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Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast…where training and behavior meet Heart and Soul for an inspirational and educational journey. Each week, we’ll take a dive deep into the human-dog connection and explore strategies that will inspire you to create legendary, enlightened partnership with your dog. Kathy Kawalec has always had a deep resounding connection with dogs and she has devoted her life to being their voice in a world where not many are TRULY listening. Her lifelong journey led ...
 
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Establishing a partnership with your dog when they have behavior issues can be a real challenge. But what about building a partnership with 13 dogs all with their own unique needs? Rescuing or fostering a dog can be such a rewarding experience that it’s no wonder people get hooked! Over the last 7 years, BPA member Alicia Martin has fostered over 6…
 
Does your dog often get over-excited or easily stressed? Does that feeling pass onto you, and before you know it, you’re both stuck feeling frustrated or angry? Our dogs look to us for so much guidance and reassurance. When we get over-excited, so do our dogs. When we become fearful, our dogs can pick up on that too. So, what can you do to keep you…
 
We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations, but what is the key to achieving them? One of the most common pieces of advice is that you need to change your mindset to achieve your dreams. After all, your mindset is key to everything in your life. It affects your health and wellness, financial status, career, and the relationships you have in your li…
 
Are you feeling disconnected from your dog? Are you struggling to remain present and live in the moment with them? Living a partnership lifestyle means intentionally creating a heart-to-heart connection with your dog. It means learning to be present and having an awareness of yourself and your thoughts and feelings. By learning more about yourself,…
 
When your personality doesn’t align with your dog’s in the ways you might expect, how do you communicate and connect? BPA member, Beth Williams, welcomed her new dog, KZ into her life with open arms and an open heart. But after years of owning earth-type dogs (and being an earth-type herself), adapting to a dog with a fire-type personality was quit…
 
When it comes to reactive dog behavior, it can feel like you’ve tried just about everything, and nothing seems to work. A reactive dog can put a huge strain on your relationships with your beloved pets. It can significantly impact the quality of a dog’s life as well as your own. Traditional training is what many people turn to. But if that doesn’t …
 
You may think that you’re listening to your dog’s wants and needs, but listening isn’t always what you think it is. We all want to do what’s best for our dogs. However, sometimes, in the quest for a successful relationship, we can get stuck pursuing traditional training methods that just aren’t working. The reality is, truly listening to your dog c…
 
We often think about success as external. But what internal work happens on the way to achieving a brilliant partnership? Your mindset can be a powerful guide on the path to a happy lifestyle with your dog. But there are many factors that influence how you think, feel, and respond in any given situation. Most of the time, this happens on the uncons…
 
Are the activities you do with your dog really meeting both your needs? Both you and your dog are social beings. You have socialization and intellectual stimulation needs that you have the power to fulfill. But we often make mistakes about how to socialize our dogs and the engagement that we have with them. In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, K…
 
When your emotional pathway is clear and balanced, you’re primed for connecting and co-regulating with your dog. But finding balance isn’t always easy. So, what tools can you use to help restore emotional balance in your partnership? In this Enlightened By Dogs episode, Kathy shares how you can use flower essences to find balance when you’re experi…
 
There are five key pillars that all social animals need to connect and thrive. These five elements build trust between you and your dog, and bring you back into balance when things start to go awry – so they’re crucial for maintaining a partnership lifestyle! But what are they? The five pillars are to be safe, to be connected, to belong, to be hear…
 
In the world of dog behavior, there’s a lot of talk about “impulse control”. But what is causing these impulses, and what’s the best way to approach “controlling” them? In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy turns the idea of “impulse control” upside down and inside out! Instead of trying to control impulses, Kathy explores how you can use y…
 
If your dog is displaying difficult behavior and not cooperating, it may make you feel like your dog is deliberately giving you a hard time. But the truth is, your dog is having a hard time! When you have these negative thoughts about how your dog reacts to you, it leads to trust leaks in your partnership. But there are ways to turn your thinking a…
 
Socializing your dog can be tricky business! Especially when there are so many theories of how it should be done. However, some methods might not be right for your dog and may do more harm than good to your partnership. In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy shares the three common socialization myths that you should be aware of. She explain…
 
Life can get pretty interesting when we mix personalities. Understanding your dog's personality type teaches you why they behave the way they do. Knowing more about how your dog expresses their personality gives you an insight into what they’re trying to communicate and how. This better communication and understanding ultimately leads to a strong p…
 
One of the most common mistakes that dog moms make is fundamentally misunderstanding their dog's behavior. Your dog has an innate personality and unique needs. When these get misinterpreted, it can lead to your dog responding in a negative way. A misunderstood dog can be very difficult to live with. They may show anxious, defensive, or withdrawn be…
 
How can you truly help your reactive dog? I feel really passionate about this topic. Why? Because I hear so many stories of dog moms and dog families struggling with reactive dog training that just doesn’t work for them. Often, the advice from the dog training world isn’t helpful. It can result in dog moms feeling demoralized, guilty, or even like …
 
What if I told you there was a way to bypass the language barrier that you experience with your dog? Well, I believe that anyone who seeks to be a better communicator with their dog can achieve this by getting in touch with their intuition. Your intuition is a powerful way to receive and send communication with not just your dog, but all beings. Fr…
 
When you share a partnership lifestyle with your dog, you invite them to be a part of, or join in with, things that you do. But, when you extend an invitation to your dog, are you considering what your expectations are? Sharing a partnership lifestyle with your dog starts with offering invitations to connect and engage. Invitations are a brilliant …
 
Are your thoughts getting in the way of you living a safe, calm, and happy life with your dog? Without realizing it, your thoughts around safe, calm, and happy, could be the very thing that stifles your progress! Whenever you try to make real change happen in your life (even if it’s positive change), your primitive brain often steps in and makes yo…
 
What do different dog greetings really mean? Have you ever wondered why your dog greets you the way they do? Why do they get so excited when you come home? Why do they jump up, spin around in circles, or clobber you with their front paw? As dog moms, most of us fully embrace whatever way our dogs choose to greet us. Of course, we might find it cute…
 
Setting boundaries for our dogs is so important, especially when it comes to biting from excitement or over-arousal. A lot of the misunderstanding comes from the idea of setting boundaries because boundaries mean strict restrictions, right? Well, not exactly. When setting boundaries for your dog, you actually help to build trust. You see, the one t…
 
Living in partnership with our dogs comes with lots of highs and lows. We create memories together that we cherish, and we continue to grow closer as brilliant partners. However, it's not all rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes, our dogs like to express themselves in ways that some people would deem "naughty." This type of behavior ranges from barking…
 
Where does your empowerment come from? Empowerment does not come from placing yourself above others but from your strength, vulnerability, and empathetic nature. Whenever a new year or season in life begins, many people reflect on their life’s purpose. They want to discover why they’re here on this planet and find meaning in what they’re doing with…
 
Is your dog so out of control that you’re afraid to walk them on a leash? There’s nothing more stressful than walking an unruly and reactive dog who could pull, lunge, or bark hysterically at any minute. If you’re struggling with this problem with your dog, Kathy wants to help you change your story so that you and your dog can come together in a lo…
 
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