Are You Asking for Permission or Support?

You doubt you have the knowledge to make a choice that is right for you let alone your dog.

Your confidence is in the dumps.

Your self talk about what you’re doing and the work your doing with your dog leads you to down a dark path of confusion and frustration.

You just want to give up.

You’ve always had the permission in your grasp in choose how you move forward, but you never felt empowered to make a choice.

You just avoided taking action because you didn’t know what was on the other side and avoiding was easier to do.

What if the choice you’re about to make is choosing between hiding back into your comfort zone or expanding past your growth edge.

You give yourself the permission to choose.

Today, you made the choice of seeing what you can learn in this space of vacillation instead of avoiding it all together?

Once you took notice of the feeling of being in limbo in making a choice in where to go next, you allow yourself to feel the frustration bubble up inside of yourself.

The feeling of frustration is your internal compass indicating you are on to something even if you can’t quite put your finger on it yet.

I know, that feeling is uncomfortable and you may even be afraid of what it’s trying to say.

But instead, you make the choice to feel brave and you ask yourself, “what is the frustration trying to tell me?”

Maybe the answer is your expectations are getting in the way of what is actually unfolding in front of you.

The beliefs of where and what you’re doing are not real or your reality.

Instead, when you start seeing how the steps you’re taking is getting you closer to what you want because you can feel a connection with your dog growing stronger your awareness of the impact of the work you’re doing with your dog grows deeper.

You can feel the shifts happening.

You can observe his body language change and you can see those changes are reflecting a more relaxed dog than before.

The journey continues each day. You are reminded of where you were because you can now see how your dog is making choices to seek you out, be closer to you without running away and looking forward to when you show up.

All you need to do is keep going!

Are you willing to give yourself permission to choose to do things differently?

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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