Facing Fear

When you’re struggling with something new like embarking on a new project, being presented with a challenge within a relationship with your partner or feeling uncertainty with a concerning behavior your dog is expressing, you feel fear.

Fear creeps in because what you’re presented with is unchartered territory and you have no experience with addressing this, you’re being pushed out of your comfort zone.

Your confidence lags.

You “think” gathering more information on the specific area of focus will somehow bestow confidence on you.

You scour FB groups, read blogs and check out websites to find the solution.

Still, the confidence doesn’t show up.

You feel lost and directionless.

Our minds are terrific at processing information and laying out a plan.

What you’re missing in your quest in gaining confidence for yourself and your situation is turning on the light within yourself that you believe you can get to the other side of the problem.

You aren’t just your thoughts. You are experiencing the world outside of yourself through you ability to see, taste, hear, touch and of course feeling what is is happening within and outside of you.

When you allow yourself to experience the world coming through you and listening to you inner knowing of where you go from here, you create your plan.

The individuals and families I serve value their dogs’ emotional needs because they are emotionally invested in their dogs’ well-being.

They have carefully researched their options and link up with me because we are on the same page. Our partnership is based on mutual trust and we have shared values!

This alone allows for sharing of thoughts and ideas which makes it easy for them to implement the skills.

When they do, they see changes take shape before their eyes. But the doing isn’t the only thing that’s most important.

The felt experience of of their dogs feeling more comfortable, relaxed and safe allows their people to also experience the same. Together, they feel more hope and experience more confidence in handling any situation that comes along.

They’ve quieted the fear.

Now, they can see their path illuminate and see what’s possible.

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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