Keeping Up the Practice

The adolescent phase of raising a puppy lasts awhile, but not forever!

I worked with Olive and her pet parents last year on building a loving connection and bond.

We didn’t work on formal manners.

We spent time on encouraging Olive to settle and relax and for her to make the choice to do so.

They spent time in practicing life skills with leash walking and calming games.

Mat work for sure helped Olive to make the choice to take a break as well as make a choice to settle in more distracting environments.

Olive’s pet parents shared with me how they attended Bark in the Park with her a couple of weeks ago.

Bark in the Park where the Mariners baseball team opened the gates to fans bringing their companion dogs with them to a home game.

They took this as an opportunity to practice mat work in a new scenario.

With the help of some yummy treats, Olive continued to make the choice to relax even with the distractions of other dogs and people she loves saying hi to as well as new sounds and smells of a baseball stadium.

Olive and her pet parents continue in putting in the practice.

They experience confusion of why Olive does X and they make the choice to surrender back into the practice when frustration hits.

As they continue to show up for Olive in a way that Olive needs, they as a family continue to have breakthroughs of reaching a new level of their relationship with Olive.

They continue seeking out opportunities in living an integrated life as a family!

The foundation is laid when you learn how to connect and form a loving a bond with your dog in a dog friendly way.

You make the choice every day to show up and continue the learning.

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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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