If change of any kind was easy, everyone would do it!
Sondra and I worked together over the last several months on a variety of concerns ranging from separation anxiety and aggression.
Malfurion and Maverick (from right to left) had a serious fight between the two resulting in injury and emotional distress not only between them but Sondra was scared too.
Sondra felt the edges of her comfort zone frequently. She embodied how she wanted to feel, she took action in spite of the limiting beliefs (and friends and family) telling her it can’t be done and she’s accomplishing what she set out to do.
Coaching your clients is not just about addressing the behavior concerns their dogs are experiencing or displaying, it is setting up your clients with support so they can feel empowered and recognize their own capabilities. In doing so, your clients can not only deepen the relationship with their dogs, but also find themselves along the way!
For Sondra and I, we worked together virtually too!
“I’ve learned a lot about myself over the last months— I think it’s even been a whole year almost— of me handling and training my dog(s) behavioral problems. I would say the biggest thing I learned is even with my personal issues, I CAN do it. I AM capable. And mindset is sooo important in all of this. I’ve always struggled personally with feelings of being a failure and a burden etc. I’ve struggled with mental illness, and still struggle everyday as I have bipolar type 1. I’ve had to give up on a lot of dreams and wants and wishes because of this, and to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel where I might not have to give up my dogs just makes me feel like I can succeed at something despite the worlds’ stigma thinking otherwise. Which means.. maybe I can succeed at other things I was told not to bother trying with. One less failure can turn into more successes if I apply this to other things in my life. I’ve also been doing this journey almost 100% on my own as my husband is not really involved with training or daily care/activities with the dogs. I learned I had become really dependent on him and others around me for things, and doing such an overwhelming and seemingly impossible task on my own with the proper support really showed me that I can do this. I can do it on my own. I’m capable. I’m able. I still fight the dooms day mentality, and have my bad days where nothing goes right and I fear the worst, but before where it would ruin me and my dogs progress, I now know my mindset when training my dogs and my fears can really REALLY impact their progression and outcome of the whole situation. This has helped me deal with not only my dogs, but mg marriage, my other intra-personal relationships, my work in the process of starting our own business, and me as a person. I’m not anywhere near where I want to be, but I am so much further than where I started. I need to celebrate the small wins.. no matter how insignificant they seem to others or even myself because a win is a win.” Sondra H.
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