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How to create a positive relationship

Several weeks ago, my husband and I adopted a dog from the shelter. Though both of us grew up with dogs, we were new to adopting an older dog, with an unknown history. The counselor at the shelter recommended obedience classes, specifically positive reinforcement training. Positive reinforcement is based on the idea that any creature – dog, cat, or human – is more likely to learn and repeat behaviors that result in consequences it desires and...

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Running Uphill

My favorite form of torture, I mean exercise, is running. I have found nothing quite as satisfying as running outside in the fresh air and being able to just step out my front door to exercise. As anyone who exercises knows, exercise gives you time to clear your mind and think a lot.  Sometimes I do my best thinking while I am running which has led to me coming up with some great running analogies.  So, humor me a bit while I share these gems!...

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Break Up with Stress for a Happier, Healthier Life

Break Up with Stress for a Happier, Healthier Life

Individual Therapy Bethesda, MD If I asked you to pinpoint your stress level on a continuum between “Life is full of sunshine and rainbows” and “Oh my gosh, I am staggering under the weight of all of my responsibilities and obligations,” what would you say? Go ahead, think about it for a minute. I’d venture to guess that most people fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum (i.e., “I’m juggling a lot of things but I can still function...

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