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Random blogs by Jeff St. Ours and Jun Falkenstein of the ukulele band Waste of Aces.

The Benefits of All Inclusive Cruises

One of the leading reasons for the continued popularity of cruises is the availability of all inclusive cruise packages. While the terms of these packages may vary by carrier, most include all the lodging, food, and on-board amenities for the duration of the trip. These packages are a great way for the budget conscious to make sure that their entire vacation remains within their means and typically represent a huge savings over ala carte trips. If you are considering booking an all inclusive cruise for your next vacation, there are some things that you should know before booking.

When looking at the advertised prices for all inclusive packages, always keep in mind that the prices listed are per person and not per room. If you will be traveling alone, or wish to reserve a private room, the total cost will generally be higher that the costs that are advertised. This is because most promotional and advertised pricing is based on double occupancy. Generally, the prices are based on the number of people and not simply the rooms that they will occupy to allow for the cost of food, beverage and access to the amenities on ship.

Remember that not every all inclusive package is the same. Each cruise line prices their experiences differently. While some include cocktails and adventure excursions in their pricing, others will charge extra fees for these items. Before you book, take the time to read the itemized list of amenities that are included as a part of this flat rate. If you find that there are additional services Cruise forums that you would be interested in, factor these costs into the advertised rate. In most cases, even with these additional costs, all inclusive packages are far less expensive than other payment options.

Some of the best deals in cruise packages are the all inclusive offers. If you are looking to maximize your savings, consider taking advantage of one of the many last minute deals offered by major cruise lines and discount travel sites. Though these last minute deals tend to be a bit more limited in terms of destinations, they are a great way for those who have just a general idea of where or when they would like to travel. Deals such as these are typically more widely available for common destinations like the Caribbean than they are for less popular destinations.

The biggest benefit of all inclusive cruises is the fact that one need not worry about their finances while on vacation. Before setting out on your trip, you are fully aware of the total cost and do not need to be stressed about receiving that first credit card bill upon return. So many cruising enthusiasts find that this exponentially increases their enjoyment of their vacation and eliminates the risk of overspending. Do keep in mind, however, that tips are generally expected for good service, even on most all inclusive carriers. There are a number of websites that offer advice on tipping etiquette for cruises.

Clicker Training Your Dog At Home

Dog Training Tips

One of the most reward activities of owning your pet might be training him at home. Seeing him start to respond to your commands brings immense satisfaction, seeing results from your efforts to train him on your own.

If you are the owner of a new pet, you may encounter problems that slow or stop the training process. If he is not responding to classical training methods you should consider Clicker training. A form of operate conditioning, clicker training concentrates on relating rewards with target actions.

Actions association with rewards is constantly reinforced while you are training your pet. This means you have few problems when teaching an old dog new tricks. It is so simple, even a 10-year-old can do clicker training.

Treats and a clicker are the two most indispensable elements you must have during clicker training. A tasty treat will quickly get your dog’s attention, but you can also offer a toy or verbal praise instead.

Expert tips for trainers

1. It is possible, if your dog is not following your commands, that is has yet to establish the connection between the action and command. Repeat the lesson cycles and see if your dog is responding to other, non-verbal, cues.

If he fails to respond to the nonverbal cue than he has made no association between the signal and any action, and you will have to go back to square one. Repeat the association games and use the clicker to mark behavior during the action instead of after.

2. Training sessions should start to include verbal signal only after your pet has become expert at responding to nonverbal commands. For your pet, nonverbal Clicker Games commands are easier to master than verbal ones, which is why classical conditioning methods can struggle to teach even very simple actions.

3. You should not have long, drawn out training sessions. For an active dog who has never been trained before, ten minutes is already a long sessions. You should limit your first few training sessions to about three minutes. If your dog is responding well to the clicker it can complete 20 cycles in three to five minutes.

4. If your pet doesn’t immediately respond don’t be harsh. Review your cue, the information signal, and see if he associates it with the action itself. If your dog seems unmotivated it might be you need to try a different treat. Try a new rewards and see if your pet starts to respond.

5. Don’t punish your pet for not understanding. Correction should be limited to saying ‘wrong’ or some other word, neutrally. Scolding will not help you pet learn and he might start to associate training sessions with being punished. For a home trained dog that is not a good thing.

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