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From Beast to Beauty: Adventures in Dog Training

black labGood Dogs aren't born - they're Trained!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

with special thanks to Dan Salb of Dan's Elite Dog Training

In April we adopted a young black lab that had been rescued from a kill shelter in Georgia. Instantly our somewhat chaotic household was immersed in constant insanity - the dogs fought, the cats hissed, the children screamed, and the young male dog was a force in motion - constantly chewing, jumping, biting, destroying, etc. Even our animal-crazed children begged us to get rid of him. He was, quite frankly, the canine spawn from hell.

In desperation I emailed several dog training groups around the Mid Shore. I've trained dogs before, but had never encountered a Beast such as this. I was concerned about joining a "rewards only" dog training class. Even with smaller, calmer dogs I've always had the best results from a combination of rewards and a properly used choke chain collar. But nothing in my past prepared me for this unmanageable, wild beast. We had just about admitted defeat and were prepared to return him when I spoke with Dan Salb from Dan's Elite Dog Training in Easton.  Dan was confident that our Beast could be trained - and guaranteed that, if we followed his program, our dog would be OFF-LEASH reliable at the end of the 10 week training program.  He sounded so confident that I instantly felt better - the feelings of hopelessness and defeat were GONE.  We had a plan!

I was very encouraged following our first class - I could already see a difference with his behavior outside, on leash. Unfortunately that didn't address his MULTITUDE of problems indoors. I was told to keep him crated unless I could devote my time to him, and to return him to the crate if he became unmanageable.  He spent a LOT of time in that crate. (and yes, I felt guilty about that!)

Enjoy Local Artwork at a Wine & Cheese Reception!

The Caroline Hospice Foundation cordially invites you to a

Wine & Cheese Reception at The Foundry Gallery

Come, celebrate local artists and support Caroline Hospice on August 6 from 4-7pm.

401 Market Street, Denton

$10 donation. Hospice is also seeking wine & cheese donations!

 The Foundry, where over 20 Caroline County artists and artisans have their work on display to view and sell. Notecards, prints, and other gift items are also available, including wood turned items made from wood salvaged from the building (circa 1850). 10% of art gallery sales will benefit Hospice!

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Is Your Dog Out of Control?

Dog: Man's Best Friend or Public Enemy #1?

Every dog is trainable!Every dog is trainable!Dan's Elite Dog Training in Easton, MD can help your dog become calm, attentive and trustworthy - even off-leash! Is your dog a wild-man? Do you have to drop everything to control the dog when someone comes to your door? Is your furniture, child and cat in danger of being chewed? Are you ready to give up in frustration? Relax, and talk with Dan Salb about your problem child - er, dog.

Dan teaches a 10 week course based on the method used to train all of Walt Disney's dogs over 40 years ago - remember those movies? By the end of the 10 weeks, if you follow the training & practice for 45 minutes 6 days a week, Dan GUARANTEES that your dog will be trained and trustworthy - even off-leash!

How should a small business celebrate in this economy?

Harrison Street BooksHarrison Street BooksHarrison Street Books and proprietors Peggy Neviaser and Aly Valentine pondered that very question and have come up with an answer that might surprise you.

Harrison Street Books opened in 2007 to be a community partner for people of all ages in reading, education and literacy, so what better way to commemorate their second anniversary then sponsoring a month of giving to four local community charities! "We want to celebrate what we have become; not just an anniversary of business longevity, but of integration within our fine community." says Valentine.

Queenstown Bank in Ridgley Now Open

Queenstown Bank in RidgleyQueenstown Bank in RidgleyQueenstown Bank of Maryland announced that their new Ridgely Branch is now open for business. Located at 204-A East 6th Street, the full service office will also offer customers the added convenience of drive-through banking plus ATM deposits and withdrawals.

