Wanting Something Different for Yourself? Go For It!

Malfurion and Maverick walking with each other after weeks of desensitization and counterconditioning training!

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.

Curious how you can support your clients in a deeper and more meaningful way?

Set up your Uniting Call with me and let’s chat.

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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