Guiding Others to Taking the Leap of Faith into Entrepreneurship

When I started out in the dog training field, I was focused on how to help Jack learn life skills which can improve his social and emotional response to the things around him.

My vision for how my next steps were going to look after a I completed my certification program was narrow.

I didn’t know what was possible outside of how I can better serve Jack and his needs.

I connected with 2 invaluable mentors who I still consider good friends. They both showed me the ropes in how to approach dog training and behavior modification in a humane way.

We worked closely with one another.

I was comfortable being contracted out by them. I didn’t have to think up how to create my own business someone already did this!

Being a military spouse it was inevitable, we were going to move and my time came for my mentors and I to part ways.

My inherent desire in taking action was still burning and I took initiative in forming Four Paws & You Dog Training.

I researched how to set up a small business, I created social media platforms while I continued blogging about dog training and behavior.

My dog training business was still a side gig.

I was afraid to set out on my own as a full time job.

Fear got in the way and I took dead end jobs just to contribute to my household income.

Fear prevented me from diving in and taking a leap of faith on myself in becoming a business owner for years!

In preparation for our move back to the states in 2020, I made the decision to go all in on myself.

I hired a business coach who guided me in conceptualizing my business from a scheduling and program development side.

This set the stage for my flagship, Growl to Grow Dog Training and Support Program.

Owning and operating a business didn’t end there nor is that the complete picture in building the business structure.

I discovered for myself how one of my core values of autonomy helped me to understand how I can motivate myself and show up for my clients in a real and authentic way.

Owning a business is a part of who you are and it is what you are actively expanding upon when you take action in creating new opportunities for clients.

This can and is very scary!

I knew I needed support through this new phase of my professional development.

I entered into a new realm of self discovery with the assistance of another business coach.

Fear for sure showed up here too.

Fear of the unknown.

Fear of the what if’s.

What I recognized is how fear is in one way trying to keep me from taking risks.

Risks of starting something new and moving away from my comfort zone stirred up my own self doubt.

What I quickly learned that these fears are not reality and rather with cultivating a mindset change and recognizing what fear really represents helped me to embark on a new path.

Integrating all of what I learned through expanding my own self awareness, led me into creating a Confidence Boost Program for pet professionals.

The Confidence Boost Program is designed to help you, other pet professionals in navigating client relationships, understanding your core values and how your core values underpin your business, how you understand and address the inner critic that try and derail you and the action in moving your business needed forward.

This program is specific to other force free pet professionals who have started their own business, but are struggling with taking the next step.

If this sounds like you, schedule a Uniting 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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