Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD093 Why Your Reactive or Anxious Dog Doesn’t Trust You

Do you have a reactive or anxious dog?

If your dog is reactive to triggers like other dogs, it can be really frustrating for both you and your dog. Your dog may feel fearful, worried or anxious about a certain situation, while you’re trying your best to support and help them. Yet, nothing you try is working and it seems like their reactivity is getting worse instead of better.

Kathy has seen this happen time and time again. But, there’s a reason why your reactive, hypersensitive, distracted, fearful, worried or anxious dog doesn’t trust you.

In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy reveals why trust and confidence has leaked from your relationship with your dog. She also helps you to turn things around and rebuild the trust between you and your best friend, and it all starts by asking yourself three simple questions…

In This Episode:

  • The problem with common approaches to reactive dogs
  • Why you need to be a loving leader for your dog
  • How dogs learn through the role modeling of those around them
  • Three clarity questions to ask yourself before following through with an activity with your dog

Read the blog post on this topic.


“It’s really natural for dogs, as socially intelligent animals, to learn through our role modeling”

“It’s really up to us to take responsibility for being the kind of human that our dogs love to follow, love to listen to and love to partner with.”

“The longer you keep that faucet open, the worse condition your relationship becomes.”

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2 Responses

  1. I recently adopted a 10 yr old Yorkie who is sweet as can be and easily trainable but outside is very aggressive to other dogs. Nothing I do stops her growling barking, lunging. However yesterday visited neighbour and after sniffing her dog was quiet and then ignored her.

    Later took her for a walk and first dog that came into vicinity became aggressive.

    She is good on leash and heels.

    Am at wit’s end.

    At wit’s end.

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