Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD296 Are Your Subconscious Beliefs Impacting Your Dog’s Behavior?

In this episode, Kathy discusses the profound impact our subconscious beliefs can have on our dogs’ behavior, drawing on the concept of the Pygmalion Effect or Self-fulfilling Prophecy. 

Common frustrations and challenges dog moms face, like reactivity, over-excitement, and disobedience, can be transformed by starting with a shift from judgment to understanding and support.  Negative beliefs about our dogs can create a challenging loop of behavior that spirals into meltdowns or shutdowns, while positive perceptions can lead to more harmonious interactions. 

Kathy’s message is clear: when dog moms believe in cooperation, they create an environment where both they and their dogs can thrive.

Key takeaways:

  • Our subconscious beliefs about our dogs can significantly shape their behavior, illustrating the Pygmalion Effect.
  • Viewing dogs’ behaviors as forms of communication encourages a more empathetic and effective response to their needs.
  • Changing our perception from seeing our dogs as problematic to understanding their actions can transform our relationship with them.
  • Accepting and loving our dogs as they are can lead to significant positive changes in their behavior and our relationship with them.


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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