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5 Special Treats to Buy Your Dog This Autumn

5 Special Treats to Buy Your Dog This Autumn

Winter is coming and with it the cold nights are drawing in. Then, don’t wait for Christmas to treat your pooch to something to keep them toasty, warm and their tail wagging. Instead, take a look at these five special treats and see if there isn’t something on the list worth indulging your dog with this autumn.

1. A New K9 Crib

Every dog needs his (or her) own bed. Not only is a dog bed advisable for any pooch as it provides them with a designated place to sleep, most obviously; a dog’s bed is also an important investment as it provides a pooch with its own territory and a literal safe place to retreat to. Hence, buying dog beds is serious business and it takes some real doggie lover know how.

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For those buying a first time dog bed, before doing so give the guide featured on the canine journal website a read ahead of hitting the shops. Meanwhile, for those looking to replace their dog’s old bed, head straight over to shops like the Pet Luxury website to get your dog a new crib that they (and you) can be proud of.

2. Somewhere to Stash the Scooby Snacks

A dog’s life is no life when it doesn’t involve being thrown the odd bone (or Scooby snack) from time to time. For a truly cool place to stash your dog’s treats and also ensure they keep fresh as well as sealed to prevent them stinking the house out, treat your pooch this fall to its very own personalised dog treat storage jar as sold via the Personalised Gifts Shop Online.

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Better yet, go one further and invest in a Bake-a-Bone Original Dog Treat Maker as sold via the Amazon website and you can even use your dog’s personalised treat jar to keep home made snacks in. This is not only a cool gadget for those looking to create dog treats that they know their pooch likes and as well treats which they can ensure contain only ingredients they want their dog to eat, but is a really creative and fun way to involve the whole family in feeding the dog and learning about its nutritional needs.

3. Walkie Talkies

No, dog walkie talkies are not ‘an actual thing’. At least not yet. Rather, this is a must have this autumn for any dog owner to ensure that their dog gets a good long walk at least once a day without their owner getting bored and cutting walkie-time short. What is the magical gadget that can keep an owner occupied whilst walking their dog then? Less of a gadget even and more of a gadget add on, every dog owner should treat themselves to a Juice Squash Power Bank as sold at PC World this autumn to ensure their iphone, smart phone or ipod doesn’t die on them whilst walking their dog.

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Not only is having your phone or music player working and good to go likely to extend the amount of time you spend walking your dog, it is also a matter of safety; when walking a dog in a rural place or anywhere ‘off the beaten track’ or in the evenings as autumn nights are far darker than summer ones, it is a matter of safety to ensure you have with you a phone in case you happen to fall, injure yourself or worse.

4. Buying Man’s Best Friend a Pint at the End of the Day

Devised by a dog owner who often stopped by his local whilst walking his dog or when returning from a long walk with his four legged best friend, dog beer is not only an actual thing and exists, it is also an inexpensive, alcohol free and nutritional treat for your dog. To learn more about (and buy) doggie beer, head over to the Official Snuffle Dogbeer website.

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5. A Pooch Pamper Spa Day

Last but not least, because us humans are not the only creatures to suffer when summer draws to an end and the dry air, cold nights and frosty morning hit, why not take the opportunity or just use the colder weather as an excuse to book yourself in for a spa day and whilst you are at it also book your dog in for some poochy pampering at the likes of one of the world’s many pooch parlours and dedicated dog spas such as The Pet Spa London.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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