Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD262 [ENCORE] Hope for Reactive Dog Moms: 4 Remarkable Stories

If you’ve been struggling with understanding your dog and feeling uncertain about knowing what the right thing to do is,  I have got an episode for you! We’re featuring dog moms, my amazing and brilliant students who had the same questions as you, the same struggles as some of you, and the same worry, overwhelm, frustration, disappointment as many of us feel, at least at times. 

What I love about my students’ stories is that they really paint a picture of what is possible and what it looks like to go from struggling, to feeling happy and enjoying life with their dogs.

And I have a feeling that you’re going to be inspired and more confident about creating a heart centered life of partnership, connection, and cooperation with your dog. 

So, if you sometimes struggle as you try to understand your dog and create a meaningful connection with them … I want you to know that you’re not alone.

Many dog moms before you have struggled with confidence in the fact that they are doing right by their dogs. Naturally, once these feelings creep in, it becomes even harder to establish that incredible bond with their dogs.

In this episode of the Enlightened by Dogs podcast, Kathy shares the testimonies of four different dog moms, who describe a range of different struggles and circumstances that mirror what most dog moms out there are braving through every day. It’s wonderful to see the transition from a place of little to no confidence up to the point where everything turned around for the better.

Key Takeaways:

  • How BPA dog mom Sandra Chilton and rough collie Nigella transitioned from anxiety to a confident partnership
  • What it took for Alicia Martin to rebuild trust with her dachshund, Joey
  • Marika Bertram’s transition from traditional dog training to a partnership mindset
  • Ros Swallow’s path to a less reactive partnership with her dogs

Memorable Quotes:

“The key thing is to focus on what’s easy — loving the dog that you’ve got, not the dog that you perceived you’d get.” – Sandra Chilton

“The power to change habits starts with us first, not with our dogs — it starts with us being aware, present, prepared, and also being okay if that plan doesn’t work.” – Marika Bertram

“You’re not alone in your worry, overwhelm, frustration, or disappointment over your dog. Be inspired by what is possible with partnership from other dog moms that have turned life around with their difficult dogs.” Kathy Kawalec

“If you sometimes struggle as you try to understand your dog and create a meaningful connection with them … I want you to know that you’re not alone.” Kathy Kawalec


Become a calm and confident Dog Mom with a cooperative, happy dog … without obedience training, relying on treats or arousing games, or corrections of any type.

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