Dog Days of Summer

I don’t know about you, but its been hot as anything the last couple of weeks. My husband and I’ve been suffering in our sweat boxes of an office and home. My pups have been not themselves either. Heat is such a buzz kill for this Northeasterner even though I grew up without air conditioning. Maybe its me getting older and more intolerant of high temperatures or the world is getting warmer, whatever the case, I’m looking forward to autumn.

Friday marked the first day where we had comfortable temperatures and Jack and Bernie could not have been more thrilled. My husband got home early for work and was able to spend time with the Bears. When I returned home, Jack and Bernie were playing like they used to before the summer. They were wrestling, grabbing each other, play bowing and sneezing (you know its fun when both are sneezing a ton!). We caught them in the midst of their game of chase and Eddie said “they’ve been playing like that on and off all afternoon like that.” That makes my heart soar!

In celebration of cooler temps and my spirited Bears, I did a little DIY treat dispenser. Both were interested, but per usual, Jack was the most determined (I think Bernie likes the easy way out).

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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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