Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD055 The Science of Safety with Sue Mimm

How the science of safety and being Safe, Calm and Happy can strengthen your dog’s neural and emotional responses

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, the Polyvagal Theory surrounds the school of thought that we have different pathways through the brain which determines our response stress, anxiety and fearful situations. We dive deep into the science of safety.
Since dogs and humans are both highly socially intelligent, it makes a lot of sense that our dogs would experience the same kinds of things we do! They get anxious, nervous and fearful too, and their responses aren’t as obvious to us sometimes.
In this episode, Sue clues us in to some of the things we miss as dog lovers, and how the brain actually creates these responses in the first place! Tune in to find out if your dog is actually a problem, or if they’re just scared!

In This Episode:

  • Digging for new ways to help dogs deal with trauma.
  • The science of safety and the social engagement system
  • The three pathways of response, and how they show up in our dogs.
  • How to do the safe, calm and happy protocol, in order to strengthen neural and emotional responses.


“There’s a lot of research done into human behavior as far as trauma and anxiety, and we’re starting to learn more about how that applies to the animal kingdom.”

“We often miss the smaller signals that our dogs are sending us that they aren’t feeling safe.”

“Just because we might perceive something as not being dangerous, doesn’t mean that our dogs don’t perceive it as being dangerous”

“You are actually creating long term biological success by being safe, calm and happy”

About Sue Mimm

Sue Mimm earned her Diploma as an Austrian Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behaviour Therapist in 2018 and opened her dog training business called Heart Connection Dogs in Austria.

Sue’s life motto is “Question everything and never stop looking for answers”, which has led her to a lifetime of study and learning.

Sue is particularly passionate about helping people who have reactive and fearful dogs, especially those who have been rescued or rehomed, and takes a holistic approach to working with behaviour cases.

Get in touch with Sue at https://heartconnectiondogs.com

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