Snowy Reflections for 2021

This time of year is for reflection.

Reflecting on not only how this current year is wrapping up, but also to take a moment and reflect on how far we’ve come.

I, like you, believed at one point, Jack was always going to be out of control and living life cranked up to a 10.

Or, in the case of Bernie, always being scared and barking at my husband at the slightest movement or gesture.

I felt trapped by Jack and Bernie very early in our relationship.

My feelings of worry and frustration kept me thinking in these absolutes and wondering “what did Jack do now” when I was away to get groceries when Eddie was deployed.

I could have made some different choices early on which could have saved all of us a little heartache and headache.

We were a mess.

I didn’t know what I do now and hindsight is 20/20.

But what never waned was my commitment and dedication in doing things better for them.

I dedicated myself in learning not just better and modern ways of training.

I also learned about what supports their social and emotional wellbeing and how to satisfy these real needs everyday.

These needs look different now because they are older, but we are intentional everyday in connecting and bonding with them, so they can continue living their best lives and I’m happy I’m now able to know how to make this possible.

This moment was perfect as it helped me to reconnect with my own heart of what is truly possible.

The struggle can feel real because it is. You can learn new ways of doing things too which can unlock your and your dog’s hearts.

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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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