Engage/Disengage

Transitions can be quite the challenge for dogs.

They have to get used to new place, new smells and even new neighbors (2 and 4 legged ones).

Transitions don’t have to give you or dogs a headache.

When your dog sees you as the safe haven and can rely on you to show them the way, you can give your dog space and let them make choices.

You can give them the opportunity to engage when they want to or take a break when needed.

Even for sensitive dogs like Jack, he’s learned through a well established reinforcement history of greeting and getting to know other dogs while at the same time making the choice of checking in with me and coming back to me.

Engagement and disengagement is part of his behavior pattern and no cueing the behavior is even needed.

Taking the time in strengthening our relationship, the dividends are surely worth celebrating. Invest in your relationship with your dog, you too will be living on easy street as time goes on!

He returns to me because I bring the good stuff.

As for Bernie, he enjoys his time away from other dogs, but I’ll still reward his naturally occurring behavior too!

Do you want to find out how you can encourage your dogs to do things you would like to see more of while having some fun and relaxed time with your dogs?

You can schedule a free Discovery Call with me!

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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