An Intentional Practice of Kindness

Trust is born out of an intentional practice of kindness.

Everyday, you show up and allow your dog to guide you in what he or she needs to feel safe and loved.

This is a lifelong commitment to your dog’s wellbeing and her quality of life.

Doozy and his pet parent exemplify a loving bond.

Doozy came into his pet parent’s life afraid of everything.

He was overwhelmed and unsure about all the changes going on.

Doozy wasn’t comfortable exploring the home, his safe spot was on his bed where he spent most of the day.

He was reluctant to go outside.

When meeting new people, he struggled.

Doozy’s pet parent took action because she wanted Doozy to feel safe and confident.

We took great care in holding Doozy’s trust and prioritized his welfare as we encouraged him to make choices.

Choices like seeking out his pet parent when something scary or unfamiliar happens like a car driving by, seeing people walk by the window and even when a guest comes by.

The latter is still a work in progress. His pet parent easily adapted the training plan to include new scenarios and situations she wanted Doozy to be more comfortable in experiencing.

One of the biggest leaps forward was Doozy feeling more comfortable going out the front door.

This leap took a few weeks of slow and gradual exposure to the door and being guided by how Doozy was feeling and what he felt safe in doing.

By slowing down and following Doozy’s lead, Doozy trusted he would be safe which also fostered a stronger bond with his pet parent.

Their bond opened the door to Doozy taking the next step on his journey of feeling more confident in surprising situations.

Her love is healing Doozy.

Curious how a tailored approach and learning how to follow your dog’s lead can bring you closer together?

Set up a Discovery Call with me!

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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