Benefits of Coaching A Dog Training Client

I’ve heard from clients before of how burdened they feel about the dog training industry.

Pet parents expressed feeling beaten down by other trainers that they are hesitant to get help.

Sometimes the hesitancy turns to refusal to try again. They would much rather “just deal” or sadly, rehome their dog.

One client shared how she felt overrun by pet professionals and lands on the periphery of the training plan.

Another client shared how she feels judged other pet parents, family members, friends and neighbors about how to “best” handle her dogs behavior. Much to her dismay, their suggestions are misaligned with her values.

When a pet parent’s growth edge shows up, old limiting beliefs float to the surface.

Feelings of “My opinion isn’t valued.” “I’m not included in the training program.” “I feel alone in navigating x situation.” “I’m not enough.” “I feel lost.” “I don’t know how to do x and I’m afraid to ask.”

Training alone doesn’t empathize or address how our clients move forward with their dog.

The essence of training is for the expert in the field (trainer) to impart knowledge and set learning objectives for the pet parent (trainee).

Expert level training is time limited and lays the foundation for how’s and why’s of what you’re doing with your dog.

The focus is strictly on building the skills.

Coaching is the other leg.

Coaching succeeds training.

Coaching creates space for the pet parent to apply what they learned and ask questions in a safe place.

Through coaching, a pet parent can feel heard, seen and valued. They receive support in a way they didn’t have before and within this leveled up professional relationship, pet parents can transform.

The pet parent’s transformation can directly impact the wellbeing and life of their dog because the pet parent isn’t just learning how to perform a skill, they are becoming the person they want to be and how they want to show up for their dog.

Your client becomes an advocate for their dog’s needs in a way where they empowered in their voice.

Your client can be present with their dog, recognize their own stress response find the space to calm themselves and then respond to their dog’s emotional needs.

Your client learns to identify the values which ground them in knowing where they stand when navigating judgmental conversations from friends and family members. This frees them from carrying the burden of those judgments.

Ultimately, when your clients embody how they want to show up for their dog in this new way, they are no longer just doing, but they are being the pet parent they envisioned for themselves.

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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