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Why Dogs Eating Dirty

Why Dogs Eating Dirty

Coprophagia (the ingestion of excrement) is widespread in many animals, not just dogs. We do not know very well why dogs eat disgusting and dirty feces. Some have a genetic propensity for coprophagia, and in this case, it is around the age of 4 to 10 months that this behavior manifests itself. The coprophagia generally stops when the animal reaches the age of one year.

There are many reasons why dogs like to eat cat poop and litter, but no one is really sure of the reasons for this behavior. Sometimes, the problem is medical, especially in the case of pancreatic insufficiency or malabsorption syndrome, two conditions that compromise the digestion of food.

Dogs communicate through their mouths. They love to carry sticks and they love to chew toys or bones. Dogs also like things that smell and feces are obviously in this category. Strange as it may seem, your dog probably eats droppings to examine something that interests him.

Most, puppies eat their own droppings when they learn to clean. This happens because they are still unsure where to defecate or not. Afraid of having made a mistake, puppies will “destroy all evidence”.

This behavior can also happen with adult dogs that stay locked inside. They often eat the stools of their puppies by cleaning them at a young age.

Some dogs eat their excrement to recover unabsorbed nutrients. For example, dogs that receive foods high in starch and carbohydrates, and low in fat and fiber, are more likely to eat their feces, as are dogs that receive mostly dry or low-quality food.

Cat’s diet is rich in protein. So cat’s feces can attract your dog. You must imperatively and quickly discourage this behavior because cat litter can be dangerous to your dog.


Thus, dogs that eat the feces of other animals are unlikely to lose this habit unless they are prevented from doing so. Coprophagy is very difficult to stop:

  • You must first clean the dog’s environment without delay before he eats his excrement.
  • Prevent boredom by increasing your dog’s activity.
  • Also be sure to provide a balanced diet, very digestible and that meets his needs.
  • Adopting foods that are high in fat, fiber and protein and low in carbohydrates may be effective.
  • Some “tricks” work well, like sprinkling food with a tasteless meat tenderizer or commercial product or giving the dog some canned pumpkin.

In any case, if your dog is coprophagous, consult your veterinarian.

Why Bother Recycling?

Why Bother Recycling?

Organic waste is all the waste that can be degraded by micro-organisms. We find there:

Animal products: blood, meat, milk, …
Vegetables and food leftovers
Gardening waste: cut grass, remains of pruning …
Sludge from the wastewater recycling process
Why recycle organic waste?


Organic waste constitutes 30% of the waste rejected by the average household, as well as most of the waste of the Agrifood Industry. These wastes are therefore present in large quantities, and recycling them makes it possible to reduce the volumes treated by the conventional incinerator.

In addition, these wastes can pose several problems if they are poorly managed:

How does it work?

The green waste is sent to special centers where a quick manual sorting tries to remove the non-degradable elements such as stones, glass, etc. From there, green waste can follow two distinct paths: anaerobic digestion or industrial composting.

Industrial composting

The waste is crushed, mixed with chips to ensure good ventilation and finally stacked in the open air in the form of huge piles. They are then left there for six to ten months. Every month, a construction machine is used to return the piles (composting needs aeration). Bacteria, worms, and fungi will colonize the mass of biodegradable waste and feed on the nitrogen and carbon present. Such biological activity can raise the temperature in the center of the pile up a bunch.

An example of industrial composting

The rainwater that falls on these mountains of decomposing waste is reprocessed (see treatment of wastewater) because they come out too loaded with nitrogen.
At the end of the process, the compost looks like a black earth, heavy and granular. This material is meant to obtain a perfectly homogeneous material that will be resold.

Anaerobic digestion

Beautifully called “anaerobic digestion” by professionals, this process is less common than composting. Unlike the latter which requires dry elements to avoid rotting, methanation works perfectly with liquids or very wet, poor in structuring elements.

Facts About Doberman Pinscher

Facts About Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher is intelligent and active dogs that are usually identified by their pointy ears, their cut tail, their safe attitude and their black color with toasted marks.

Knowing about these dogs, even about their life expectancy, will give you the ability to discern whether the Doberman is the right breed for you.

The overall Doberman average lifespan is 10 to 15 years with optimal health conditions. This varies, just as in all breeds of dogs. There are no documented Doberman records that have lived the longest, but there are owners who claim to have dogs of this breed over the age of 20.


To ensure that your Doberman pinscher lives to its fullest potential, a proper diet is necessary. These dogs, being active and muscular, require large amounts of protein compared to the less active breeds.

A high protein diet consisting of fresh meat and cereal is ideal, but some commercial dog foods have special blends just for this breed.

Feed your Doberman pinscher with a program of six small meals instead of three, because they have a high metabolism.


Doberman pinschers require exercise. Without exercise, these dogs become lazy and gain weight, which causes them a number of health problems. A Doberman pinscher who have health problems related to lack of activity will lose years of life, just as it would with a person.

