Did your kids mistake the clown makeup for bathtub paint? Maybe it was an accident and as they were removing their stage makeup, it got all over the sink or shower. Since I now have two child clowns in my household, clown makeup stain removal has become my expertise. Removing it from the bathtub, sink, or shower tiles is easier than your first scrubbing attempt may make it seem. If your children played a role in making the mess, it can be a good idea to involve them in the cleanup. It teaches responsibility for their actions – and not to brag, but my stain removal method can be quite fun.
Grab the tissues! The first step to removing a clown makeup stain in the bathroom is to wipe away the surface stain with toilet paper. Since clown makeup is a greasy substance, it may be caked on pretty thick. Roll some toilet paper onto your hand to make a flat, somewhat thick cloth. Don't be wasteful. But it works better if it isn't too thin. Use circular motions to rub away the makeup. If the kids are helping, you can have them sing “Wheels on the Bus” or another circular song they like and move their hands to the beat while rubbing in circles. You may need to do this several times, depending on how thick the grease makeup stain is. Once you can no longer wipe anything away with just the tissue, move on to the next step.
Give it a scrub! Next, whip out that ever-useful box of baking soda and an old rag you don't mind getting greasy. Dampen the rag. Then, sprinkle baking soda onto it. Once again, you want to rub out the grease makeup in a circular motion. The baking soda helps to scrub it away without making you work too hard. Continue to add baking soda or water to the rag as necessary throughout the process. If the stained area is large (for instance if your children made pretty pictures with the clown makeup, like mine did a couple times), you'll need to rinse out the rag a few times as well.
Houston, we have a problem! Not to fret if you still have remaining clown makeup that won't budge even after the baking soda. Grab some halved lemon slices and don't be such a sour puss! You guessed it. Rub the lemon slices around the stain in a circular motion. The lemons will cut deep into the grease stain and help remove it even below the top surface. A bonus is that lemons also help kill nasty germs that may be lurking in your bathroom.
But wait, there's more! You've done the above steps and there is still some clown makeup residue on your bathroom tiles, tub, or sink? All is not lost. The next step is soapy. What works best on leftover grease? Why, dish soap, of course! Grab another wet rag and dab on a couple dots of dish soap. Yes, the circular motion still applies here. Rub and continue to wet the rag and add more soap until you have no more clown makeup on your bathroom surface.
Does it really work? My clown kids mistakenly assumed that clown makeup would be a good substitute for washable bathtub paints. This meant the entire bathroom was covered in it. If we weren't renting, I may have left it up a bit longer since the pictures were cute and creative. But by using the above steps, I got our bathroom back to being sparkly in no time. Because it was thickly coated everywhere, I repeated the above steps a couple times. But in most instances, you may need to only go through the above steps once – or even just use a couple of them.
Bonus: The same cleaning method works on the walls as well. But you may want to skip the baking soda, as it may also rub off a coat of paint.
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Before teaching your dog circus tricks, you need to determine if he or she is ready. It’s not a good idea to just rush your dog into learning complicated tricks. He might learn them. But will he really enjoy it? There are several things you should consider before training begins.
How well does your dog know basic commands? This is essential to performing circus tricks. If your dog doesn’t even know basic commands, it will be more difficult and confusing to teach circus tricks. Be sure your dog knows the basics very well before starting circus tricks. Basics include commands such as sit, stay, shake, up, down, fetch, drop it, leave it, and more.
Does your dog listen on command every time? A dog who follows instructions will be easier to train. Others can still learn tricks but it may take longer to get them down. In order to perform, a dog needs to crave obedience and listen on command each and every time. Otherwise, the performance may not go so well. Practice and positive reinforcement can help your dog master this – and even crave it.
Does your dog enjoy performing for you? Observe your dog. Is he or she happy doing tricks for you? If so, this is a good sign going into circus training. Dogs who enjoy performing for their owners may also enjoy performing for an audience. Though this is not always the case, it can be a good starting point for determining how your dog will perform on stage or in a circus ring.
Do you have motivational supplies on hand? Treats, a clicker, a favorite toy, or another reward may help motivate your dog to learn tricks. When there is a motivator behind completing a task, a dog is more likely to perform it. For some dogs, just hearing praise from their human is enough. But this won't be the case for all dogs. Be sure you have whatever your dog prefers on hand during all circus training sessions. When you are ready with your dog's motivational tools, your dog will be more ready to learn.
How is your dog around large crowds? Does your dog know how to relax in a crowded environment or does this cause stress? Watch your dog for signs of discomfort as well as signs of contentment around large groups of people. If your dog is too nervous or excited, positive training may help. Ultimately, the safety of your dog and people should come before your desire for your dog to perform in a circus.
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Interested in teaching your dog circus tricks? Think your pooch has what it takes to learn how to perform? There may be more to it than you think. Some aspects of circus training for dogs are simple. But it is necessary to start preparing your dog slowly and early. They all learn at a different pace.
Bond with your dog. Hopefully you have done this already by default. This should be a priority, even if just to show your dog love. However, bonding with your dog is one of the best ways to ensure your dog is loyal and listens to commands. If your dog has not bonded with you, he or she may not feel there is a reason to listen to commands.
Teach starter tricks to your dog first. Before advancing to more complicated tricks, such as those your dog could perform in a circus, start with the basics. Start with tricks such as jumping up onto objects only on command, standing, spinning, laying down flat, and staying without the stay command. These will get your dog prepared for the more advanced tricks that use these commands along with added steps.
Practice starter tricks every day. Once your dog learns a trick, you should not stop practicing the trick with your dog. Most dogs will enjoy repeating the tricks daily and this is necessary to keep them in memory. It isn’t necessary to practice every single trick every day, especially once your dog knows many. But be sure to get in practice for every trick as often as possible – and at least some tricks every single day.
Make learning enjoyable. The point of teaching your dog tricks is not for him to serve you. It should be an enjoyable process for your dog as well. Most dogs love to perform for their owners and many love an audience as well. If you make the process fun and don’t stress over the time it takes to get each trick down, you’ll have a happy and well-adjusted performer. That always makes for a better show than an animal who needs to be forced – and you should never force your dog to perform any trick. If your dog is not having fun, give your dog a break and consider what you may be doing wrong.
Get your dog used to large crowds. A dog with stage fright is not going to perform well. Also, not all dogs who love people will love doing tricks for a large crowd. Start small by having your dog perform on a kitchen table for the family and work your way up to backyard shows, park shows, and more in preparation for larger crowds. Not only should your dog thrive in a large crowd, but he should also know when to play with people and when to put on the show. You can teach your dog this lesson with practice. Never let anyone interact with your dog during a performance unless it is part of the performance.
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