Dear Miss Behavin’: My dog always barks when he goes outside in our backyard. During the day it’s the squirrels, and at night it’s all of the little nocturnal critters. How do I get him to stop? Reply: Barking and vocalizing are two of the most challenging behaviors to modify in dogs. While the noise is often a nuisance for us humans, barking is highly reinforcing for the dogs that do it, making it difficult to interrupt. Let’s put it this way. Fido hears a noise, he barks, and the noise stops.
Dear Miss Behavin’: My kitty hides out whenever people come over to my house. Is there way to help her feel more comfortable when we have company? Reply: Depending on your visitors and how many there are, there are certainly a few things you can try to encourage your cat to be a bit more social. If you have multiple people over or a party, there won’t be much you can do to convince your cat that it’s a good time to come out. This is especially true if your cat is on the shy side.
Dear Miss Behavin’: My dog was terrified during the recent thunder and lightning storm. What can I do to comfort him next time a storm rolls in? Reply: If you think about how much stronger a dog’s sense of smell or hearing is compared to ours, it’s no surprise that some dogs are quite sensitive and frightened when thunder and lightning roll in. For dogs who run into a back room or hide under the bed or in the closet, leave them be.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".