Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD042 The REAL Lessons from Distracted Dogs

We can receive many gifts when we listen to our distracted dogs

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 about distracted dogs, which you can listen to here.)

She gives a small back story regarding difficult trialing with her own young dogs at a sheepdog herding trial. Kathy shares a personal experience that ultimately strengthened the bond of partnership between Kathy and her dogs.

As Kathy likes to say, she was unexpectedly thrown into a ‘learning opportunity’ with lots of valuable lessons. Distracted dogs give us so much feedback! Even though the story setting is herding, replace your own sport/activity as you listen.

Listen to this episode to hear all about these lessons.

Listen to discover more about the lessons and solutions Kathy discusses:

  1. Listening can be hard, even for very good listeners
  2. Know when to get off the field and how to do it
  3. Integrity, good sportsmanship, and good examples


“I had not done a good job at teaching my dogs to listen to me when they’re in the midst of very challenging work.”

“I could look back at the issues we experienced at that trial, and see those same issues showed up at home, retrospectively.”

“What a blessing that our dogs keep allowing us another chance and another chance to get it right.”

“I know I’m a work in progress. I know that I’m a learner. So I forgive myself and move forward.”

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