Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD271 Changing Your Dog by Changing Your Thinking

All behavior is communication, so how your dog responds to you (or doesn’t respond to you) is how they are trying to tell you how they feel in the moment. 

When your dog seemingly refuses to listen to you, it can be really frustrating. Sometimes, it can even feel like your dog isn’t listening to you on purpose, which makes you even more frustrated. 

Thankfully, Kathy knows just what you need to do to change your story from ‘my dog won’t listen’ to ‘my dog loves to listen’!

Now, the answer might not be what you expected!

To get your dog to listen to you, first, you’ve got to listen to your dog. 

Tune in for all the details in this insightful episode!

In this episode:

  • The real reason why your dog won’t listen to you
  • How to reframe your thoughts about your dog’s listening
  • Why role modeling can help you guide behavior
  • How to create a plan for when you feel that your dog isn’t listening to you

Memorable Quotes:

“When you believe that your dog is not listening, I would invite you to reframe that into: my dog has a need that isn’t being met.”

“We can teach our dogs how to communicate without escalating their behavior by listening to them in a different way.”

“If we’re going to step up as a trusted guide and role model for our dogs, then we’ve got to figure out a different way to be in the moment when they need us the most.”


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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