Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD074 Common Mistakes with The Dance Invitation

The Dance Invitation: what it is and what it’s not!

Do you know about the dance invitation?  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 opportunities to give our dogs choices. Today, Kathy is furthering our education on the topic by sharing issues that can arise and common mistakes people make when first trying to invite their dogs to dance.

She’s giving us the most common Dance Invitation mishaps, and how to avoid falling into the same traps that other people do when trying to build a genuine connection and partnership with their dogs!

Kathy’s making sure that we don’t repeat history by misusing the dance invitation, or expecting it to be something that it truly isn’t meant to be. Not sure how to create that meaningful connection? Click play!

In This Episode:

  • Mistake #1: Using the dance invitation as if it’s a recall and expecting compliance.
  • Mistake #2: Using the dance invitation as if it’s a training exercise.
  • Mistake #3: Loving the end of the dance invitation but not loving the other parts.
  • Bonus Mistakes: Communication blunders that can mess the whole thing up!


“We are inviting our dogs to connect, we are extending an invitation to make a heart-to-heart connection.”

“We’re not expecting compliance when we extend an invitation.”

“Our hearts that are connected to one another. We can strengthen that connection.”

Check out Episode #73

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