“Our doors are now open and we’d love to have the opportunity to chat with potential consumer and commercial banking customers from the area and tell them about our services,” said Branch Manager Jamie Dulin, a Ridgely resident, and former branch manager of BB&T Bank’s Greensboro office. She said that a Grand Opening Ceremony open to the public will be held on Saturday, May 9, from noon to 2 pm, and feature hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages, entertainment and free giveaways.

Get rid of the clutter, manage your space better, and have more time.

Want Your Closets to Look this Good?Want Your Closets to Look this Good?"I know the stress of a messy living space, and I appreciate the stress of never having enough time," explains Debbie Bowden, owner of Organize Now. She started the local professional organizing service three years ago to help people feel satisfied in their homes and gain time during the day.

Debbie developed a simple 5 step process: Gather, Sort, Categorize, Distribute, Maintain. The "Maintain" step is essential, and she provides a written maintenance plan so clients will STAY organized. And for added value, she does a 3-month follow-up visit at no extra charge.

Got Stress? Call Cindy Draper & Associates!

We're juggling more stress these days. Our bodies bend in supplication, yet we find ourselves experiencing headaches, stiffness, muscle spasms and overall physical discomfort. We can't make the world go away - but we CAN minimize the effects of the world on our bodies and spirits.

Cindy Draper & Associates, located in historic Denton, have created a cocoon of rejuvenation and serenity in their 1890 Meditation GardenMeditation Garden
Victorian home and Meditation Garden. Experience the healing power of Reiki, acupuncture, reflexology, massage and more.

Licensed massage therapist Cindy Draper explains, "I believe in the healing power of touch! I love helping clients that come in with aches, pains, stress, and physical or mental fatigue leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. It's the best!!!"

Connect the Dots - and Follow Your Dream!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Sara England CunninghamSara England Cunningham
It is said that dreams come true when you follow your passion and do what you love! For many of us, these dreams began with childhood fantasies and play. Cal Ripken loved baseball; Oprah Winfrey loved to talk with people and made friends easily. And, once upon a time, a precocious three year old effectively organized all the other kids in the sandbox and put on one fantastic tea party!

Sara England Cunningham is all grown up now - and she's following her passion with her company,Connect-the-Dots. Based in Kent County, MD, Sara is already earning a reputation on the Mid-Shore for coordinating events that are simple, elegant and fun!

Connect the DotsConnect the Dots“I love talking to people and finding out what makes them tick, then incorporating that into their event, making it personal and real to them (and everyone who knows them!)” says Ms. Cunningham. “I listen to what people say about themselves – what makes them smile. That’s how I can create an event that’s just right for them!”

Connect-the-Dots orchestrates many different occasions, including mega-events such as weddings, corporate celebrations and large community events. But Sara’s expertise can also remove the stress from smaller celebrations as well, such as a book signing, a garden or book club social, a non-profit volunteer appreciation gathering, a family reunion or a small/intimate anniversary or wedding.

“For smaller events,” Sara explains, “I attach an hourly rate for consultation. I can probably plan a small party from conception to execution in an hour, two tops. For the average person, planning a small party can consume hours and hours without much result. So, hiring a party planner can be cost-effective, even for a small budget oriented party. Additionally, as a professional party planner, I know where to find the deals, where to cut corners and where to ‘put on the dogs’ for the most bang for your buck.”

Get Totally Fit While Having Fun!

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Easton, MD 21601
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Another Level Fitness is one of 300+ Crossfit facilities. CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program designed to elicit as broad an adaptation response as possible. It is not a specialized fitness program, but a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in all ten areas of fitness. Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Life rewards this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist that only focus on one. Many of the modern day boot camps are based on or are taken from the Crossfit style workout.

Is It for Me?
The question regularly arises as to whether older or deconditioned persons can do this type of workout. The needs of an Olympic athlete and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. One is looking for functional dominance the other for functional competence. Lifting a 20 lb. bag of dog food for the average Joe is equivalent to an elite athlete picking up another 200 lb. person, so why should the means of training to do them be any different?

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