How to Select an Old English Sheepdog

1.Choose a sheepdog if you want an intelligent, playful and friendly companion. They are decent watchdogs.
2.Try a sheepdog if you're looking for a good family dog. They are tolerant of older children, but don't do well with smaller kids who pull hair.
3.Adopt a sheepdog if you already have other established pets. They get along well with most animals.
4.Anticipate your dog to reach a height of 20 to 24 inches at the shoulder and weigh 60 to 100 pounds when full grown.
5.Expect to pay between $800 and $1200 for a good-quality dog.
6.Consider adopting a sheepdog from a rescue group. Many of these dogs are already housebroken and finished with the chewing stage. There is usually nothing wrong with the dog; the owners didn't research the breed and later discovered that they and the dog were incompatible.
7.Remember that sheepdogs are quick learners and are eager to please their owners.
8.Note that sheepdogs don’t do well with small children. The main reason people give up their sheepdogs is that their dog and kids don't get along. The second reason is the large amount of grooming required.
9.Prepare to spend a fruitful 10 to 12 years with your sheepdog, as this is the sheepdog's average life expectancy.  
Keep your sheepdog in a secure yard — the breed doesn't require a lot of room, as it is fairly sedate, but you will want your dog to get exercise to keep fit.
Make sure you or someone in your home is willing to spend 30 to 60 minutes a day playing with and exercising the dog.
Plan a daily grooming regimen to keep up with this dog's coat.   Steps:
1.Stay outside as often as possible during nice weather so your puppy can develop a preference for eliminating outdoors.
2.Help your puppy develop surface and location preferences by taking him outdoors to eliminate after meals, playing, and sleeping or, ideally, every 15 minutes.
3.Go straight to a predesignated area and don't leave until the puppy urinates.
4.Watch the pup's body movement and behavior while relieving himself outdoors so you can detect and intercept potential soiling when indoors.
5.Confine your puppy to a cozy crate in your bedroom at night. Dogs are den animals and don't like to soil the area where they sleep.
6.Carry the pup outdoors when he's restless at night, and wait until he's finished relieving himself.
7.Set the alarm for 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. (or even every hour) if you sleep too heavily to notice your puppy's fidgeting, and carry the dog outside at those times.
8.Carry the puppy outside first thing in the morning so he won't soil the floors while walking to go outside.
9.Be consistent in your training, and consult a pet behaviorist if you have problems.
1..Reward your dog with puppy treats and praise every time he eliminates outdoors. 
Corrections and punishments for indoor accidents will only teach a puppy not to eliminate around you (even when outdoors), and it won't stop a pup from eliminating indoors when you're not around. So avoid punishing your puppy. A sharp "No!" followed by you carrying the pup outside will suffice.
Clean the area where an accident has occurred to neutralize odors. 
Warnings: Avoid giving your dog the message that relieving himself is wrong: Don't rub his nose in the mess, and don't hit him with a newspaper.  Steps:
1.Keep in mind that dogs learn through repetition.
2.Be consistent with the words or phrases you use for specific behaviors.
3.Reserve "no" for critical situations only, such as telling your dog not to eat something off the ground. Too often, a dog will begin to think his name is "No."
4.Begin to attach other words to "no," such as "no more ball" or "no more play."
5.Use a normal voice when training your dog. If you say "Sit, sit, sit, SIT!" you'll train your dog to sit only after she hears the word three times followed by a loud "SIT!"
6.Give the "stay" command only when you're sure you want the dog to freeze. If you tell your dog to stay as you walk out the door, you're teaching her a different use for the word. In an emergency, the dog won't understand what you mean.
7.Teach "wait" as a more relaxed command. "Wait" allows your dog to move around in a general area.
8.Be sure to teach your dog a release command such as "OK" or "free," especially if you've taught the dog "stay." 
Warnings: Avoid raising your voice when teaching a dog new commands or saying "No!"; dogs are sensitive to noise.   

How to Date a Capricorn

1.Invite your Cap to a quiet party with a few friends. Capricorns are usually rather reserved and enjoy small gatherings rather than large ones.
2.Be patient. Capricorns are cautious at first, but once they trust you and relax, they prove rewarding, warm and loyal friends.
3.Heading to the movies? Take your Cap to a comedy. They are serious people, but if encouraged, can also be lively and full of fun.
4.Buy your Capricorn a practical gift, something that might even seem like an investment - food, books, diamonds or stock options. They abhor frivolity.
5.Take your date on a visit to the botanical gardens. Capricorns love plants and landscapes.
6.Choose a Capricorn if you're looking for someone steady and reliable.  
Your date is a Capricorn if he or she was born between December 22 and January 21.
Remember, we're all unique individuals, and there is a lot more to a person's astrological makeup than a sun sign.
Getting to know another person takes time. Pay attention, and if you're unsure about what your date wants, ask. Consideration, reliability and kindness count for a lot.
If you know your partner's ascendant, or rising sign, read the How for that sign as well.    

