The Phenix Advocacy Center for Professional R+ Dog Trainers

Has a positive reinforcement professional trainer made a difference in your dog’s life?

In your own life?

Has an R+ professional helped your dog learn to relax and give him the gift of being able to enjoy his life?

Has an R+ professional sat with you – and cried with you – when your dog’s life comes to an end?

Has an R+ trainer given you force free tools to gift your new puppy with resiliency and confidence?

Has an R+ professional made ALL THE DIFFERENCE for your dog?

Now it’s your turn to say thank you and help us help these amazing trainers and human beings!

I do what I do because I love dogs and I have a huge amount of love and respect for the kind pet parents and guardians like you who will do anything and everything for their loved dog.

In February of this year, Annie Phenix created the Phenix Advocacy Group for R+ Canine Professionals. The PAC provides free peer-to-peer support for R+ trainers. As a BodyMind Coach and behavior consultant, this was a perfect fit for me. You see, we advocate for the mental and physical well-being professional members of the group

Why advocacy for the professionals in the dog training industry?

Well, professionals in this industry face cyber bullying, experience defenseless and voiceless companion animals being abused and tortured in the name of training and we are the warriors fighting against this injustice, we’re fighting against misinformation within the industry while even feeling isolated within our own communities.

This can lead to feeling of hopelessness and powerlessness to even feel we can make a change.

We’re depleted and burned out! The average burn out rate for a professional trainer is 2 years! For many of us, we don’t even get to the point of feeling confident in our expertise before we want to hit the bricks and run for the hills.

We need these committed folks more than ever. We need heart centered people who prioritize the wellbeing and welfare of our companions above all else.

There is now something we can do! We have a place where we can be seen and heard and receive support.

We do need your help!

You can help us help trainers by donating $5 to our Go Fund Me. It’s a small but important way to say a big THANK YOU for these hard-working and dedicated professionals.

The Go Fund Me explains why we are raising these funds now. Your donation will directly benefit R+ professionals through our Advocacy group! And THANK YOU for your love of dogs and for being our supportive community in all things dog!

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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