Let Your Dog Be Your Guide

I was chatting with one of my coaches the other day and she mentioned the idea that “we’re all just trying to get our needs met.”

This resonated with me because each one of us from humans to our companion animals are seeking out ways to meet our core needs of connection, belongingness, certainty/consistency, novelty, growth and contribution.

Connection: The need to have secure attachments and loving bonds with trusted caregivers.

Belongingness: Feeling our lives are significant and have meaning.

Certainty: Predictability. Consistency. This is where all of us including our dogs, develop a feeling of freedom in being our selves.

Novelty: New experiences, adventure, playfulness and anything and everything that enriches our lives.

Growth: Learning, expansion, developing our skils, passions and abilities. Reaching new heights and taking healthy risks.

Contribution: Service and sharing ourselves with our world. All of us (including our dogs) are social beings even if cultures assert independence and doing things ourselves. We weren’t meant to live isolated from one another. We were designed to live in community with each other.

Our dogs show us everyday how these core needs are important to them.

They guide us (if we listen) to deepen our awareness of what truly matters.

Our dogs are our guides to better understanding ourselves and what is important to us because they live their lives authentically and effortlessly.

What would happen if you took a cue from your companion animal and stepped into living your life more aligned with what we all inherently need (connection, belongingness, certainty, novelty, growth and contribution)?

What does that look like for you?

Feel free to share in the comments!

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.

2 thoughts on “Let Your Dog Be Your Guide

  1. This is a fairly new concept for me and my family since getting our pup almost 2 years ago. Even though we’ve ALL had pets as kids or in my daughter’s case….several years ago….I don’t think we ever realized how important it was to give our pup the respect to LEAD us. We are certainly a work in progress but we’re happy to be on this journey. Love how this flows over into human interactions as well. We’re all connected.


    1. I love how open you are to expanding your understanding! Relationships are interconnected and what we receive from one type of relationship it flows into the next and we all expand. Thank you for sharing and keep on receiving whatever shows up!


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