The Zen in Dog Walking 

Late last week I decided on incorporating a new service, dog walking! I’ve been walking my neighbor’s dogs (Tramp, Boo and Dingo) since October. It’s been a great experience for me, but seeing how excited the three amigos get when I come to the door, as I like to call them, that is the butter to my bread. My neighbor, I’ll call him Fred is a disabled veteran and he has a challenging time since his pups are gang busters at the first step on their walk. Tramp and Dingo are large Labrador mixes and Boo is a Shepherd. They are just beyond excited for their time out in the neighborhood and would pull Fred and potentially injure him. Fred asked me to help him out and I obliged. 

The three amigos have so much energy and show so much excitement for their 30 minute walk. Even Fred sees and understands the enthusiasm they have for it. Fred even shared with me “this is their favorite time of day”. That particular statement is what made me open my eyes and consider there are probably other families who want the same for their dogs, but maybe don’t have the time for it or like Fred’s situation, they are physically unable to do that for them. Maybe you’re one of them! 

The internal motivator for me is the sense of peace I feel when walking dogs. I don’t know where I read this before, “the zen of dog walking”. Yes, dog walking is truly a meditative activity for me. I find the connection in building the relationship with each dog I walk from just putting one front of the other with my four legged companion both rejuvenating and relaxing. I’m grateful for this opportunity. I get as much out of dog walking as my clients’ dogs do 😉

So, if you’re reading this and you find yourself in Southwest Oklahoma, Four Paws & You is ready to leash up and step out!

I’m about to head out and meet up with the three amigos shortly… 

  

We’re Done!

 

Published by houndbiz

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.

2 thoughts on “The Zen in Dog Walking 

  1. I love taking my dogs for walks! Sometimes I may not be excited about the task itself, but once we are outside, being in the fresh air always boosts my mood. Plus, the dogs’ happiness is contagious!

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