Enlightened by Dogs Podcast

EBD242: What To Do When Other People’s Dogs Make it Hard for Your Dog

As dog moms, we are committed to keeping our dogs safe, calm, and happy…but what about when someone does something  that makes that really, really hard for your dog?

Loose dogs, fence running dogs, over-enthusiastic dogs, dogs that don’t give us enough space, and dogs that are allowed to be unruly and disrespectful in a way that challenges our dog … certainly all experiences that we are likely to encounter.

When those things happen, we have thoughts about that dog and their person, right? That’s normal. But, what if your thoughts initiate a reactivity spiral, and what if your thoughts are causing you and your dog to feel even worse than before?

We may not be able to control what other people (or their dogs) do … but we CAN get a grip on how we handle it.

In this episode of Enlightened by Dogs, Kathy talks about the Thought Reframe Protocol that will rescue you from any of these situations with a few steps to follow.

She will also discuss in detail why you need to identify and decide to change your thoughts that are not serving you, plan for a new thought that is aligned with your vision for your life with your dog, and so much more!

In this episode:

  • What to do about other people and their dogs
  • The challenge to manage our own thoughts about ourselves
  • Reframe your thoughts about others so that you can better help your dog
  • Kathy’s  6-Step Thought Reframe Protocol


“And the really cool thing is that this thought work is going to help you and your dog to connect, to bond, and to feel safe, calm, and happy a whole lot more often.”

“Identify and decide to change a thought that is not serving the future you are creating.”

“Tell your brain to notify your consciousness when you have that thought so that’s activating your RAS or Reticular Activating System.”

“Plan for a new thought… A new thought that is reframed into one that aligns with your vision for the life that you want to have with your dog.


Become a calm and confident Dog Mom with a cooperative, happy dog … without obedience training, or relying on treats or arousing games, or corrections of any type.

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