Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD 277 Breaking Free of Reactivity: The Transformative Power of Changing Our Thoughts

At the heart of every reactive behavior our dogs display is a stress spiral – a chain of emotions and misunderstandings. As dog moms, we often face challenges, especially when confronted with the seeming unpredictability of our dogs’ reactions. But what if the key to resolving these reactions isn’t in training your dog, but in retraining your brain?

We explore the powerful concept that taking responsibility for our own thoughts, especially during difficult experiences, can drastically change the dynamic with our dogs. The reactivity spiral isn’t just about your dog’s actions; it’s a two-way street, influenced as much by your dog’s behavior as by your own reactions. When we become more aware of our responses, we can start to influence the outcome, breaking free from the cycle that damages trust and confidence.

This shift in perspective and approach not only nurtures a deeper bond but also helps in fostering an environment where our dogs can thrive, free from reactivity and full of confidence.

Tune in to hear all about this and more, as Kathy guides you through her protocol.

3 Key Takeaways From This Episode:

  • The reactivity spiral in dogs is heavily influenced by our own thoughts and reactions during challenging moments.
  • Taking responsibility for our own mindset can change the dynamic of our relationship, breaking the chain of negative reactions.
  • Building trust and confidence with our dogs begins with self-awareness and a commitment to positive change.

Memorable Quotes:

“Change your response to change their response. Break free from the reactivity spiral and watch trust and confidence bloom with your dog.”

“When we change our perspective, we don’t just see our dogs differently; they begin to see the world differently too.”

“What we choose to think and feel about an experience deeply influences how we react, creating a spiral that can either uplift or degrade our bond with our dogs.”

“Dogs don’t just hear what we say; they feel what we feel.”


Become a calm and confident Dog Mom with a cooperative, happy dog … without obedience training, relying on treats or arousing games, or corrections of any type.

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