EBD157 Extreme Behavior to Partnership with Stella Murrell

When it comes to extreme dog behavior, it can feel like you’ve tried just about everything, and nothing seems to work.

A reactive dog can put a huge strain on your relationships with your beloved pets. It can significantly impact the quality of a dog’s life as well as your own.

Traditional training is what many people turn to. But if that doesn’t work, what next?

The truth is, helping your dog isn’t about forcing them to act differently. It’s about opening your mind and looking at it from a different perspective.

Stella Murrell and her dog, Henna, came to the Brilliant Partners Academy (BPA) around 18 months ago looking for a solution. Henna was a young dog with a series of physical and mental difficulties that were impacting her and Stella’s partnership.

In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy chats to Stella about her journey towards building a strong partnership with Henna. Stella and Henna are a fantastic success story and highlight why striving for a partnership lifestyle is so worth it.

In this episode:

  • What Stella and Henna’s relationship looked like before BPA
  • The different steps and tactics Stella tried
  • How the Brilliant Partners Academy transformed the way Stella interacted with Henna
  • What their strong and loving partnership looks like now

Read the blog post on this topic.


“I’d been trying to turn her into another dog. I just couldn’t accept her. And once I did accept her, then everything changed.”

“I was quite dismayed the first time I went to a trainer. She said, ‘You need to give this dog a very firm hand.’ That was the exact opposite of what was needed.”

“People stop me in the street and say, ‘Is that the same dog?’”

“The biggest gift that you can give to your dog is partnership and communication.”


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