How Gratitude Can Accelerate Your Dog Training Goals

  In Part 1, I shared 5 tips for using gratitude to create a better relationship with your dog and reach your dreams. Now, in Part 2, I’ll share some advanced gratitude strategies to accelerate your progress! Gratitude and Goals in Harmony … While it seems that being grateful for who we are and what […]

One Dog’s Transformation from Trash to Treasure

  When I adopted Maya, she had been labeled as ‘untrainable’ by her 3 previous homes, and was ready to be put down because of it. You may know my sweet and sassy Maya…or you may know of her story. She is quite a gal, with a jaded history. 😉 She was kicked out of […]

Do You Say This to Your Dog?

Dog rearing and child raising have similarities

I’m pretty sure that when I say that I can relate the child raising struggles my young niece has to the struggles I have with my dogs, that she politely waits until my back is turned and then rolls her eyes. But, it’s true. I can’t help but see the parallels between child raising and […]

Maya’s Journey of Transformation

Kathy Kawalec's Maya captured in a painting by Bev Gross

Another Story of Transformation I Want to Share with You. You may know my sweet and sassy Maya…or you may know of her story. She is quite a gal, with a jaded history. 😉 She was kicked out of 3 homes, and stood on death’s door because of her impossible behavior. She was labeled ‘untrainable’, […]

Dog Training Partnership that Rocks!

The Foundation Formula - Kathy Kawalec's Dogs

I just have a quick announcement for you today.  A new video of me and my dogs. As I put this quick video together today, I am reminded of how much I LOVE the partnerships I have with each of my dogs. My heart fills with gratitude and love just thinking about it. You can […]

One of my most painful mistakes and what I learned

Kathy Kawalec's Haley

If you’re anything like me and most of my students and clients, your dog is a core part of your life…and you do, or would like to do, lots of fun things with your dog. You dream of enjoying the benefits of having a happy, friendly dog in your life…a dog that you can take […]

Dog Games That Teach™: Frisbee

Kathy Kawalec's Dogs play and wait for their turn

Teaching dogs can and should be FUN! Most of us have dogs that don’t ‘work’ for a living, that means they have lots of free time and energy to burn. Especially when the outside conditions aren’t safe for playing long enough to burn that energy. One of my favorite ways of burning off that energy […]

Dirty Secrets Revealed: Confessions of a Professional Dog Trainer

Sue at 5 weeks old.

Or: How I (almost) Wrecked My Dogs… There’s one thing that I’ve learned from all of my years of living with and training dogs that stands head and shoulders above the rest: If you don’t have a good sense of humor, you might as well just throw in the towel and live a boring and […]

The Long, Hard Road to Dog Training Success.

Fleck, a close up

Dreams and Transformations. Love Stories, really. Sometimes things aren’t what they seem, you know? Sometimes it feels like there’s not much happening, like time is standing still and we’re in the same place we’ve always been. Then, one day our life is completely changed. The thing we thought we might never get to is right […]

Dog Walking Nightmare Transformed

Bailey smiling.

Heidi and Bailey: A Personal Story of Transformation Let’s Walk…Together! (this is a guest blog by Heidi Thorne) I am on the Board of the Friends of DuPage County Animal Care & Control, a foundation that supports the DuPage County animal shelter which receives no taxpayer funding. My friends at the shelter and on the […]