaries are, and when you spend time enforcing consistent boundaries with positive rewards, you also are building up their trust in you as a leader. You’re setting up conditions for a very happy dog!
Forcing your dog to interact with dogs or people she clearly doesn’t like
Just like so many other social species, dogs have their favorite friends and their enemies. It is easy to see what other dogs — and people, for that matter — that a dog wants to hang out with and those with whom she’d rather not associate. Yet, there are a lot of dog owners who go into denial about this or simply fail to read the cues their dog is giving them. It is common for overly enthusiastic owners to push their dog (sometimes literally) into social situations at dog parks when their dog would rather just go home. Or they allow strangers to pet their dog even when she is showing clear signs of wanting to be left alone.
Going for walks without opportunity to explore and smell
There are walks, and there are walks. It’s definitely important to have a dog that knows how to walk obediently on a leash. However, it’s also important to allow a dog to have some time to explore her surroundings while walking obediently on a leash. Dogs see with their noses, and they place as much importance on their sense of smell as we humans place on our sense of vision for interpreting the world around us. It’s probably safe to say that dogs appreciate the smell of a tree trunk the way we appreciate a beautiful sunset. Dogs loathe not being able to take in their world for at least a few minutes a day, and too often we humans are focused on going on walks for the sole purpose of exercise or potty breaks. We trudge along the same old route, often without any variety or sense of leisure, and in too much of a hurry to get back home again.
Keeping a tight leash, literally
Just as dogs are amazing at reading our body language, they’re amazing at reading our tension levels even through the leash. By keeping a tight leash on a dog, you’re raising the level of stress, frustration, and excitement for your dog, and conversely, for you. I know what you might be thinking: “I don’t want to hold a tight leash, but I have to. My dog is the one pulling, not me!” But this is why it is so important to teach a dog how to walk on a slack leash.
 An amazing amount of energy is transferred between you and your dog through that little strip of canvas or leather. By keeping a loose leash, you’re letting your dog know that everything is fine and dandy, that there’s no reason to be worried or tense. With a slack leash you’re saying to your dog that you are calm and have everything under control so your dog is free to be calm as well. On the other hand, by keeping a tight leash you’re sending a message to your dog that you’re tense, nervous, on alert, ready to fight or fly, and your dog responds in kind.
Being tense
Tension on the leash isn’t the only way a dog can pick up how you’re feeling. You can tell when a person you’re around is feeling tense, even if you don’t realize it. Dogs have the same ability. The more stressed and wound-up you are, the more stressed and wound-up your dog is. And dogs, just like us, don’t like that feeling. You might roll your eyes, but the next time your dog is acting frustrated and tense, check in with yourself — have you been feeling that way for the last few minutes, for the last few hours, or the last few days? Your dog might just be acting as your mirror. If you need a reason to meditate, helping your dog calm down is a great one.
Being boring
You know that feeling of being stuck hanging around someone who is totally boring? Think back: remember having to be with your parents while they ran grown-up errands? None of which revolved around a toy store or park, of course. Remember that feeling of barely being able to contain yourself, of wanting to squirm and groan and complain. You couldn’t take part in the adult conversation, which was boring anyway, and you were told to sit still and hush. But oh boy did you ever want to just moooove! Just run around the block or something to break the monotony. That’s how your dog feels when you’re busy being that boring grown-up. Dogs abhor it when we’re boring. And it’s hard not to be! We get home from work and we want to unwind, to get a few chores done, to make dinner and sack out on the couch and relax. But that’s about the most annoying thing we could do to our dogs who have been waiting around all day for us to finally play with them.
 If your dog is making trouble — getting into boxes or closets, eating shoes or chewing on table legs — she’s basically showing you just how incredibly bored she is. Luckily, there is a quick and easy solution to this: training games. Teaching your dog a new trick, working on old tricks, playing a game of “find it” with a favorite toy, or going out and using a walk as a chance to work on urban agility, are all ways to stimulate both your dog’s mind and body. An hour of training is worth a couple hours playing a repetitive game of fetch in terms of wearing a dog out. While of course exercise and walks are important, adding in some brain work will make your dog happy-tired. Even just 15-30 minutes of trick training a day will make a big difference.
Teasing
This should be obvious, and we won’t spend too much time on it. But it’s worth pointing out because too many people still think it’s funny. Don’t bark at a dog as you pass it on the street. Don’t wave or talk to a dog that is barking at you from behind a window or door. Don’t pull on a dog’s tail. The list can go on and on, but in short, don’t do something you know makes a dog mad just because you think it’s funny. It’s not funny to the dog and can lead to some serious behavioral problems — and, perhaps deservedly, you getting to sport some new dog-shaped teeth marks.