Labrador Retrievers – Beloved Companion and Therapy Dogs

By far the most common use of today’s Labrador is as a home companion, a role at which he excels. Surprisingly, the Labrador Retriever was rarely kept strictly as a house pet until several decades after the breed’s introduction to the united States. The initial fanciers of the breed became acquainted with him through knowledge of the shooting game. When the breed
was well established as a sporting companion, his docile, brainy nature won his way out of the kennel and into the home.

The Labrador Retriever’s ability to quickly adapt and respond to instruction made the transition quite easy. Today, puppies raised in the home actually become so entwined in the lives of their owners that they often suffer when relegated to the kennel life. (If you are planning to keep a kennel of Labradors, select puppies that are properly socialized but still familiar with kennel life.)

As a companion, the Labrador Retriever is good-natured and gentle enough to accept the roughhousing of youngsters without returning it. If properly socialized while young, a Labrador will share his “home with another dog, providing there is enough affection for all. It is more common for a Labrador to misbehave out of jealousy than out of dislike for another animal.

Labrador Retrievers are long on self-control and loyalty, but they do not make the most avid watchdogs. As a rule, they are not overly suspicious of strangers or highly protective of loved ones, and when natural instincts are not stimulated they can be inattentive to such a task. Always keen for a scent or sound, a Labrador Retriever would certainly give voice at the approach of an intruder, but he might be won over by a friendly gesture or a luscious piece of sirloin. If left on duty, a Labrador Retriever may wander off in search of a scent that has caught his attention. In short, he is a people-dog. If you really need a watchdog, get your Labrador a German Shepherd friend!

The value of companionship with this breed should not be underestimated. In recent years, obedience-trained Labradors as well as other breeds are being used as Therapy Dogs to enrich the lives of nursing home residents and even emotionally disturbed children. The process is simple: a group of experienced dog handlers, such as those trained by Therapy Dogs International, bring their dogs to visit, perhaps put on an obedience performance for the audience, and then let animals and humans mingle, if conditions permit. The dogs are all obedience trained and have proven themselves to be extremely gentle and outgoing. Their job is to make people feel wanted, and it works wonders for alleviating the loneliness and depression that often burden such lives. Labradors love people and the few hours Therapy Dogs share with others enrich both dog and man.

Recent Home Security & Safety Innovations

When it comes to the world of home security and safety products, there’s been a true revolution in just the last few years. With advances in monitoring, lighting and electronics technology, new products and devices abound in the marketplace. Here’s an overview of some of the latest.


While we’re all familiar with the handy cleaning robots that have been available for some time, robots are finally becoming available as home security and safety tools. Case in point, a new product being funded on Indiegogo called “Buddy”. This robot is advertised as your family’s home companion. The little robot features a screen as its face. The face can be used as a monitor for many tasks. The robot can be programmed to patrol your home when you’re gone. It will monitor for any unusual or out of the ordinary activity, such as if they see something in your backyard. Since the robot uses facial recognition technology, it can also alert you to intruders, or people who aren’t supposed to be in or around your home. The robot can also be used for safety tasks. If you leave home and think you might have forgotten something or left the stove on, you can have the robot look around the house or check to see the settings on the stove. In fact, you can log in to the robot with your smartphone and use it’s camera as your mobile eyes and ears around your home. The robot can also be used as a safety device. It monitors for fire, floods and temperature changes and send you an alert if it detects anything.

Motion Detection Products

Another advancement in home security is the many products now available in motion detection. While motion detection technology has been around a long time, only in recent years has it been used in so many products for safety and security of home and business. Now you can find motion detection lighting and surveillance products that are always monitoring an area and only turn themselves on when something crosses their path. This is very handy in that you save on electricity, batteries and money, but still can feel secure.

LED Lighting

Another great innovation over the last decade is the use of light emitting diodes, or LED, as they are popularly called. These lights have an advantage in size, but also use far less energy and give off far more light that traditional types of lighting. You’ll see them being used more often than not in new lighting products nowadays, and for everything from lighting for the home, business, construction site, roads, transportation and even in your purse or pocket.

Top Home Based Businesses for Women

In looking for a list of the top home based businesses for women, it would seem natural to gravitate towards the ones that have a nurturing theme at the center. You know the usual suspects – child care provider, senior citizen care giver, in home companion or aide. All of these have their place and it’s easy to see why they would make a list ranking the top home based businesses for women.

But we can’t stop there. Yes we do acknowledge that women have a natural gift of coaching, encouraging and nurturing, but if we stop only at this limited selection for women we are missing the possibility of an absolute transference of these people skills.

Let’s identify the wider range of home based businesses a woman could easily excel at.

Any sales position. Women are natural sellers whether they admit it or not. We sell (recommend) schools, teachers, neighborhoods, stores, restaurants, books and movies practically every day. We are very good at identifying both good and bad points and putting things on the table according to their merit. In laymen’s terms that would also be identified as the art of persuasion. What sales team wouldn’t want to take that and run with it?

Any training, teaching, or development spot. Most women who are also moms have trained kids on successfully completing the most basic and mandatory skills necessary to survive. I’m talking about everything from the proper way to hold a fork to how to use the toilet. If a person can potty train another human being, odds are she can teach an adult how to put basic success skills in place to build a profit team.

Most positions dealing with multi-tasking. Bring it on. Women have been multi-tasking for centuries – we just didn’t know there was a fancy name for it. It’s not something we even look at as a skill per se, it’s just the reality that many tasks need to be accomplished in a set time and when you are the woman at bat it’s time to take action.

Now let’s get back to this list of the top home based businesses for women.

Do you see MLM opportunities appear? Good, women can do that. What about telecommuting and outside sales? Great, women can do that too. Any appearances of drivers or delivery services needed? Many women could earn trophies for their unmatched skills in delivering their kids to school, sports events, extra curricular activities each and every year.

The question is not “can they do it?” but rather “are they recognizing the existence of the skills and are they ready to transfer them over to the new task at hand?”

Whatever opportunity the new home business owner chooses, it would be very wise to have a mentor, someone to help them capitalize and groom their skills so they can reach the success mode as quickly as possible. Overlooking these existing skills could really serve as a setback and more importantly, just as they were learned, new online skills can also be learned, with the right coach. Proper success coaching can help new and even veteran business owners and marketers avoid the pitfalls of mediocrity, low productivity, and financial frustration.