Use Your Values to Guide Your Action

The dog training industry is unregulated.

Not all trainers and consultants have the same level of education, knowledge or have kept up on their continuing education.

When you’re looking for someone who can support you in guiding you in how to help your dog change his emotional responses, how do you make a choice in who you hire to work with in teaching your dog?

What questions do you ask?

What do you value when you’re hiring a professional?

How present and aware of the answers you receive from the person on the other end of the conversation?

I have countless people reach out to me after they’ve had experiences with other “trainers and consultants” where they spent $$$$ for board and trains, in person lessons, promises and guarantees.

What the person came away with was a healthy mistrust of other “trainers and consultants” because they felt swindled because their dog’s behavior is unchanged or worse off after the experience.

When you mistrust another professional, you feel like you’re only option is to learn all you can from online videos, FB groups, reading books and articles.

Again, you find yourself sifting through more information and you’re still uncertain of where to go next.

The way forward in making a choice is connecting back to what you value.

In talking with someone yesterday, when the person was sharing about wanting to stop their dog from barking when he left, I asked him, “what I hear you say is you want your dog to feel more confident when he’s left alone and you want to experience more freedom being away.”

His answer was “yes.”

By recognizing what is going on beneath the surface of the behavior you want to change, you discover there’s more to it.

You recognize the emotional connection you have with your dog.

You recognize what emotional relief you need too, you start shifting into how to ensure the wellbeing and welfare of your dog.

You let go of what your dog is doing and connect back to how you want your dog to be feeling when you live the life together.

If you value your dog’s emotional needs and want to create a life you both can enjoy together and you’re willing to transform your life with your dog, let’s chat!

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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