Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD269 The Benefits of Co-Regulation with Dogs

We’re making it real with this episode!  It’s when we step into our place as trustworthy role models and loving leaders that our relationship with our dog truly blossoms.

When we and our dogs are feeling safe, calm, and happy – Kathy calls that ‘being in the green zone’ – then we are able to connect, make better choices, and interrupt the behavior spiral of stress that no one wants.

As Kathy emphasizes in this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, we need to move away from the desensitizing, counter-conditioning mindset of dog training that is so embedded in our culture and focus on the human-dog connection that leads to natural cooperation.

In this episode:

  • Co-regulation is the key to strong relationships and helps to achieve a state of safety and connection.
  • Reacting mindlessly to emotions can lead to being stuck in survival mode, so it is important to stay in the green zone.
  • The Autonomic Nervous System plays an important role in creating trust.

Memorable Quotes:

“What greater joy is there than walking with your dog, enjoying nature. Watching your dog sniff and roll and see the light in their eyes and their tongues lolling out!”

“We’ve got the capacity, the capability and the responsibility to keep us and our dogs in the green zone.”

“Understanding co-regulation is essential and focusing on a trust-building partnership lifestyle is a great way to develop  between humans and dogs.”


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.

Here are some next steps:

One Response

  1. Thanks Kathy! This episode sums up co-regulation beautifully. I will surely be sharing this episode. WOW

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