Take it daily to a dog park or other area where you can enjoy a good run.


A stressful environment affects the health of your Doberman Pinscher. When a dog like this is constantly dissatisfied, stressed or frightened, he will essentially lose his desire to live. This, of course, affects their life expectancy.

If your environment is too stressful, with many conflicts and clutter, it may not be the best place to raise a Doberman to its full potential, much less than another breed of dog.

Medical care

Large dogs like the Doberman are prone to hip dysplasia, which affects the acetabulum (cavity) of the hip producing pain. Hip dysplasia, among other health problems of large breeds, can affect the general health of your dog and decrease your life expectancy.

Take your dog regularly to the vet for health check-ups, which will ensure your best friend has a long life.


This is a race of relatively recent origin. It was developed in Germany in the 1860s, presumably through the cross between the old short-haired shepherds, the German Pinscher, the Rottweilers, the Beaucerons, the Manchester Terriers and the Greyhounds.

The creator of this breed was a German tax collector named Louis Dobermann. Dobermann had to travel frequently through areas infested with bandits and decided to develop a watchdog and bodyguard capable of handling any situation that may arise.

This breed has many talents including tracking, surveillance, protection, police work, military labor, search and rescue, therapy work, competitive obedience and others.

Physical appearance

The Doberman is a medium-sized, square-shaped dog with a muscular, compact body. The head is long and when you look sideways it looks like a wedge truncated. The upper part of the skull is flat and has a slight stop in the mouth.

The color of the nose depends on the color of the dog’s coat, black on black dogs, dark brown on red dogs, dark gray on blue dogs, dark cinnamon color on fawn and pink dogs on white dogs. The teeth are joined in a scissor bite.

The color of the eyes is almond with several shades of brown, depending on the color of the dog’s coat. The ears usually have the posture in the erect position (usually they are cut at 12 weeks).

A lot of breeders are starting to stop cutting off this dog’s ears. The tail is usually docked at the age of 3 days.

Males usually weigh between 40 and 45 kilograms and reach a height of 68 to 72 cm. For their part, the females weigh between 32 and 35 kilograms and reach a height of 63 to 68 cm.


The Doberman is very enthusiastic, energetic, with tremendous strength and endurance. He likes to be with his people and does not adapt well to life in a yard or locked in a kennel as he needs human interaction and leadership.

Loyal, tolerant, dedicated and affectionate with the family. Determined, courageous and firm at the same time at work, it is very adaptable, so it is highly qualified and versatile.

Dobermans are intelligent and very easy to train. They are excellent as watchdogs and do not need additional training for protection.

The Doberman needs an owner who is willing and able to show a natural authority over the dog. All members of the family must be firm, secure and consistent, set the rules and stick to them.

By his character, this dog needs constant attention and training. As mentioned above, they need a firm owner to establish leadership. It also requires constant physical exercise.

Tips to wash the dishes faster

Tips to wash the dishes faster

Fill the sink or a basin with lukewarm water and add detergent so that it has a very thick layer of soap. Start your dishes with those who are less dirty. Preferably start with the glasses, then the cutlery then the plates depending on the size. If the water gets a bit too greasy or gets too cold, change it. Above all, handle the kitchen knives carefully, keep them by the handle and do not stack them in the bowl. Proceed one at a time.

In addition, washing dishes by hand is done in several ways. It is possible to remove the soapy layer and wipe it with a sponge or cloth, just as it is possible to leave the dishes under the soap so that the dirt is removed. It is also possible to stack the dishes in the basin or sink or lift them one by one leaving the rest on the counter. It all depends on how you can do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.


To ensure that the dishes dries fast, ensure that the rinse water is warm. Then place the dishes in the drainer and pour the hot water over it until it is completely soaked in the basin or rinse sink. Let cool a little and then rinse inside glasses, cups, bowls, plates. Make sure that you have a powerful faucet for this. You can see some good ones here.


It is possible to let the dishes dry in the open air just as it is possible to wipe it off using a clean towel. In the case of clean towel, start with the glassware then after the cutlery and so on. To do this, rub the glassware with a clean cloth; Preferably a soft, lint-free cloth. Do the same for the cutlery. As for pots, pans and the rest, it is better to use paper towels because on the cloth, they may leave traces of color or grease.

What are common characteristics of insomnia?

What are common characteristics of insomnia?

Insomnia is a disorder associated with insufficient sleep, poor quality and non-recuperative feeling. The result is fatigue during the day, as well as irritability or mood disorders. Insomnia can be temporary or chronic.

The transient insomnia occur on a short-term (up to three weeks). It usually has easily identifiable causes (poor sleep hygiene, consumption of exciting substances, stressful life events, medical issues, environmental changes).

