Do you make it harder, more complicated and then you become confused about what to do to help your dog?
Make it easier on you and your dog.
When you observe your dog having a hard time in a given situation(s), take a few steps back and reevaluate.
If the hard time is hearing outside noises, play some music inside.
Identify what noises that are troubling to your dog and pair them with something your dog loves when you’re able to.
When you can’t, play the music.
When your dog has a hard time seeing another dog on a walk and this creates tension and frustration within you, then go somewhere more secluded even if its your backyard to practice, play or run around with your dog off leash.
If you don’t have a backyard, you can do the same at a sniffspot location!
Then take the steps to practice pairing the experience at a low rate of exposure (really far away, limited time ect) and pair this experience with something your dog loves.
This will start changing your dog’s mind about the experience and it will help lay the groundwork for a new habit.
All behavior change is is your dog doing something differently.
You’re not erasing, stopping, fixing, breaking ect.
You’re just offering up an opportunity to a different solution.
It truly is that simple.
When you start unraveling the patterns of what gets in the way of making things easier on you and your dog, then you will uncover more about yourself and you’ll experience more joy in spending time with your dog in return.
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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