Ask for Support, Your Body and Your Dog Will Thank You!

You do all the things for your family.

You’re juggling work, taking care of things in the home, your family and you feel like you don’t have space for yourself.

On top of it, now you are the one who is the primary caregiver for the dog you and your family added to the family.

You believed everyone was going to share in the responsibilities in caring for your companion animal, but you found yourself doing this too.

You’re exhausted and frustrated.

You’re at a crossroads.

You’ve vented your frustration with your family about what your dog is doing and they go into problem solving mode.

Their solutions don’t line up with your values of ensuring the care and welfare of your dog.

Your whole body tells you, pain, force and intimidation is not the answer or the direction you want to go in how you want to show up for your dog.

What you didn’t see clearly before, but now you do is that what you need is support not permission.

Support in how you take space for yourself to reset.

Support in seeing the connection of when you take time to be present with your dog, not only does your dog receive connection, companionship and love, but you receive too.

You receive relief from the swirling of anxiety and confusion from all the doing for others and what you give yourself and your body is calmness from the raging storm inside of you.

When you see the fruits of your labor in how your dog starts seeking you out when otherwise he would feel fear and frustration, you want to throw a party!

I invite you to include yourself in that party too.

You, along with your dog deserve celebration. Taking the step into prioritizing yourself, what your dog needs and putting into action skill building exercises which strengthen the flame of connection you know is already lit, you fan the flames to create more fire and energy to do this all again.

Maybe, the support you desire is for your family to help you out with other responsibilities while you take the loving leadership role in your dog’s life.

Want to explore what is showing up for you? 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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