Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD300 Reactivity in Dogs: Redefining the Narrative

This episode unfolds a compassionate and insightful exploration into what reactivity in dogs truly means, advocating for a profound shift in our understanding and response to it. 

Kathy introduces listeners to a reimagined definition of reactivity, rooted in the complexities of canine communication and the frequent misunderstandings that arise when these communications go unheard or unheeded. 

It challenges the common definition of reactivity—behavior that is inappropriately out of proportion to a situation—by suggesting that what is often seen as reactive behavior is actually a sign of high intelligence, sensitivity, and confusion in dogs. 

Key takeaways from this episode include:

  • Kathy challenges traditional views on reactivity, advocating for a definition that acknowledges it as a complex expression of unmet needs and emotions, rather than a straightforward behavioral issue to be trained away.
  • The profound connection we have with our dogs is the very thing that pulls us both into the Reactivity Spiral. 
  • A shift from a one-size-fits-all obedience training approach to a more compassionate, understanding method that nurtures each dog’s unique potential.
  • The episode discusses why some dogs are reactive and others are not, pointing out that differences in individual sensitivities, needs, and upbringing can lead to varying behaviors. 


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