How to Hit an Overhead in Tennis

1.Recognize the lob shot coming.
2.Put both hands up high.
3.Turn the shoulders, and therefore the body and feet sideways immediately.
4.Run back if you need to, or shuffle forward.
5.Point your left hand straight up to the area where the racquet will contact the ball.
6.Keep your eyes on the ball, and look over your left shoulder at the ball.
7.Hold your racquet head in a compact, service orientation, "back scratch" position. Your elbow need not be completely folded.
8.Hit up on the ball, and allow the arm to be totally flexible so your wrist will snap.
9.Keep your hands soft, and bring the ball abruptly down.
1..Finish on your front foot if possible. 
Follow through with some flair, since you just won the point (provided you hit the overhead correctly).
Stay relaxed and keep your hand, wrist and arm soft to avoid injury. 

How to Guess a Color

1.Take six index cards and write the name of a different color on each one. Use the colors red, cyan, green, yellow, magenta and lavender (note that the colors have 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 letters respectively).
2.Arrange the 6 cards face-up randomly on a table.
3.Ask for a volunteer from your audience.
4.Ask the volunteer to choose a color but not to point to it or say it out loud.
5.Ask the volunteer to spell the color in his or her head as you point randomly to the cards. Each time you point to a card, the volunteer should think of the next letter in the color.
6.Ask the volunteer to say "stop" when he or she finishes spelling the color.
7.The first 2 cards you point to can be any color.
8.Point to red for the third letter, blue for the fourth letter, green for the fifth letter and so on until the volunteer finishes spelling.
9.When the volunteer says "stop," you'll be pointing to his or her color. 
Warnings: One of the most important rules of magic is to never reveal how a trick is performed. If you do, your audience will be disappointed, and everyone you know will start doing your trick.   

How to Cure Vaginal Infections Without Using Medications

1.Eat yogurt. Buy the kind with the least amount of additives and make sure it has active cultures. Not only will it help your current infection, but studies show that eating yogurt regularly may help stave off infection in the first place.
2.Take acidophilus. Use as directed on the label and take on an empty stomach. It will help restore normal bacterial flora and control yeast growth.
3.Decrease or eliminate sugar. Avoid sweets of all kinds, including fruits, refined carbohydrates and sugary foods. Yeast feeds on sugar, so you want to cut off its food supply.
4.Decrease or eliminate alcohol, all fermented products, mushrooms, yeast and yeast-containing foods. This is to keep any more fungi from entering your system.
5.Use garlic as a suppository. Peel a garlic clove, wrap it in sterile gauze, lubricate it with vegetable oil and insert it into the vagina. Leave a piece of the gauze sticking out so you can locate it easily. Change the suppository every 12 hours. Garlic has powerful anti-fungal properties.
6.Make your own douches. Use herbs such as calendula, goldenseal, marshmallow root or yarrow. Make a strong tea using one or more of these herbs. Douche twice daily for a week.
7.Apply a tea-tree-oil cream to irritated and inflamed areas. It's effective against fungal infections, herpes blisters and other types of infection.
8.Use garlic juice and acidophilus as a douche. Mix two capsules of garlic or fresh garlic juice with a quart of warm water and use as a douche. Alternate with an acidophilus douche made by mixing two capsules of acidophilus in a quart of warm water.
9.Bathe with vinegar to relieve symptoms. Fill the tub about hip deep with warm water and add 1/2 c. vinegar. Soak with legs apart until water cools.
1..Take vitamin C. This will help build up your immune system.
1..Use garlic capsules to fight the infection, or try colloidal silver. It has antibiotic properties that reduce inflammation and promote healing.
1..Take biotin. It helps inhibit the growth of yeast. 
See a doctor if your symptoms don't improve or if they worsen. You may need medication if you have an STD or another type of infection.
Use condoms if you're not in a mutually monogamous relationship.
Apply pure aloe vera gel to relieve itching.
Use plain, unscented white toilet paper. Perfumes and dyes can cause irritation and inflammation.
Wash your underwear in hot water to kill the yeast. You can also microwave cotton panties. Soak in water, wring them out and then microwave on high for 30 seconds. Take care not to overdo it - you don't want your underwear going up in flames. 
Avoid taking iron supplements while you have an infection. Bacteria needs iron to grow.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.   

