Dealing with Destructive Dog Behavior

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Route 66

Maral Cavner is pursuing a career in animal rights and welfare and dogs and animal safety remain a passion of hers. As a founding board member of Route 66, a no-kill dog rescue in Nixa, Missouri, Maral Cavner strives to find dogs their forever home. One of the most challenging aspects of dog ownership is dealing with destructive behavior. Take these steps to help your dog deal with these behaviors and grow your relationship in the process.

Walks – Taking your dog on regular walks is one of the easiest ways to mitigate destructive behavior. Like children, dogs have massive amounts of energy. If this energy isn’t expunged in a healthy way, it can quickly become destructive.

Hunger – If your dog has an inconsistent diet, or isn’t getting enough food, behavior can turn destructive. When hungry, your dog may tear things apart in search of food. At-risk objects include anything that smells of food or any object your dog associates with food.

Lack of Attention and Socialization – Your dog may be tearing up your stuff to show they love you, oddly enough. If you’re busy or otherwise distracted and not giving your dog enough attention, destructive behavior might be their way of garnering your attention. Similarly, it’s important for dogs to socialize and play with other dogs, and when they don’t get out to play enough, your couch may become their plaything.


The Longest Women’s Tennis Match

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2011 Australian Open

While playing varsity high school tennis and soccer at Greenwood Laboratory School, Maral Cavner took several college courses at Missouri State University. Maral Cavner is a sociology graduate of Emory University.

The longest women’s tennis match to take place on a grand slam stage occurred at the 2011 Australian Open. The match was contested between Italy’s Francesca Schiavone, who had won her first major title at the previous year’s French Open, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2009 French Open champion.

The two grand slam winners met in the Australian Open fourth round and did not appear to be in danger of breaking the 4-hour, 19-minute mark set at the 2010 event. While the 2010 contest between Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova and Regina Kulikova opened with two extended tie-break sets, Schiavone took the first set 6-4 before dropping the second 6-1. The third set, however, consisted of 20 games. Schiavone finally capitalized on her third match point to take the deciding set 16-14 and reach her first Australian Open quarterfinal in 11 tries. The match lasted 4 hours and 44 minutes in total.

The 2001-2002 NBA Scoring Title

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Allen Iverson

A varsity athlete in high school, Maral Cavner also has more than a decade of experience riding horses. As a spectator, Maral Cavner enjoys watching basketball and is an especially avid fan of the Boston Celtics.

The Philadelphia 76er’s Allen Iverson averaged 31.4 points per game over the course of the 2001-2002 National Basketball Association (NBA) season, winning the third of his four NBA scoring titles. However, Iverson’s average reflected his offensive play over 78 of a possible 82 games. Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics played in all 82 games that year, averaging 40.3 minutes per game and 26.1 points.

Pierce finished the season with 2,144 points, far eclipsing Iverson’s 1,883 as well as Shaquille O’Neal’s 1,822 for the most total points in the league. Due to rule changes ahead of the 1968-1969 season, the scoring title was awarded to Iverson, who maintained a higher per-game average, while O’Neal was named runner up. Pierce enjoyed a number of year-end accolades that season, including his first appearance on the All-NBA team.

Will Ferrell Box Office Success

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Will Ferrell

While studying sociology at Emory University Maral Cavner appeared in a number of major motion pictures. Maral Cavner enjoyed roles in Prisoners and The Hunger Games Catching Fire, as well as Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, starring Will Ferrell.

Comedic actor Will Ferrell has appeared in a number of motion pictures since his big-screen debut in the 1997 Mike Myers vehicle Austin Powers International Man of Mystery. Over the last two decades, movies in which Ferrell has played a significant role have generated more than $2 billion in box office sales, with an average of nearly $69 million per picture.

As a live action performer, Ferrell enjoyed his most considerable successes with Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in 2006 and Anchorman 2 in 2013. Talladega Nights depicts Ferrell as the titular Ricky Bobby, a talented NASCAR racer who finds a formidable rival in Formula One driver Jean Girard, portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen. The movie generated more than $148 million at the box office.

