The Bee’s Knees

My coaching practice has a focus around how to meet our dog’s needs with an emphasis on meeting a dog’s emotional needs.

Why is this important?

All behavior is motivated by and underlying emotion (even for us), so to understand behavior is to first understand the emotion behind it.

When we begin to connect the dots with how our dogs can experience both appetitive emotions (care, play and lust) and aversive emotions (grief, fear/anxiety and rage) we can also have some clarity of how our dogs aren’t so different from us.

You can empathize with your dog’s experience because you can feel what its like when they are seeking out experiences they love and also feel when situations are causing them not just physical, but emotional pain as well.

Dogs aren’t the only creatures which have feelings.

A new study finds that bumblebees also can experience appetitive emotions like play

This is important because we can then have empathy for these little ones too and take action which can help support their existence in this world.

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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