Dear Miss Behavin’: Our English bulldog, Elvis, is a professional beggar — not just at dinner time, but any time we’re eating. We can’t even have popcorn while we watch a movie without him whimpering and drooling everywhere. My husband always gives in and shares what he’s eating. How can I make it stop? Reply: Believe it or not, begging comes naturally for most dogs. An easy habit to start, begging is only as bad as we let it be.
Dear Miss Behavin’: We bought new furniture last week and our two cats are already trying to scratch at it. We’ve tried scaring them off and squirting them with water bottles, but it’s not working. Is this why people get their cats declawed? Reply: Declawing your cats might seem like a straightforward solution, but most veterinarians and behaviorists are strongly against this procedure. It is not a simple nail-trimming; it is more like amputation of part of each digit.
Dear Miss Behavin’: My dog Hank always rushes through doors when they open — car doors, the front door, garage door, you name it. He doesn’t go far once he gets through them, but I’m worried he’ll get hurt. How can I stop him? Reply: We usually refer to this as “door darting,” and yes, in certain situations it can be quite dangerous. Start by teaching Hank a “stay” or “wait” by asking him to “sit” and rewarding him for staying seated.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".