Flex Your Thoughts and Beliefs

There are times when we have to shift our patterns and challenge our limiting beliefs because they no longer serve us.

For many of the pet parents I serve, they are actively questioning their understanding and belief systems around their dogs because they are making the choice to see their dogs differently and desire to change their thinking.

Letting go of beliefs that dogs need a powerful hand, dogs need to be under our control and dominated or else they will take over.

When you are presented with new information and it contradicts what you were taught to believe can be challenging to do, but it’s not impossible.

It requires keeping your thinking flexible.

You may be questioning what you know about how you grew up with dogs and how they were treated when you were younger.

You recognize now, pieces of what you were taught don’t fit in with what you’re learning now, but you are open for accommodating the new information.

Go slow. By taking one small step in changing how you show up for your dog can shape how you interact with your dog and seeing your relationship with your dog with new eyes.

Stay empathetic. We have real needs like food, air to breath and a safe place to sleep. Our dogs do too.

It doesn’t end there. We share needs with our dog like the desire for connection, trust, safety and freedom.

When we can accept we have shared similarities it opens us up to see the world through our companion’s eyes.

When they hurt, we hurt. When they feel love, we feel love.

Challenge the pattern of thought when it arises.

When you experience your dog growling and the belief comes up that this is wrong and a dog shouldn’t growl at me.

Ask yourself, “is that true?” What else can be going on?

When you can take a step back and consider the point of view from your dog, you will start opening your heart rather than repeating patterns and beliefs which keeps you small and limits what’s possible for you and your dog.

Choose curiosity and stay open minded.

Do you want to live a life with ease with your dog? Set up a Discovery Call and find out you can achieve this!

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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