The Wild Willow

Willow was making choices that weren’t safe for her.

Willow’s foster wanted her to see that returning inside wasn’t the party ending, but rather coming back inside and following her foster mom led to the fun continuing.

This is especially important as Willow is tiny and quick, her foster mom didn’t want Willow staying outside without supervision.

She didn’t want Willow getting herself into a pickle of problems.

Since Willow learned that “come” was irrelevant or even a predictor that the fun is over, we introduced a game that will always mean the fun is happening.

Counting is one way you can do this.

After a few short coaching rounds, Willow is willing to follow her foster mom inside without hesitation and with a whole lot of exhuberance.

This game makes the interaction fun and engaging, both of which is what Willow wants and needs.

Willow has a head start on learning and you can adopt her through Hearts4Doxies Rescue

If you’re struggling with encouraging your newly adopted companion to form a strong and loving bond with you, set up a Discovery Call with me to find out how you can get started

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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