Moving Beyond Traditional Dog Training

Dustin foraging as a way to settle down

This family right here is beyond measure one of the best I’ve served and continue serving.

They came to me wanting guidance on raising a puppy.

They are no stranger to the puppyhood experience, but it’s been a minute since they’ve been in the thick of it.

When we first sat down together, I immediately shared that what I’m going to say to them most likely will be 180 degree difference to what they learned about dog training and behavior.

Sure enough, that was the case.

Their open mindedness, their introspection and their ability in accommodating this new information and how to apply it has been remarkable.

Dustin, their puppy is just like any puppy. Morphing into a land shark and frustrating everyone in the home.

But, this family makes the choice to ask what the frustration is trying to tell them, allow their inner knowing to source their solutions in the moment based on the their learning and creating workable ways which meet Dustin’s needs.

The family comes together to do this because they all value Dustin’s emotional and social needs too.

They take heart centered action by prioritizing their relationship with Dustin.

The central focus is not on teaching sit, down, stay, or not to do something like nipping and biting.

But rather, the central focus and where they take action is what they want their relationship to look like and feel like.

I hear each time I meet with them, they want their whole family, to have a secure bond with him and they are making this happen with every choice they make.

The family shared with me that their routine changed the other day and Dustin was extra nippy.

Instead of allowing the frustration freezing them in place, they understood a routine change is hard on a dog to understand, they recognized the biting and nipping was because Dustin was frustrated and confused and they took heart centered action and found solutions that allowed the space for Dustin to relax.

He foraged the last bits of his food out of his food bin which helped him to self soothe and settle down.

What the family gets to receive from this is the feeling of relief from the shark teeth and a deepening of a connection with Dustin. The oxytocin overflows for both of them.

Building a relationship with your puppy or dog is not about the cues you teach them, but rather learning to flow with them, being guided to take action by what they need and being open to what unfolds on your journey.

Puppy and dog raising is much more than training a behavior or changing something you don’t like.

It’s about forming a relationship with them where you and your dog get to give and receive love from one another.

Dustin wearing his Halloween costume
Facilitating learning about Dustin’s needs to a younger generation.

If you’re willing to move beyond the limitations of what traditional dog training looks like, feel free to set up a call with me and you can explore what this is all about!

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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