“Everything is Figureoutable”

This quote from Marie Forleo is transcendent.

It speaks to the heart of anyone who is feeling stuck.

For the pet parents I serve, feeling stuck often coincides with being frustrated by what their dogs are doing or not doing.

What’s shifted things is sharing with the pet parents I work with about the growth cycle.

The Body Mind Coaching Program taught me how confusion and frustration is apart of doing something new.

Those sensations not only tell you you’re approaching your comfort zone and expanding your awareness, but it is also informing you about something deeper when you ask, “what is this trying to say to me?”

One of my pet parents was sharing with me the other day about her Great Pyrenees, Hank who had a hard time being out in loads of distracting environments.

So much so, he growled at a couple of family members that he met previously.

During those tense moments, her frustration was focused on what Hank was doing rather than how he was feeling.

When she had some space to reflect on these moments, she shared that he didn’t feel safe.

When I asked her what the frustration was trying to tell her, she shared, she need to go slow and take more time for Hank!


“Everything is Figureoutable!”

The dog training culture is so hyper focused on the dog meeting our expectations, but this isn’t fair to us or the dogs.

This will lead both the pet parent and dog into frustration every time.

Giving space for our dogs to be dogs that is safe and they can trust they are safe will open doors for us and them.

Rather than reeling in control and thinking we have to be the boss.

I’m encouraging all my pet parents to offer more freedom and choice to their dogs.

This is a growth edge for many of us.

It’s also ok when you feel frustration and confusion bubble up.

I’m here to guide you in identifying what support gets to look like for you while coaching you in strengthening the relationship with your dog in dog friendly ways.

Are you curious about wanting a different life for you and your dog? Do you desire more freedom and joy? 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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