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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. This passion is fueled by ...
 
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Do you know about the dance invitation? Do you know how to invite your dogs to dance? How do you know if you’re doing it properly, and if you’re getting it right, why won’t your dogs join you? In last week’s episode: Giving Our Dogs the Opportunity to Say No, Kathy introduced us to the concept of Connect, Observe, Decide, and how to create oppo ...…
 
Do you give your dog the freedom to say no to you? In a world where having a well trained, obedient dog is touted like a medal of honor, it may seem weird to entertain the idea of giving our dog the option to say no to us. In this week’s episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy will be sharing why we might want to start, and the massive impact it ...…
 
How do you socialize your dog? Are you the type to force your friend to face their fears? What about bringing them into crowded dog parks to expose them to other dogs? Have you been wishing for a better way to socialize? One that actually works and doesn’t stress out your dog or break their trust? Today on Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy is busting ...…
 
What is responsible role-modeling and what does that look like? Why does it matter? How does it positively impact your relationship with your dogs? These are questions you may not feel the need to ask, but as they say: we don’t know what we don’t know! In this episode, Kathy is giving you one of the most powerful tools to put in your toolbox to ...…
 
Being a Brilliant Partner to your dog takes a shift in perspective. In fact, it takes multiple shifts in your mindset to become the best partner you could possibly be! But what are these shifts? How do you identify them? What can you do to begin reframing your dog’s needs, wants and behaviours? In this week’s episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kat ...…
 
Imagine adopting 2 Great Pyrenees dogs and having them join your family. Everything is going well, and everyone is getting along. Then one day, you decide to take in a deaf dog, and give him a chance at a great life with your loved ones. It starts going down hill. The new dog is stressed out, frustrated, and you can’t communicate with him. Your ...…
 
Over-arousal is a real problem that shows itself in a lot of different ways. In some cases, it can look like chasing cars, animals, or running along the fence. In other cases it can look like digging hundreds of holes in the yard or jumping on strangers. The extreme cases can be horrific and lead to people or other dogs getting seriously hurt. ...…
 
Does life with your difficult dog frustrate you? Are you feeling stressed out or overwhelmed by their behaviour? Does it feel like there’s no end in sight? Never fear! Brilliant Partner and recurring podcast guest Sue Mimm is joining Kathy on the show today to talk about how she went from dreading her days with her difficult dog, to loving ever ...…
 
Do you have hard days? Well, there are things you can do to make it through those days and come out the other side ready, able, passionate and excited to live life with your dogs! Have you ever noticed that a dog has the ability to show us how to enjoy life? They’re so good at brushing off the small stuff, living in the moment and having fun! I ...…
 
Hello friend! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, and Kathy is here to tell you all about it! Unexpected issues and life happening all over the place caused her usual sense of calm to bubble over and lead to a bit of a meltdown. Luckily, Kathy is a master of calm and it took her no time at all to find it again, and get back to living her best li ...…
 
Do you really need your dog to sit and perform for their cookies? Do you truly want your dog to lie down in a specific place all of the time? Or is there something else that is more appropriate, and more aligned with a partnership lifestyle? Ok, so today is a little bit of a rant episode about what we truly want from our dogs! Are we actually g ...…
 
Are you ready to become a Brilliant Partner to your dog? To expand into the best human you could possibly be? In this episode, Kathy leads you through a series of very specific exercises to help you blossom into the best possible version of yourself for the benefit of you, everyone around you, and of course: your dogs! The breed of your dog doe ...…
 
Judgement is a slippery slope when it comes to holding ourselves and our dogs back! We misjudge ourselves, we misjudge our dogs and we lock ourselves in Judgement Jail all the time. Never Fear! Kathy is here with 3 different keys to unlock those doors and let you out! On top of that, she’s handing the keys over to you so that you can use your “ ...…
 
If you consider yourself to be a savvy, dog-centric individual, then this episode will definitely resonate with you! It can be extremely disheartening and frustrating when we’re constantly finding ourselves in situations that are making us and our dogs upset! So what do we do about it? What is this big life changing secret that will make our li ...…
 
There are a lot of factors at play when it comes to being resilient. Things like genetics, your environment, your level of activity and how often you get outside can greatly impact your response to ugly situations. Now if this is true for you, imagine how true it is for your dog! The exact same thing applies to them as well! Our socially intell ...…
 
Dogs are masters of meditation. It sounds crazy, but it’s 100% true! Our dogs live in a constant state of presence, and rarely (if ever) allow mind drama to cloud their judgement. If we can learn anything from our furry friends, it’s to slow down and take in the moment. In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy takes us along for a walk wit ...…
 
Why can’t my dog walk on leash? How can I keep my dog off of the furniture? Why doesn’t my dog listen to me? Does any of this sound familiar? A lot of dog lovers go through these moments! you're not alone, and you might be a little surprised at Kathy’s solutions to these common issues! Behaviour is communication, and these rebellious actions ar ...…
 
