Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD289 Life Lessons from Our Dogs: Remembering What Really Matters

Sometimes, in the hustle of dog sports and the pursuit of the ‘perfectly trained’ dog, we might lose sight of why we welcomed these loving creatures into our lives in the first place. This episode is a gentle nudge to step back and cherish the unconditional love, companionship, and personal growth our dogs bring to us every single day.

In this episode, Kathy shares a heart-to-heart talk about the deep and enriching bond we share with our dogs and a reminder of what’s truly important in our lives together.

In our lives with dogs, the essence of our bond goes far beyond ribbons, titles, or the quest for a ‘perfect’ pet. It’s about the unconditional love, the laughter over their quirky habits, and the lessons they teach us about being present and patient. These moments of connection remind us to appreciate the now, to meet our dogs and ourselves exactly where we are – perfectly imperfect.

And while it’s important to have dreams and goals, it’s just as crucial to remember that the journey with our dogs shouldn’t be clouded by undue stress or unrealistic expectations. Let’s take a step back from the pressures and cherish the unique, heartwarming journey we share with our furry friends.

Listen in and embrace your perfectly imperfect dog! 🎧💖

Key takeaways include:

  • Focus on the real reasons for sharing life with dogs, like unconditional love and companionship, rather than superficial achievements.
  • Accept both yourself and your dog as they are, celebrating imperfections and using daily interactions as opportunities for personal growth.
  • Avoid the stress of timelines and goals in dog training, focusing instead on the joy and journey of the relationship with your dog.


“One of my favorite quotes is by Stephen Covey and he says: ‘the main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.”

“So why do you have dogs in your life? That’s a question that I would really encourage all dog moms to ask themselves.”

“Dogs are these amazing beings that are outstanding in their ability to help us to learn how to be a better human.”

“One of the things that I think dogs do for us is that they present us with opportunities to be better versions of ourselves day after day after day.”


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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