Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD290 De-stressing: Working Together with Our Dogs for a Happier Life

Inspired by a Business Insider article on meditation’s impact on the human brain, Kathy ponders whether our stressful lives might be affecting our dogs more than we realize in this replayed episode. This leads her to question if our hectic lifestyles might also be changing our dogs’ brains, possibly increasing their stress and anxiety.

The strong bond we share with our dogs has been shaped by years of living together, and while our furry friends help reduce our stress, we might unknowingly be causing them stress. Kathy observes that many modern dogs seem over-aroused, anxious, and stressed, and seem to be mirroring our own overwhelming lives. 

By supporting our dogs’ natural way of living in the moment, and doing what they do best, we can enhance both their lives and ours. This heartwarming episode is a call to be more mindful of our impact on our canine companions and to embrace a lifestyle that benefits both humans and dogs.

Key takeaways include:

  • Mutual Influence: Our stress and lifestyle choices can significantly impact our dogs’ mental and emotional health.
  • Balanced Dog Activities: Dogs benefit from a mix of activities, with half being calming and relaxing to counteract stress.
  • Mindful Companionship: By allowing dogs to live in the moment and engage in natural behaviors, we can create a healthier, more fulfilling life for both ourselves and our furry friends.


“Our dogs are mirrors to our own lives – reflecting our stress and joy alike.”

“Just as meditation can reshape our brains for the better, our lifestyle choices can significantly influence the well-being of our dogs.”

“Our bond with our dogs is a dance of emotions; when we lead with calmness, they follow with harmony.”

“The peace we seek in our lives can often be found in the gentle gaze of our dogs, reminding us to slow down and breathe.”

“Our dogs teach us that happiness often lies in the peaceful moments, not in the chaos of our busy lives.”

“As we strive for balance in our hectic world, our dogs are our steadfast partners, guiding us back to peace and simplicity.”


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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