Guide Your Dog and Experience What Is Possible

You’re only experience with dog training is what everyone else is doing around you.

What you observe in how traditional methods are used and relied upon, it makes you uneasy and it’s misaligned with your values.

You don’t see how pain and punishment has any role in teaching and guiding.

You want something different.

You’re skeptical, but you’re also willing to try it out.

As you move through your training program with me, you deepen your awareness of how strengthening the relationship between you and your dog leads you into exploring opportunities to have an integrated life with your dog.

You experience the freedom of having the world at your feet and at your dog’s paws.

You can make choices to travel and bring your dog with you, you can observe how the investment of time and energy you committed to in teaching your dog how to make choices allows your dog to build confidence, feel relaxed and to seek you out in times of uncertainty.

Wendy and her family followed their values and chose a dog friendly way of training.

What culminated for Cooper and his family is the first of many successful camping trips.

Alongside what Cooper achieved, she and her partner became citizen scientists in the experience.

During their recent camping trip, Wendy shared, “The dogs who were most reactive, are the ones wearing shock and martingale collars. Who were yelled at as soon as they made any noise. Surprisingly (to her not me lol), Cooper was the one who barked the least at other dogs and he was the only one not being yelled at or forced down into a lay.”

Wendy goes on to say, “I feel like he had more freedom. He chose when to stop barking. He wasn’t forced to sit or lay (which is weird that this was a tactic). So I can visibly see how force free training was better method for Cooper.”

When you allow your dog to make choices that you’ve spent time reinforcing, you too can experience a freedom from micromanaging and feeling a need to control what your dog is doing.

Instead, you and your dog feel connected and your dog trusts he or she will be and stay safe and this gives your dog the freedom to choose.

Find out how building a relationship with your dog can give you both more freedom.

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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