The safe, calm and happy storm continues on this week’s episode of Enlightened By Dogs! Kathy is loving the topic, and has decided to go deeper into the way we think about it and how badly we resist when we’re first exposed to new things! Why do we automatically dismiss things that could be so helpful to us? Why do we find reasons to keep doing ...…
 
Safe, calm and happy. Last week’s talk with Sue Mimm brought up the idea that the more time we spend safe, calm and happy, the safer, calmer and happier we’ll be! It sounds simple and logical enough, so why are we in a constant battle with ourselves and our dogs to be happy? Kathy takes us deeper into the topic this week, and sheds light on a f ...…
 
Have you ever wondered about the science behind what we do as brilliant partners? We strive to live in harmony with our dogs, and do our best to create an environment that’s safe, calm and happy for them! Today Kathy welcomes Sue Mimm to Enlightened By Dogs to discuss the intriguing Polyvagal Theory. Introduced by Dr. Stephen Porges in 1994, th ...…
 
When Kathy heard about Maya, she felt compelled to see what this little Border Collie was all about. Maya needed a home to call her own with someone who could communicate on her level. She found that home, and that person with Kathy. She also found a bunch of other dog friends, and some interesting reactions to them! Maya’s story is one filled ...…
 
What does your dog want more than anything else in the world? Even though we’re completely different species, there are some core things we have in common with our dogs. While we want the same things out of life for the most part, the trick lies in being able to communicate those things to one another. Often, we see our dogs effort to communica ...…
 
Trials and competitions with our dogs can be really exhilarating and exciting events! But, a great many of us make big mistakes while preparing for the big day! With so much pressure mounting as the trial approaches, we as dog lovers tend to take an ambitious approach to the whole process, but what if that’s putting a strain on the relationship ...…
 
Are we forcing our dogs into our crazy, overwhelmed, stressed out lifestyle instead of letting them do what they do best? Dogs are in our lives for a very important reason: They’re our friends. They’re here to enjoy our company and share precious moments with us. They’re great at having fun, relaxing, and adventuring, and they love to include u ...…
 
Ever wondered who is responsible for your partnership? What does a brilliant partnership look like? That’s exactly what Kathy discusses in this episode of Enlightened by Dogs. Habits can be hard to break and our host recommends we break them fast as to not allow unwanted behavior or habits to continue. We have to stop putting our dogs in the po ...…
 
Did you know the smaller baby steps you take the quicker you are to attain your goals? In this episode Kathy discusses the comfort zone that exists for us and our dogs. We can learn how to be good role models, loving leaders who are able to set appropriate boundaries. When we do this our dogs are much happier and blossom. When we take huge step ...…
 
Have you noticed that you and your dog(s) need a bit of a stress reset? What does relaxed and happy look like in our everyday life? In this episode, Kathy shares how to identify where you and your dog are happy, what increases your stress, and the importance of living in the safe, calm, happy zone. Making sure our needs are met, as well as our ...…
 
Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast hosted by the passionate and informative Kathy Kawalec. Each week Kathy will bring great stories, tips, and strategies to help you build a better relationship with your dog. Dogs are socially intelligent parts of our family group and so we must treat them as such. In this episode, Kathy tackles the imp ...…
 
Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast hosted by Kathy Kawalec. This host is very passionate and has a heart of gold. During this weekly podcast about dogs and dog enthusiasts, you will hear great tips and strategies on how to carry out a brilliant partnership with your dog. In this episode, Kathy plays a clip from the Partnership Workshop ...…
 
Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast hosted by Kathy Kawalec. During this episode, Kathy presents a segment of an interview with one of the member’s of Brilliant Partners Academy, Kelly. Kelly’s dog, Merle was an extremely reactive dog and in this interview, Kelly and Kathy describe how the partnership approach was administered and worked ...…
 
Leadership, in the positive dog training world, is the most misunderstood concept of all ... to the detriment of our dogs Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast hosted by Kathy Kawalec. This weekly podcast about dogs focuses on our partnerships and relationships with our dogs as emotional, intelligent beings who are part of our family group ...…
 
Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast hosted by the illuminating Kathy Kawalec. Enlightened by Dogs focuses on the human-dog connection and our becoming partners with our dogs. You will be given strategies that will inspire you. In this episode Kathy speaks with a good friend Deb Bauer regarding trust and trustworthiness. Deb is an amazing ...…
 
Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs Podcast hosted by Kathy Kawalec. This is a podcasts about dogs that focuses on the human-dog connection and working together through partnership. In this episode Kathy discusses listening--receiving information from our dogs. Listen for strategies that will inspire. If you’ve had the thought that your dog is s ...…
 
Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast hosted by Kathy Kawalec. This dog podcast is all about the human-dog connection and partnership we share with our dogs. In this episode, Kathy has a very special guest, Sue who is a dog behaviorist. When Sue adopted Charlie, a rescue dog, and saw his behavior issues, she realized she needed to have mor ...…
 
Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast with Kathy Kawalec. In this episode, Kathy shares some difficult lessons she dealt with in the area of distractions with her own dogs. (Building upon last weeks lesson, which you can listen to here.) She gives a small back story regarding difficult trialing and fielding with young dogs who are not typi ...…
 
Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast. In this episode, Kathy discusses the issue of our dogs being distracted, unfocused, and failing to listen. It is frustrating and difficult when we encounter this behavioral concern, but it is a common problem and you are not alone. Kathy compares the difficulty level of humans to keep focused. Typical ...…
 
In this episode, Kathy discusses the issue of our dogs running the fence line, barking frantically. Kathy shares a clip of one of her coaching sessions, from her Brilliant Partners Academy program, with Claire who struggled with her dog lunging, running and barking along the fence line at the neighbor’s dog. She talks about the disconnection be ...…
 
In this episode, Kathy explains how being trapped in the house because of extreme winter or summer can strengthen the bond between you and your dog. It is also the perfect teaching opportunity to work with your dogs’ impulse control. What does this mean? It means taking a mindful and calm attentive responsiveness to our relationships with our d ...…
 
There is no one on this planet who knows how important a dog is in your life like dog enthusiast Kathy Kawalec of the Enlightened by Dogs Podcast. Just like you, Kathy sees a kindred spirit, a sentient being, a heart and a soul when she looks into the eyes of a dog. Our host makes no bones about her opinion that partnership with our dogs is muc ...…
 
Kathy starts out this episode with a personal thanks to listener CarolC64 who left a rating and heartfelt comment on the last episode. Our host reminds us that any person who rates or comments can be featured on future episodes as a shout out! In this episode of Enlightened by Dogs podcast Kathy gets passionate and serious about the biggest myt ...…
 
Sweet and soulful Kathy Kawalec, Dog Lover Extraordinaire, wants you to have the best relationship possible with your dog and she is here to help! Kathy appreciates her followers by answering their questions, providing goodies, and giving personal on-air thanks! She wants all trainers, dog owners, anyone who spends an abundant amount of time in ...…
 
Does your distracted or reactive dog make you absolutely crazy sometimes? Distracted and Reactive dogs often behave in a way that makes us nervous or afraid ... and unable to go places where there are other dogs ... or unable to trust our dogs off leash. Do you find yourself getting frustrated with the way they behave? Well, you’re not alone, a ...…
 
There’s a common mistake that we make with our dogs and it involves attention seeking behaviours and separation anxiety! Tag along on this episode and listen in to a question and answer session Kathy hosted with her Brilliant Partners Academy members! Kathy covers obsessive and compulsive attention seeking behaviours, and what to do when you ha ...…
 
Dreaming big, being consistent and taking action toward your goals are just some of the things that successful people do, but it’s not the complete picture! Kathy is sharing her EXACT formula that she and her dog used to be standing at the post as a National Sheep Dog finalist, 1 of the top dog teams in North America. There are 5 steps to take ...…
 
It’s the time of year when Kathy reflects on the days that have passed, and looks to the future to make it even brighter and more enjoyable. She’s got something big in the works for a small group of people in 2019, and is giving us a sneak peek at what it’s going to be! Kathy also gives us the framework to having a great life in this episode. N ...…
 
Mental Clutter, limiting beliefs and the power of the conscious mind are today’s big topics on Enlightened By Dogs! Kathy knows exactly what happens when you allow mental clutter to build up, and she wants to help you clear it out! In this episode, Kathy shares her wisdom and insight surrounding thoughts that can hold you back, make you unhappy ...…
 
There is a way to accelerate your dog training goals, and it’s easier than you may think! Being grateful for what we already have and where we are right now in the journey can make the process of moving forward a lot more enjoyable (and faster!) but there are also a few little things that I’m excited to share with you about how to accelerate yo ...…
 
If we’re not willing to laugh at ourselves sometimes, things won’t be that great! In this episode I confess that I taught my dog to pee in the house! It wasn’t done purposefully, and it took an alarming amount of attempts from Sue to show me the error of my ways! What I thought was a loving glance from my beautiful dog, and a connection we shre ...…
 
If you have a dog, there’s a chance you enjoy both the companionship, and the challenges. But what happens when you encounter obstacles that threaten happiness for the both of you? In this episode Kathy is sharing her tips and insights on how to create a deeply happy and thriving partnership with your dogs In This Episode Collaborating with you ...…
 
More and more listeners are tuning in to the show! As a thank you, Kathy is sharing her gratitude practice with you. It’s been proven that gratitude is shown to have a positive impact psychologically, socially and physiologically, and so there are perks to putting a gratitude practice into action. Especially when it can create a great relations ...…
 
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