By The Dog Trainer
When we first adopted our dog Izzy, in 1998, she had a habit of licking the varnish off our floors. She’d just lie there, seemingly at ease, licking the space between her forepaws till the wood was bare. She was an active young dog, and the problem went away after I started taking her for a long off-leash walk in the park every morning, so I assumed she’d been working off energy and had also been bored.
An elderly Izzy, with her floor-licking days behind her.
Since then, working with dogs who have behavior problems, I’ve generally seen persistent licking of surfaces as either an attention-seeking behavior or a form of Canine Compulsive Disorder. But a recent study by Véronique Bécuwe of the University of Montreal’s veterinary school found that it ain’t necessarily so.
Continue reading ‘Dog Licks Everything All the Time? Head for the Vet’
Published November 29, 2011
by Math Dude
Want to get even faster at using the “casting out nines” technique for checking your arithmetic that we’ve been talking about in the Math Dude podcast? Of course you do. But before we learn how, brush up on using casting out nines to check addition and multiplication problems.
How can you speed up casting out nines? Just learn to calculate check digits (more technically known as digit sums) faster. After all, calculating check digits is the part of casting out nines that takes a lot of time. So learning to do that faster will speed up the whole process! Here’s how it works…
Continue reading ‘How to Use “Casting Out Nines” Faster’
Published November 28, 2011
Tags: portion size
What does a cup of rice look like?
by Nutrition Diva
Q. I eat rice every day, but what exactly does 1 cup of rice look like? Some say 1 cup is the size of a tennis ball, others say it’s more like a fist. Who is right?
A. Guidelines that relate various portion sizes to everyday objects like tennis balls or decks of cards are designed to be easy-to-visualize reminders. But if you find these unclear or confusing, you can always get out the measuring cup. Simply fill your one cup measuring cup with rice to see what a one cup serving looks like. Of course, there’s no need to use a kitchen scale or measuring cups to weigh or measure every bite of food. But it is a good idea to know about what various portion sizes look like to ensure that you’re not unwittingly serving yourself two or three times a “normal” portion.
Published November 25, 2011
Modern Manners Guy
by: Modern Manners Guy
I’m not here to judge buffets in general. In fact, I love them! But then again, there are some buffets that look more like a salmonella bar, than a salad bar. So before you dash to grab the last crab leg, load up at the ketchup fountain, fill your sixth bowl of New England Clam Chowder, or pile on two pounds of bacon bits onto your all-you-can-eat salad, check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for proper buffet dining:
Proper Manners For Buffets (GettyImages.com)
Tip #1 – You Don’t Have To Always Eat All
When you go to a buffet, don’t pile up your plate so high that it looks like you are playing a game of Jenga with breadsticks. Remember: You can go back up as many times as you like, so don’t rush, don’t panic, and please maintain a reasonably sized plate.
Click ahead for 2 more buffet tips
Continue reading ‘What Are the Rules of Dining at a Buffet?’
The Quick and Dirty Tips experts have been popping up all over the media lately!
- Nutrition Diva and Get-Fit Guy got Huffington Post talking. Check out her controversial take on dehydration and his simple steps to bigger muscles.
- Grammar Girl filmed several segments for FOX News Edge. You’ll see them on your FOX affiliate channel soon! And we’ll post them here, of course.
- Get-It Done Guy talked to The Washington Post about savvy tips for selling your small business.
- Nutrition Diva debunked the blood type diet on Blisstree.
Published November 25, 2011
Dog Trainer , Quick & Dirty Team
Avoid Black Friday lines at the mall and teach your dog to come when called instead. Enjoy!
In honor of this holiday weekend, here’s your Thanksgiving survival guide, courtesy of the experts at QDT:
Tasty, isn't it! (via SliceOfChic/Flickr)
- You’ve been following Nutrition Diva’s advice, eating better, shedding pounds, feeling great. Suddenly, Thanksgiving threatens to ruin all your dedication. Nutrition Diva to the rescue!
- After all that fattening food, it’s time to hit the gym with Get-Fit Guy. Just make sure you don’t make any of these 7 common gym mistakes.
- If you have the long weekend off, there’s plenty of time to play with your dog. Just make sure you don’t accidentally teach him these bad behaviors. And if you do, The Dog Trainer can help.
- Grammar Girl puts an end to the perennial debate: Much Thanks v. Many Thanks. Which is correct?
Published November 24, 2011
by Money Girl
My wife is currently maxing out a Roth IRA. She started a new job and will have access to a 401(k)–but the company doesn’t offer matching funds. Should she contribute to the 401(k) anyway? Or should she put money in a taxable brokerage account that has many more investment choices?
Though Bill’s wife won’t get a 401(k) match from her employer, here are 4 great reasons to consider using it instead of a taxable brokerage account:
- Automatic payroll deductions: Having 401(k) contributions taken out of your paycheck before you ever see the money can be a powerful way to accomplish your retirement goals. Most of us need structure in our financial lives to make sure we don’t spend money that should be earmarked for the future. Continue reading ‘Should I Contribute to a 401(k) With No Match?’
Published November 23, 2011
It’s Thanksgiving. I’d like to thank the people who make it possible for us to have the luxury of wondering how we can work less, do more, or frankly, do anything other than forage for food!
Thank you, firefighters, teachers, policemen, doctors, pipe fitters, teachers, civil servants, electricians, plumbers, utility workers, and people who keep our everyday lives running smoothly. In terms of the actual value you provide and difference you make in my life, you trump 25-year-old billionaire tech entrepreneurs any day of the week. It’s just you do your job so well, and your jobs are so necessary, that it’s easy to forget that they’re the most fundamental to our well-being.