Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD266 [ENCORE] Reactive Rescue Dog Is The Best Teacher with Terri and Bella

This week, Kathy turns the spotlight on a member of the Brilliant Partners Academy. Terri joins this Enlightened By Dogs episode to tell the tale of her beloved Bella and their shared transformation.

Terri’s life was turned upside down when they decided to adopt Bella from the local shelter…and quickly found out that EVERYTHING over-aroused her. Bella’s intensity and reactivity made almost everything in life seem impossible and they got into a red zone spiral they couldn’t get out of. Terri was feeling angry, frustrated, embarrassed, and sad.

Today? Terri shares: “I never dreamed I would be hiking with BOTH of my dogs, enjoying nature without constantly scanning, and I love having the tools I learned in BPA to keep my little pack safe, calm, and happy!”

Every dog has different needs, personality types, and complexities, and the learning process never really ends. In this episode, Terri shares her experiences with Bella and what she’s learned from being a BPA member.

Terri adopted Bella from a shelter and found herself stuck in a red zone spiral. She would never have dreamed of one day enjoying hiking with her. But through her own insights and BPA learning processes, she has helped Bella develop into the calmer dog she is today.

Tune in to this heartwarming story, and be sure to take notes for your own transformation with your dog!

Key Takeaways:

  • How Terri learned to deeply listen to her dogs’ needs
  • Why sticking with BPA and the partnership lifestyle is crucial for Terri
  • Why remaining calm helps your dogs remain calm, and how to do that

Memorable Quotes:

“I have to tell myself not to get tense because if I’m tense, she’s tense. If I’m calm, she’s calm.”

“If we’re sitting on the couch and I take a deep breath, Bella takes a deep breath too. I know she can mirror me.”

“I praised Bella anytime she wanted to be beside me. I was like: “You’re just such a wonderful dog,” and I just let my heart flow out with her.”


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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