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The Dos and Don’ts For Children’s Britax Car Seats – Part 1

In this two part article we’ll be looking closely at something very important for any family with small children – the right and wrong things regarding child car seats. As parents it’s our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect our children when travelling in the car. Firstly we’ll take a look at the things you should be doing.

1. In order to ensure your child’s car seat will yield the maximum amount of protection you must obey the manufacturers guidelines which specify the child’s acceptable weight and size for the seats design.

2. The restraints on the seat should comply with the latest standards. This ensures that your child is protected with the full benefits of the most up to date specifications and standards recommended.

3. Installing the car seat correctly is essential. You should make sure that the restraints are suitable for your car model. You can ask that the seat be installed by the seller, phone the manufacturer for advice or check on the web for more information.

4. Wherever possible, children should be carried in the rear seats of the vehicle. If using a child’s car seat it must never be placed in the front seat of the vehicle. The harness should be adjusted correctly so that it’s secure and snug but also comfortable.

5. Perform regular maintenance checks on the seats installation to ensure that the straps or other important hardware are in perfect condition. Any worn parts or potential points of weakness should be replaced at once.

6. Finally, try to teach your child how important it is to be securely fastened in the seat for each car trip and cover the seat with a blanket on warm days to protect any metal parts from becoming too hot and causing potential burns.

Used Mercedes Benz Cars and the CLK Class

Mercedes Used Cars: Mercedes cars are famous for their quality and reliability. Mercedes drivers are cautious, and keep their cars in good condition and in top maintenance. The Mercedes Benz used cars put up for auction are therefore in an excellent state, and they are usually equipped with top quality accessories like air conditioning, power steering, power windows, airbags, and more.

Mercedes Used Car Export: Toronto imports new and used Mercedes Benz cars, and all the essential spare parts. The collaboration of Mercedes all over the world, has given this market a distinction in their dealing of consumer’s needs, at reasonable prices obtained at Toronto. They maintain a state-of-the-art inventory with an inventory revenue rate updated regularly.

The cars in Toronto also remain in good shape because Canadian roads are great. Hence, despite being in use for a long time, Mercedes cars barely display any wear. The suspension is usually at 90% of its original condition, even after the car being driven for 6-7 years. Since repair costs are high in most cases, customers usually are forced to buy new cars, rather than repairing a broken down one. Hence, used cars have low mileage and are in good mechanical condition, which is what makes Toronto a very attractive used car market.

Many people in Toronto choose the CLK class because of its great features. The Mercedes-Benz CLK class includes a range of two-door, four-seat coupes and convertibles, with elegant design and interior luxury. With its responsive performance and superb high-speed stability, the CLK is even better on the open road. The CLK model is equipped with 17-inch wheels, 7.5-inch wide front wheels and 8.5-inch wide rear wheels. These wheels are made of a light alloy, five-spoke design, otherwise called a monoblock design. The CLK class’ V8 engines benefit from a five-speed automatic transmission. Such advanced technology can’t be undermined and that’s why Mercedes Benz is a popular choice.

How To Stop Your Dog Chasing Cars and Cats

It’s a funny thing. Many of the behaviors our dogs have as puppies are much cuter when they have no power to follow through. Chewing on our shoes is cute until they get older and tear them up. The same is true for chasing cats or cars. They cannot reach them, so it’s cute.

But, by laughing and taking pictures of your dog chasing cats or cars as a puppy, and not stopping the behavior, you’re only permitting it to persist and putting your dog at greater risk as they age.

The Root of Chasing

Dogs chase for a number of reasons. Part of them has an innate hunting instinct that tells them to chase prey. A cat might trigger that instinct, and even if the dog would never hurt the cat, he will continue chasing it as long as the “prey” runs away.

The same is true for cars. Because they are loud and constantly driving by, coming in and out of your dog’s senses rapidly, they will chase them. Their barking chases off the car, right? The simple fact that a car is mobile only drives this behavior into them deeper, making it harder to adjust.

Solving the Chasing Problem

No matter how ingrained it may be or how cute it once was, there are serious risks when your dog likes to chase either cats or cars. The danger in chasing cars should be fairly evident. The dog forgets the value of staying to the sidewalks and can quickly put itself in danger.

The same can be said of cats, however. A cat being chased may decide to stand up to a dog, causing a great deal of damage to him if the two are not careful. Additionally, a dog and cat can tear a swath of destruction across your house when you’re not home – especially with the cat’s nimbleness in play.

So, it’s important to stop them as soon as possible. Here are some tips:

1. Controlled Training – To start with, you need to train your dog, in the house, in a controlled setting to be able to follow commands while distractions are present. Dogs need to concentrate to follow your cues, which requires quiet and familiar settings.

Teach your dog to heel, sit on a leash, and pay attention to you and you only while in the house. Then, upgrade your training to walking on a leash outside. Only when your dog can follow commands both inside and on a leash should they ever be unleashed.

2. How to Practice – It’s important to practice in a setting where your dog cannot get hurt. Introducing your dog to a cat in your house can be a good way of testing their ability to stay calm and submissive.

Make sure you do it in a closed room, with minimal distractions. Keep your dog on a leash as well so they do not get too carried away. Leave space for your cat to escape if necessary and then let the two meet.

You can do the same with a jogger or bicycle outside, having them run or ride by your dog while you control him on a leash to see how he responds.

3. Cars and Safe Settings – Cars are the most dangerous issue and should be addressed early in life. Do this by making sure your dog never has a chance to chase them. Teach him to sit at curbs, to heel and only to sniff or inspect with your permission.

Effective training of your dog will start and end with you knowing how to trigger the right behaviors and tamp down the wrong ones. The biggest example of this you’ll ever see is in regards to chasing. Dogs love to chase – control that and you know he’s paying attention.