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4 Ways To Enjoy Summer With Your Pet

4 Ways To Enjoy Summer With Your Pet

The sun is out, the sky is shining beautifully in its turquoise blue glaze, the birds are chirping wildly, and the sunscreen seems to be disappearing from the shelves of stores. While we lie roasting ourselves in the sun, we often contemplate including our pets in our vacation. We question how one does that and how some people even travel with their pets all over the world.

Is it possible?

Of course it’s possible. It’s possible for you to travel with your pets all summer and have a blissful time with them. There are a few observations that my friends and I have made while trying to accommodate our four-legged friends into our summer routines.

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So, while you entertain yourself with a nice martini, let’s give our furry friends a nice bowl of premium pet food so they can stretch out and chill with us.

1. Get Them Used To The Transition Of The Weather.

Generally, animals realize the change of weather, season, or atmosphere prior to us humans. This is due to their bodily function, their body temperature, and the perspiration rates that shift according to season and temperature. However, they require us to help them during this transition in order to adapt to extreme heat or cold.

Constant long walks, enough water, and great grooming for pets with long fur allows them to feel comfortable. Furthermore, a visit to the vet and groomer can go a long way in avoiding your furry friends turning into Bob Marley or being overheated during the summer.

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This comfort triggers their instinct to adapt to the nature of your activities. Therefore, taking them out and having them around during your vacation will become easier and less of a hassle.

2. Tire Your Pet Early During The Summer By Letting It Free.

I’ve noticed this among many people, especially couples, where they lose their “couple time” to bond and be a couple again. Just like humans, animals are instinctively jealous towards their owners. Therefore, it’s probably been months since you had quality time together and “looking forward” would be an understatement.

Let your pet, especially your dog, tire itself during the day. Dogs love the outdoors. They love running around, jumping in the beach waters, and literally having the times of their lives. This eventually tires them out and instead of being jealous, they embrace the love.

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What a better way to have an intimate night than to have your pet sleep soundly?

3. Carry Enough Treats.

While traveling or being by the beach, as we enjoy our moments of silence and comfort, lying there taking selfies of our tan and reading our books, our pets have been continuously in the sun and continuously active. Although our appetite is fine, our furry friends might feel the need for frequent food.

Having a jar of treats conveniently with you allows you to enjoy your time with your pet, doing activities and playing around, without starving it. In most cases, this increases the trust your pet has in you and reduces the stress and restlessness due to being overly hungry.

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4. If Traveling Abroad, Choose Comfort Over Price.

Unfortunately, although we have grown in terms of aviation technology, pets are still discriminated against and treated like luggage. This is an environment where a snakeskin bag and a live snake are put together in the same room. We have also heard that many pets perish due to hypothermia, stress, and anxiety during plane travel.

Therefore, if you’re traveling abroad and have your pet with you, you should invest in a huge travel cage which ensures the comfort of your pet. Your pet should be able to stretch out in it. Some may be against sedating, but keeping your pet sedated for the duration of your flight allows them to rest peacefully without panicking. Never forget to provide enough blankets to keep your pet warm — just remember that the cargo is 4 times colder than the cabin!

What’s summer like without your pets? Unfortunately, I would say it could be pretty depressing. Missing the innocent smiles and the silliness of them being part of your life will be an itch all summer. To avoid this, these small tips could help a great deal.

However, remember that your pet may have a better tan than you sometimes!

Featured photo credit: Shenkeri Chandramohan via fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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