Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD263 [ENCORE] First Time Dog Mom with Adopted Reactive Dog Tells How She Turned Their Life Around

Living with a reactive dog can be a frustrating experience, and as a first-time dog mom, it can be an overwhelming and seriously confusing one as well.

In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy revisits a conversation she had with first-time dog mom Paulina Grzesinska-Mrozek.

Paulina was struggling with her dog Badi, who was very reactive to other dogs and people both in their apartment and on walks. Paulina struggled to understand Badi and couldn’t figure out why he always barked at other dogs, people and so many things. This caused Paulina to judge herself and to compare her dog with others, creating more frustration for both of them.

Today, their partnership is strong and built on trust and a mutual understanding. Hear about Paulina’s experiences and how she used the BPA partnership principles to achieve this transformation.

Key Takeaways:

  • How Paulina initially struggled to understand Badi’s needs
  • How Paulina and Badi have transformed their partnership together
  • The partnership principles that Paulina found most useful
  • How Paulina and Badi became role models for each other

Memorable Quotes:

“BPA had a big impact on me understanding Badi’s behaviors. Now when I just look at him, I know what he wants to communicate.”

“Now I understand him so much better. I learned how to listen to him.”

“I’m learning how to actually be there with him. When I catch myself going somewhere with my thoughts, I’m like, no, no, no, don’t worry about other stuff, you are here and now.”

“Our dogs are such great teachers if we just pay attention”

“The partnership lifestyle is like literally the best thing”

“I’m so grateful for all the lessons that he’s giving me, even though the beginning was super hard”

“I’m sometimes role modeling for him, but there are times when he’s role modeling for me”


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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