In 2013, Ferrell appeared in a sequel to the 2004 comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which had made $85 million for DreamWorks. Anchorman 2 increased on that gross by almost 50 percent for a box office total of over $127 million. Ferrell also has contributed his vocal talents to successful animated films such as The LEGO Movie and Megamind, which grossed $257 million and $148 million, respectively.

Teaching Your Dog the “Stay” Command

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Stay Command

Maral Cavner is a passionate animal lover who has ridden horses for more than 10 years. Also especially fond of dogs, Maral Cavner is a founding board member of the Route 66 no kill animal rescue.

There are several basic commands dog owners should teach their companions. The “stay” command can be helpful in a number of situations. As is the case with most commands, individuals should begin teaching a dog to stay while it is leashed. After the dog has taken a seated position and assumed a calm energy, owners should give the verbal stay command and take one step forward. Owners also can develop a hand gesture to accompany the command. After a short period of time, owners should step backwards and reward the dog, assuming the animal has remained in its sitting position.

In the event that the dog does not stay, owners can calmly deliver their negative verbal command and have the dog sit once more. As the dog comes to understand the basics of the stay command, owners can practice taking more steps forward and giving the command in a variety of outdoor and indoor locations. An owner can also develop a release word that allows the dog to break its stay and return to the owner’s side.

The Scoring Prowess of Paul Pierce

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Paul Pierce

Maral Cavner maintains a strong love for animals and is a founding board member of the Route 66 animal rescue group. A former varsity tennis and soccer player, Maral Cavner also is an avid Boston Celtics fan.

Selected 10th overall in the 1998 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft, Inglewood, California, native Paul Pierce has established himself as one of basketball’s all-time leading scorers and as one of the most accomplished players in Boston Celtics history. Pierce played his first 15 seasons in the league as a member of the Celtics, during which time he appeared in 10 All Star games. During 2005-2006 season, Pierce averaged nearly 27 points per game to go along with 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He averaged at least 20 points per game from 2000 through 2009.

Despite Pierce’s stellar individual play, the Celtics franchise struggled to make an impact in the post season. Following the 2007-2008 campaign, however, the Celtics entered the playoffs as the top seed. Pierce averaged close to 20 points and shot 36 percent from three-point territory during Boston’s run to the NBA Finals. He played an instrumental role in Boston’s 4-2 series victory over the Los Angeles Lakers and was named NBA Finals MVP.

An Overview of No-Kill Animal Shelters

Recent college graduate Maral Cavner is a passionate lover of animals, particularly dogs. Maral Cavner maintains a leadership position with the Route 66 animal rescue group and supports a number of no-kill animal shelters.

Animal shelters can be loosely classified as no-kill, low-kill, or kill, but definitions and policies vary widely. In general, a no-kill facility strives to avoid euthanizing healthy animals, regardless of age or length of stay in a shelter. However, despite the label “no-kill,” a shelter may have to put down a number of animals every year. All healthy animals are accepted and kept alive regardless of space, but unhealthy animals with untreatable conditions are still candidates for euthanasia.

To avoid overcrowding, no-kill shelters often rely on foster families to care for animals until the can be adopted. Another strategy for keeping a manageable population is transporting animals outside of the local area to shelters that do not have enough adoptable animals.

Some shelters may advertise themselves as saving all adoptable animals, but these facilities may not qualify as no-kill shelters. One shelter’s definition of what constitutes an adoptable animal may differ significantly from another. For example, a puppy under the age of eight weeks or an adult dog above the age of five or six, despite being completely healthy, could be termed unadoptable.

Similarly, an animal with a minor and treatable illness could be considered unadoptable and immediately put down. In general, no-kill shelters should maintain a save rate of 90 percent or higher. A number of leaders in the no-kill community have advocated for this number to be raised to at least 95 percent.