Doggone it: Dognition Helps You Bond With Your Furry Faced Friend
If you’re like a lot of us here at Brit + Co., you’re a proud doggy mama or papa. And that means you totally get why we call those little rascals “(wo)man’s best friend.” Even your human BFF (who you’ve known since grade school and traveled around the world with) is not someone you’d let jump on you, lick your face, and wake you up by pouncing on your boobs.
Brian Hare is the founder and a crazy accomplished evolutionary anthropologist. He runs the Canine Cognition Center at Duke University and literally wrote the book on The Genius of Dogs. And that’s exactly what the small North-Carolina-based company aims to do, help you find the genius in your dog.
Through a questionnaire (completed by you, not Fido) accompanied by ten games (completed by Fido, not you), Dognition tests five personality traits: communication, cunning, empathy, memory, and reasoning. Rufus is then assigned a personality type. From there you can see how he compares with other dogs of the same breed, size, and age, as well as a comparison with other breeds.
Why is this attractive to you? Because. It helps you discover your dog’s preferred mode of communication and what motivates him or her. Like, is he doing tricks just for fun or because he wants that homemade treat or Beggin’ Strip really, really bad? It also helps you decipher if your lovable little ankle biter doesn’t sit because he truly doesn’t understand what you’re saying or because he just doesn’t really give two hoots what you tell him to do.
This sort of relationship therapy is undoubtedly going to cost you. (We mean, you just found out that your supposed best friend is actually a stranger.). It’s $29 for the initial meet and greet. If you want to do more bonding (which we think you should), you can pay $89 for an entire year of monthly games and tips and tricks tailored to your pups personality, whether she be a Stargazer, a Socialite, or an Einstein. (All of our dogs undoubtedly fall into that last category.) Oh, and props to Turkey Temple for being the newest dog of Brit + Co. and seriously rocking those shades!
Want to get to know your best friend better? Let us know in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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