The Fork in the Road: Which Direction Will You Choose?

You’ve had dogs all your life.

One day, your dog is doing something you’re unsure about how to handle.

Fear creeps in.

You don’t know what to do, but you do feel uneasy about how life with your dog is now like a spinning top, wobbling around on its head.

You want answers.

You want things to go back to where the were before.

This is where your relationship journey with your dog begins.

You can choose to take the path led by fear itself.

Trapping yourself in the same limited beliefs of what you can’t do, how change isn’t possible and diminishing your own light of hope that shines within you.

Even choosing to listen to others who reflect back to you the negative labels that your dog is bad, troubled, stubborn or is otherwise broken in some way.

Only leading you to take action which is detrimental to your relationship with your dog.

Or, you can make a different choice.

You can choose to go down the path of actively acknowledging the fear of the unknown, face the limiting beliefs straight on and reclaim your own power in how you move forward.

You can light your way, by choosing how you want your relationship with your dog to be, how you and your dog are treated and what you envision for the future.

The fear never goes away, especially when you embark on a new path that you’ve never experienced before.

You don’t have the neural pathways of what this experience will look like.

That’s ok.

When you listen to your inner knowing of what is truly loving, kind, humane and safe for you and your dog, you will be guided to take action with this in mind.

You’ll be guided in the direction you know in your heart where you wan to travel.

One pet parent shared with me the other day is when she experienced her dog pulling and lunging on the leash and almost taking her down, she quickly knew she had a choice to make.

The hope illuminated her situation could be different, led her into not rehoming or returning her dog to the rescue.

She was then led on a path of seeking solutions of how to teach her dog to walk on a leash.

She even took the opportunity to observe how other professionals worked.

What she learned is the methods used by other industry leaders were confusing to the dog, the tools suggested she use she considered torture devices and refused to incorporate them into her practice.

Her desire in having a loving bond with her dog led her into making a choice for gentle and kind approaches.

Now, she’s creating a new routine and motivated to take action in teaching and guiding her dog.

Showing up and taking action, she’s creating a new habit and new understanding of how to handle the situations when her dog sees another dog while out on a walk.

Her confidence is soaring. When bumps along the way happen, she now sees this as an opportunity to learn, ask questions and try again.

The tears turn to smiles and she chooses to see each day as an adventure and the journey of learning and understanding what her dog needs guides her along the way.

Create ease and discover how to lessen the burden of what your dog is doing by finding the joy and fun in your relationship.

Click on the link to schedule a time to chat if you’re willing to 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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