The chronic insomnia are sleep disturbances that occur for over three weeks and the causes are multi factorial and often less easily identifiable.

Psycho physiological insomnia

A stressful event will trigger bad sleep habits that will become chronic afterwards. The person then develops conditioning (fear of not sleeping or sleeping badly), which will reinforce and aggravate insomnia;

Psychiatric Insomnia: People with certain psychic disorders (mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia) often have insomnia;

Insomnia related to medications: insomnia is part of the side effects of certain drugs, such as amphetamines and antidepressants.

Insomnia: Insomnia may be related to medical conditions, sleep disorders or abnormal movements during sleep:

Medical conditions causing insomnia

These are organic or neurological conditions, such as head injuries, degenerative neurological diseases, stroke, acute pain, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular and endocrine disorders And the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Sleep apnea-hypopnea (AHS) may occur in the form of decreased respiratory activity (hypopnea), discontinuation with persistence (obstructive apnea), or interruptions in ventilatory control (central apnea ). An apnea corresponds to an interruption of breathing for more than 10 seconds. It can cause short-lived awakenings and break up sleep. The consequences are significant diurnal somnolence, cognitive impairment (concentration, memory) and snoring;
When a person makes more than 15 apneas or hypopneas per hour of sleep, one speaks of sleep apnea syndrome (SAS). This phenomenon affects men more than women. It is often due to abnormalities in the upper airways. Smoking and obesity are aggravating factors.

Abnormal movements during sleep: among the most frequent are periodic movements of the legs during sleep (MPJS) and restless legs syndrome (RLS). The MPJS lasts between 0.5 and 5 seconds and occur every 4-90 seconds. They result in short-term awakenings and disorganization of sleep (insomnia or on the contrary excess of sleep).

The RLS corresponds to unpleasant sensations in the legs and an irresistible need to move to the waking state, often in the evening when falling asleep. In 4 out of 5 cases, RLS is associated with the PYD.

What can be done?

There are a few things that can be done to prevent insomnia.

Get a good mattress

Big surprise here, if your mattress sucks then so will your sleep. If you get a good air mattress for your guests (example) then they will also have a good sleep.

Eliminate noise

Another thing that can be done is to highly eliminate the noise in the area. A white noise box can help greatly with this. Also wearing earplugs will help too.

My Favorite Yoga Accessories

My Favorite Yoga Accessories

Yoga is my favorite ways of reducing stress. I love everything to do with yoga but some accessories are better than others.  I’ll go over just a few of the best ones today that I like to use.

Mala Beads

Malas are a necessary accessory in any yoga arsenal.  For those that don’t know what they are, they are beads that help you to meditate and really get into the state of enlightenment.  Not only are they a fashion statement, they are also very useful for having a good yoga experience.  You can buy them wholesale at online stores like this one. They also have a good facebook page.


Yoga Pants

This article wouldn’t be complete without yoga pants.  They are very important as they allow you to be completely flexible and do all the right moves very easily.  A quick tip would be to choose a pair of yoga pants other than spandex.  Almost everyone that you see will be sporting a pair of spandex pants.  Try the Thai elephant pants or more of a sports type of clothing, you won’t regret it.

Meditation Chairs

Although these can be expensive they are still another must-have accessory for all yoga enthusiasts.  Let’s face it yoga is tiring and sometimes after a long day you just want to relax.  A chair is perfect for this.


Mat Cleaning Spray

One of the drawbacks of yoga is that your mat will inevitably get dirty at some point.  Don’t worry though it’s an easy fix.  Just get some mat spray like the Manduka brand and your mat will be fresh and clean for years to come.  I’ve personally had a mat for well over 5 years!


My Favorite Ways To Reduce Stress

My Favorite Ways To Reduce Stress

I read a good article today that I thought I would elaborate on.  I see so many people walking around in today’s world in a constant state of stress and anxiety.  I think it’s so important to be able to find peace in life so I’ll share a few of my personal favorite techniques.

meditating by the ocean

Meditation:  So many people think that meditation is difficult, but I always found it to be easy.  The key is all in the breathing.  Just focus 100% of your energy on breathing as deeply.  Start by inhaling deeply through your nose, feeling the air rush through your body.  Then repeat by exhaling slowly through your mouth.  The whole time thinks positive thoughts about yourself and you should start to feel calm and relaxed.

friends telling jokes

Laughing:  Learning to laugh more is a highly underutilized technique to turn a  bad situation into a funny one!  I do it all the time and have never felt happier.  You can watch a funny youtube video, go to a comedy club or just have some friends over for wine and tell jokes:)

exercise helps mood

Exercise:  Yes exercise, obvious right?  Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it isn’t highly effective.  So it’s time to get off your butt and stop procrastinating!  Exercise has so many health benefits, too many to list here but I just had to mention it as it’s so powerful.

how to be more grateful

Be Grateful:  If you’re reading this right now then you’re very fortunate.  There are people in third world countries struggling to get by that don’t even know where they’re next meal is coming from.  Keeping a journal is a great way to focus on the positive things in life and keep out the negative.  What I personally do is write down everything positive that happened during the day and then review it at the end of the day and more often than not the positive things outshine the negative by a ton!

