During a webinar I attended last week, the host, Heidi Metro said “who are you when things get tough?”

This made me pause.

Life is not about everything being happy and plodding along in a forward motion.

Life and our experiences or even your dog’s experiences and how you see them can appear to be anything but what you judge as progress.

Leaving you feeling annoyed, frustrated, angry, lost or even wanting to give up.

In many situations, when you experience set backs, this can dismantle your expectations.

Let the perceived set backs blow up your expectations.

Once you allow yourself to let go of expectations, you will be able to be in the moment of what your dog truly needs.

Sometimes, this is taking a few steps back or it’s trying something new, or its just taking a break.

When you can shift your perspective from focusing on achieving the next goal and you just show up and meet your dog where he is at in this moment, this shifts you into one of compassion and empathy and allowing you at least step a foot into your dog’s world.

Recognizing your dog’s emotional state in the moment can be the guide in moving you forward.

Not sure how or what your dog is feeling?

Curious about how your dog’s emotional state impacts your dog’s behavior?

Want to learn how you can let go of your own expectations and how to show up for your dog?

Let’s chat and I can share with you how my Growl to Grow program can support you!


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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