What Values Matter to You?

I’ve been attending at training this week that has nothing to do with coaching or dog training lol.

Since I am spending a whole bunch of time learning about things that aren’t really about anything pertinent to my profession, I still made a choice to wear my listening ears.

I’m glad I did.

The first day, the presenter who is an organization leader discussed values.

He shared how he lives his values and how the values he holds dear are also apart of his organization.

He took it one step further and asked us all individually what value resonated with us and why is it important for the organization we were learning about this week.

I took this seriously.

It was impressed upon all of us that if we live to be X, then we must take action based on X.

Out of all the values, we all chose one that we felt was important to us in how we show up.

Underneath it all, we have to connect with values when we make choices for ourselves personally and professionally.

This made me feel into how my business operates and get clear on the values my business believes in too.

A Do No Harm ethical code in how and what I teach humans and their dogs is interwoven throughout each of the values I’ll discuss below.

Values are personal to the individual.

Here are the priority values for Four Paws & You Dog Training:

  1. Respect: We strive to respect the dignity and worth of the person and their dogs. You are both sentient beings and fostering a safe, humane and gentle learning approach is central to how we show up for you. We ask you to also demonstrate respect for your dogs’ welfare and wellbeing and prioritize this value when working with us.
  2. Autonomy: We see each of you and your dogs as individuals with unique personalities and you all have ability to make choices. We are committed in creating partnerships with you and your dogs so you all can create the life you want to live with your dog. We also ask you to see your dogs’ choice making in the same light and respect your dogs’ consent.
  3. Empowerment: Through our partnership with you and your dog, we cultivate a learning environment where we co-create your action plans. By guiding you on your journey, you take ownership over how you show up and take action, so you can live and move in this world confidently within yourself and with your dog.
  4. Fun (I forgot this one yesterday on the live, but it’s a HUGE one): We strive to create a fun learning environment so you and your dog can find the joy in being in companionship with one another. Play is a primary reinforcer for us and our dogs and when fun is happening, bonding and trust are being built. These are foundational for any learning and growing to happen.

The Do No Harm ethos intersects with each one of these values and underpins them as a grounding force.

If these values resonate with you and want to explore how activating them can shape your learning experience, set up a Discovery Call with me.

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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