As my dad would often say, “take it slow”

I find myself sharing with my clients wise words from my father, “take it slow” when they want to rush to get the skill learning done, they want to move on to the next thing or they overbook themselves leaving them feeling frustrated when their dog “isn’t getting it.”

What do you receive from rushing around?

Do you receive feeling frantic, not meeting your expectations of your already overloaded schedule, inconsistent routine with your dog which only exacerbates your dog practicing habits that aren’t healthy?

What keeps you in the struggle are your outdated patterns and beliefs that if you “have time to lean, you have time to clean” mentality.

The idea that every hour of your day has to be filled with “things to do” so you can go to bed exhausted and then do it all over again.

What if, you made the choice to prioritize taking things slow?

By slowing down and being present and in the moment, you create more space and time for yourself and your dog.

You begin to experience living in the moment like your dog gets to do everyday.

Your dog can guide you into doing the same for yourself, living presently and with awareness of what each moment brings.

You get to become proactive versus reacting to what’s showing up.

You are able to experience joy, connection and ease when you prioritize what you value the most, spending time with the people and the animals you love, trust and find solace in their presence.

I invite you to see how you can take a moment today in spending time with your dog and yourself and experience what sensations show up for you both when you take things slow.

Did you observe any shifts?

Feel free to share in the comments or send me a message!

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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