Picking the Right Trainer

I know how challenging it may be in finding a trainer who is both knowledgeable and ethical.

I’ve been there.

My life before I became a dog trainer, I was in the same boat.

Dog training was new to me, but I know I needed help with my little guy Jack.

His barking was Out.Of.Control. Regardless of where we were or what we are doing.

Unfortunately, the trainer we initially saw used aversives.

My husband and I were uncomfortable with those training methods.

Now looking back, those were the first methods used. There was no discussion on preventing the barking or managing the environment.

All the trainer cared about was ending a problem without even the slightest consideration of Do No Harm or humane practices.

What this only did was making Jack’s barking on a leash even worse.

Being committed in my goals of figuring out better ways and approaches in line with my values, I set off on a training path.

Fast forward several years later, here I am encouraging you to seek information out about a trainer’s methods before you purchase.

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.

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