Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD195 Understanding Your Dog’s Personality, Their Quirks and Sensitivities Unleashes Their Cooperation. Here’s How.

EBD195 Understanding Your Dog's Personality, Their Quirks and Sensitivities Unleashes Their Cooperation. Here's How.

Every dog is unique.

But one of the common myths out there is that all dogs are more or less alike, and with the right obedience training, they’ll get their acts together, become more well-behaved and compliant.

What this mindset does is set us up for a world of disappointment because it turns out that “real-life behavior” is nothing like what happens at the training class. So, we end up believing there’s something wrong with us, our dogs, or both.

That’s why in this episode of Enlightened by Dogs, Kathy discusses the five different dog personality types — superpowers, quirks, and all. She goes on to explain how forcing our dogs into compliance could end up giving them a hard time, which in turn gives us a hard time. At the end of the day, the remedy is more clarity and lots of understanding.

In this episode:

  • Why a one-size-fits-all training approach causes a leak in trust and confidence
  • The common dog personality quirks, sensitivities, and traits
  • Kathy introduces her Love, Trust, Grow challenge


“To start to shift our perspective and our mindset — which is what leads to having more trust, confidence, and cooperation — let’s add a layer to understanding our dogs more wholeheartedly.”

“Your dog’s personality is expressed primarily as one type. That said, it’s common to see a strong secondary personality type that expresses regularly.”

“When we indulge in repeating unhelpful thoughts, they trigger our own defense system, and that makes us frustrated, impatient, anxious, and even reactive, so let’s not do that.”

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