Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD076 Why An Invitation vs A Trained Cue?

How an invitation can open the pathway to true connectivity with your dog

What is an invitation as it relates to us and our dogs? What defines an invite? How does inviting your dog to engage with you differ from giving a trained cue, and why does it matter so much?

These are just some of the questions that surface during Kathy’s weekend long Brilliant Partners Live Workshop. Since they were such good questions, and inspire deep thought, Kathy decided to share her thoughts and responses with you on this episode of Enlightened By Dogs!

A Brilliant Partner’s goal is to live a lifestyle dripping with fun, respect, connection and love, so find out how to get the love lava flowing, and create true connectivity with your furry friend!

Click play and learn all about the differences between a loving invitation, and a trained cue, and why one is definitely more effective than the other!

In This Episode:

  • How does an invitation open the pathway to connection?
  • Why are we extending an invitation in the first place?
  • What is love lava, and how do we get it flowing?
  • What does an invitation look like, and how do we extend one?


“By itself, the very act of inviting opens the pathway to connection.”

“As social animals, we have a very strong and hard wired need to feel like we belong.”

“Extending an invitation to our dog fulfills that deep social need.”

“Our personal space certainly extends way beyond our physical body and so does our dogs personal space.”

“Intention is a big part of what we do and how we live.”

Episodes Mentioned in the show!

Episode 73 Giving your dog the freedom to say no


Episode 55 The Science of Safety with Sue Mimm


Episode 56 The Arousal Protocol for Dogs


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