Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD295 Leading with Love: Cultivating Cooperation with Dogs

In this insightful episode, Kathy delves into the nuanced topic of leadership in the context of a relationship with our dogs that cultivates natural cooperation. She emphasizes the importance of being a loving leader without resorting to dominance or obedience training. Kathy explains that true leadership is about guiding, listening, and fostering trust rather than commanding or exerting control. 

Kathy advocates for a leadership style that centers on making dogs feel safe, thereby cultivating trust and cooperation. This episode is not only a guide to better understanding dogs but also a reflection on the transformative power of empathy and kindness in leadership.

Tune in for Kathy’s strategies and personal experiences that will help you nurture a space where your dog feels secure, trusting and cooperative.

Key takeaways:

  • Leadership with our dogs should focus on guidance and cooperation, not dominance or obedience.
  • Listening and understanding to both human and canine needs are crucial for building trust and a sense of safety and security.
  • Observations from animal behavior research, such as in wolves and elephants, can inform effective and compassionate dog parenting strategies.
  • A loving leader influences the family’s tone, setting an example of calmness, decisiveness, and kindness.
  • Creating a safe and trusting environment is essential for fostering cooperation and reducing negative behaviors like hyper-vigilance and reactivity in 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.

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