Unlocking Potential

The first group of Growl to Grow clients are actively doing their homework and following the training plans I’ve created for them and adapt as we go.

Growl to Grow clients may sound like you in the beginning. They are often struggling with barking at all things, their dogs fearfully lunging and nipping at guests, pulling on a leash or never coming back when the leash comes off.

Clients are learning about how learning is NEVER in a straight line and finding ways of staying patient with themselves and their dogs.

Dogs are learning how being with their people and playing games and interacting on a daily basis is the source of plenty. Plenty of love. Plenty of affection. Plenty of attention. Plenty of enrichment.

What continue to astounds me is where my clients hearts open and their imagination widens with seeing the untapped potential in their relationship with their dogs.

Is that you?

What if I told you, by the end of the program, you’ll be doing activities with your dogs you never imagined was possible?

Like taking your once highly reactive dog and being able to go into a busier city center and have lunch with friends and your dogs?

Or, planning on taking your fearful and reactive dog to a pet sitter or boarder for the first time? Finding out, your dog enjoyed her time there for a WHOLE weekend and not once had a reactive event causing more fear.

How about this one, being able to have your dog off leash for the first time and she stays with you for the ENTIRE run in the woods?

Unimaginable, right? Not at all.

All of these things have been accomplished by my clients. The goals of decreasing barking and changing their dogs’ minds about once stressful or fearful events are now exciting and enjoyable.

How about LOOSE leash walking. One client in particular had some trouble with her dog pulling on a leash and now she and her dog are doing a Couch 2 5K because her dog gained mad leash walking skill.

K-Rae and Ray wanted their dogs Shadow and Popeye have better leash walking skills and improve on recall and being off leash.

We played hide n’ seek and practiced loose leash walking in the first session.

In less than a week, the Ray recounted while on a run, Shadow ran with him off leash in the woods and she stayed right by Ray’s side the entire time.

This all happened because of the relationship K-Rae and Ray strengthened with their dogs.

Ray and Shadow practicing loose leash walking after the first session. Best friends hanging out together.

This can be you too!

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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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