How to Treat Snowblindness

1.Prevent snowblindness by wearing sunglasses that have side shields and are well-fitted. This is especially important when around water.
2.Evaluate for snowblindness symptoms, which can include a feeling like the eye is filled with sand, redness in the eyes or excessive tearing.
3.Rinse the eye thoroughly with cool disinfected water.
4.Apply cool compresses to the eyes.
5.Keep the eyes covered as much as possible the first 24 hours after the onset of symptoms.
6.Limit exposure to light.
7.Administer pain medication.
8.Evacuate if symptoms do not improve within 24-48 hours. 
Warnings: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.   

How to Buy a Sump Pump

1.Shop for pumps. You can look at major building-supply stores such as Home Depot or check prices through a plumber or waterproofing contractor.
2.Decide what size pump to buy. Sump pumps typically range between 1/3- and 1/2-horsepower with pumping capacity of 2,200 to 3,000 gallons per hour.
3.Consider buying a battery-operated pump or a generator if your area is prone to power failures during storms.
4.Hire a contractor to install a sump pit in your basement if one is not already present.
5.Consider hiring a contractor to install the pump if you are not comfortable with doing it yourself. 
Expect to spend $150 to $500 for a pump, depending on features and size.
You can install more than one pump if your flooding problem is severe. 

How to Assemble a Model Train Layout

1.Decide how you are going to lay out your tracks.
2.Test your tentative layout to ensure that you have enough track and couplers for your design by placing the tracks end to end without attaching them.
3.Lay out the tracks on the floor beside the area you're building them on to make sure you get each piece installed in order.
4.Decide whether you are going to glue or pin down the tracks. Glue is more stable, but less authentic.
5.Clip the first section of track to the second. Depending on the type of train set, the tracks will either be laid end to end (flush at the ends) or will slide into each other with small grooves and tabs.
6.Press the track into the glue or pin down securely.
7.Even if gluing, secure with a few pins.
8.Wipe away excess glue with a paper towel.
9.Continue attaching sections of track until the route is complete. Wait overnight for the glue to set, or pull the tracks slightly to make sure pins (like real rail spikes) are secure. 
Warnings: Don't mix different gauges of track; your model train will derail.   

How to Cope With a Controlling Partner

1.Write down a list of the behaviors that your partner does that you feel are controlling in nature.
2.Decide which of these you could live with if you had to and which are too much for you to deal with. Make a separate list of the ones that are too much for you.
3.Think about why these behaviors bother you so much. For example: Is this how a parent was? Have you been treated this way before? Do you feel controlled in other life situations?
4.Separate how much of your feelings of being controlled have to do with your partner vs. other people or situations, past or present, in which you have felt controlled. The goal is to sort out which of your feelings and frustrations relate to your partner and which don't.
5.Notice whether doing this decreases the degree of frustration you feel toward your partner; often it will decrease some of it.
6.Decide whether you want to talk to your partner to try to get them to change what still bothers you. If so, tell them, in a calm manner, how you feel when they act in a controlling manner. For example: "I feel ______ when you ______."
7.Ask for your requested change in their behavior. Tell them what you would like them to do instead.
8.Be specific about what you want or need vs. simply telling them to stop being controlling. Give them an example of an alternative way they could relate to you.
9.Work on accepting them for who they are if changing them is unlikely or difficult. Focus on their positive qualities that led you to be with them in the first place. 
Tips: If your partner does make any changes, be sure to acknowledge and appreciate them when they do it. They will appreciate your noticing, and it will reinforce their continuing to act differently.   

How to Add Fruit to Your Diet

1.Blend an instant breakfast out of a frozen banana, a handful of frozen strawberries and a cup of milk.
2.Stir applesauce into hot oatmeal.
3.Choose an orange instead of potato chips with lunch.
4.Add bananas to vanilla yogurt for an afternoon snack.
5.Try some less-familiar fruits like guava, star fruit and kumquats.
6.Keep dried dates, apricots or cranberries in your desk for snacks.
7.Mix diced mango with red onion and cilantro for a fruit salsa.
8.Serve fruit salad for dessert. 
The Food Guide Pyramid recommends two to four servings of fruit every day.
A serving of fruit is one medium piece (like an apple or orange), 6 oz. of juice, or 1/2 cup of canned fruit.
Citrus fruits, berries and melons are great sources of vitamin C.
Orange fruits like mango, apricots and papaya are fantastic sources of vitamin A and beta-carotene. 
Warnings: While fruit juice can count toward your two to four servings of fruit a day, try to choose the whole fruit instead. Most juices contain no fiber.