Meet Hank and His Lovely Family

Hank was found living out in the woods and just surviving out in Eastern WA.

Hank met his pet parent after Hank was rescued by a local shelter and his pet parent just happened to visit one day.

His pet parent fell in love right away and brought him home to meet his other pet parent.

Hank was skin and bones and unsure about people and other dogs.

Hank was adjusting to life in a home when all he knew was living outside and fending for himself.

He spent most of his early days at his forever home outside.

Hank felt pretty unsafe and even started growling at his pet parents and friends that stopped by.

His pet parents knew right away they needed support in helping Hank trust his new surroundings and build a connection with them that Hank felt good about it too.

They also wanted to teach him with love, kindness and gentleness.

Hank learned that both of his pet parents are the source of joy for him, he seeks both of them out, is more relaxed at home that he spends more time inside than outside and his pet parents are learning more about what Hank is communicating with body language.

They understand that the growling is a sign that something is distressing to Hank. They are learning how to help him before this happens because they learned about how Hank communicates and how to do greetings with people when Hank is ready rather than the strangers coming up to him without an invitation.

And since Hank never learned to walk on a leash, we are weaving connection with his pet parents with a leash walking pattern game 123 reward during a spider walk.

His pet parents learned the value of moving slowly and gradually and allowing space for Hank to guide them rather than them controlling the situation.

If you’re interested in strengthening the relationship with your dog through gentle approaches, set up your 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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