These are just a few of my favorites.  Now it’s time to implement them!

5 Carpet Cleaning Tips For The Toughest Stains

5 Carpet Cleaning Tips For The Toughest Stains

Hey guys, today I have some quick tips for getting tough stains out of your carpet.  I recently took a vacation to visit a friend of mine in the states and one day we accidentally spilled some wine on the carpet.  Luckily she knew of a carpet cleaning company in the area, Lake Norman Carpet and Tile Care. They removed the stain so easily that it inspired me to share some of the tips that I’ve learned over the years of cleaning up after my family.  I love them to death but they can be a handful of times!

If you’re lucky then the stain you have will be a liquid stain, as these are usually easier to get out.  If not though, don’t worry as I’m going to share with you the best substances that you can use to get out those pesky stains.


wine stain

Baking Soda

I find that baking soda is one of the best things you can use to clean up some of the worst stains such as vomit and pet stains.  First just pour it over the stain and then pat it with a paper towel or cloth.  Then let it dry before vacuuming up whatever is left over.  Not only does baking soda help to lift the stains but it also deodorizes at the same time making it one of the best choices.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Normally used as a disinfectant, hydrogen peroxide is a great household item in general.  But it can also be used for other things than disinfecting cuts, like removing stains from carpet.  First mix a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a little bit of toothpaste.  Then rub the paste on the stain and rinse it off.  Watch as the stain disappears before your eyes!


This one is especially useful for wine stains.  Who hasn’t spilled some wine on their carpet at some point when having a girls night?  Just pour some salt on the stain to absorb it and wait about 10-15 minutes.  Then simply use the vacuum to clean up the residue.  If you have an extremely bad stain you can always mix the salt with rubbing alcohol for extra power.


The first chemical solution on this list.  Ammonia is a classic and for good reason.  It just works.  Simply use 1 cup of ammonia with 2 liters of water and sponge it over the stain, then let it dry.

White Vinegar

Vinegar is another great household item that can be used to remove pet stains.  Before you use it though it’s important to check that the cleaning surface doesn’t react to it as it could end up doing more harm than good.  It doesn’t take much vinegar to get out those pesky stains so use it sparingly.

Hope you guys enjoyed these tips.  If you want some more tips to click here.



The Best Fermented Foods

The Best Fermented Foods

What are fermented foods?

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation. This is when natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food as well as creating beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.




Kombucha: Kombucha is a drink that I love to consume regularly. It’s fizzy and tart and has all the right combinations to satisfy my thirst. I wish that bars served kombucha, as it would be a healthier alternative to a lot of sugary mixed drinks.

Besides its great taste, kombucha also has many health benefits that include: detoxification of the liver, joint aid, improved digestion and gut health and boosted immunity.  Studies have shown that kombucha benefits cancer as well as fights off E. coli and staph bacteria in the digestive tract.




Pickles: Pickles are one of my favorite foods because of their crispy sour taste and the fact that they can be used in many different dishes and recipes!

According to the NSDA pickles not only contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals but also have many health benefits such as: free radical scavenging from antioxidants, aiding digestion, liver protection, reducing ulcers, diabetes control and more!




Sauerkraut: Sauerkraut is another tasty fermented food that can be used in a variety of dishes.  When you buy sauerkraut make sure that it is the unpasteurized  variety (unless you are pregnant) because pasteurization kills all the healthy cultures that are present.

The health benefits of sauerkraut are numerous and include: boosted circulation, increased energy, reduced cholesterol levels, eliminated inflammation, protection against cancer, improved vision and more!




Tempeh: Tempeh is in my opinion the best alternative to tofu.   It is made from soybeans and contains amino acids as well as a lot of probiotics, making it an excellent plant based protein!

The health benefits are also numerous.  Tempeh has been shown to improve cardiovascular health and lower blood fat levels.  It can also help to prevent cancer!




Miso: Miso is known to add a lot of flavor to many recipes.  It does have high levels of sodium but is perfectly good when used in moderation.

Miso helps digestion and gut health because it is full of friendly microflora which is bacteria that is beneficial to the intestines.  Immunity is also increased by this bacteria.  Miso has also been shown to have anti aging benefits and has been used widely in Japan and China for centuries because of this.  It is important to choose unpasteurized miso (unless pregnant) because all the beneficial bacteria is killed off by the heat in pasteurization.



In Conclusion

These are just a few of the many wonderful fermented foods out there.  Not only are fermented foods healthy but they make a great addition to many recipes.  Give them a try and you won’t be disappointed!