Therapy Dog Training pt 6

Ok, so I’m a week late with my update and tonight is our second to last class. We’re testing for our CGC, AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate. I’m feeling good, about it, but I wanted to share a little from last week.


Bernie post AKC Canine Good Citizen Test
Last Monday, the Boy Scouts came and the kids were so gracious in helping our class out. One boy was asked to jump around, in front of the dogs and dart around them. Bernie was great, he immediately wanted to go into a play bow and run around with him, but he was required to keep his composure and he did, fabulously! There was one boy who had his arms crossed and looked like he was forced to be there. He had no interest and said he’s afraid of big dogs. When it was our turn, that same little boy softened and asked me if he could give Bernie a treat. He did and Bernie licked his hand. After that, the boy was open in meeting the rest of the dogs in the class. I’ve always heard when he’s at day care or being boarded how Bernie really draws out the shy and bit withdrawn dogs. I guess that’s true of kids too 🙂

Afterwards, we were asked to simulate a reading group. We were paired up with a boy and we were asked to pretend the boy was reading to us. Bernie settled down quickly and immediately rolled over onto his back looking for belly rubs. Bernie’s presence really opened up conversation between the boy and I. It was relaxed and the boy seemed more open in sharing his thoughts and 

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Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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