Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD274 What If Your Dog’s Behavior Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means?

We often make unconscious decisions about what our dog’s unwanted behavior means, and then jump to conclusions and take actions based on those assumptions. But what if their behavior doesn’t mean what we think it means?

In today’s episode, we’re going to take a look at why dogs behave in certain ways, and how we commonly respond to those behaviors, without even thinking much about it.

When you have greater clarity and a deeper understanding of what your dog does, why they do it, and how they respond to you, it helps plant seeds of trust – and all it takes is a perspective shift.

Kathy guides you through the common behaviors (and misunderstandings) through the lens of the Five Dog Personality Types, along with suggestions for reframes and a fresh perspective that will build more trust and cooperation between you and your dog!

In this episode:

  • What negative thoughts are common for each personality type
  • How understanding your dog’s personality can help you reframe your thoughts
  • New thinking that leads to more trust and cooperation with your dog
  • Three journal prompts to help you start reframing

Memorable Quotes:

“Recognizing that your dog has unique personality traits and quirks that express through their behavior is a crucial step to building a trusting, cooperative partnership with your dog.”

“When you have greater clarity and a deeper understanding of what your dog does, why they do it, and how they are likely to respond, it opens the door to a whole new world of connection and cooperation between you and your dog.”

“Reframing how you think about your dog’s ‘difficult’ behavior will lead to growing trust rather than leaking it.”

“If your dog’s behavior seems difficult and uncooperative, it may feel like your dog is deliberately giving you a hard time. But the truth is, your dog is having a hard time too.”

Mentioned in this episode:

TED Talk by Yifat Susskind

Episode 81 of the Enlightened By Dogs podcast

Episode  94 of the Enlightened By Dogs Podcast


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