Episodes
Throughout her career, Kathy has been in many different social situations with her dogs. Whether out in public, at the vet, or on a long hike, these social interactions can pose a few problems when people want to say ‘hi’ to your dog or treat your dog in ways you wouldn’t usually. In these situations, it’s crucial to remain a calm, confident role model, stepping in as your dog’s voice to reassure them and provide them with comfort. In this episode of Enlightened by Dogs, Kathy shares two...
Published 08/08/22
Kathy has shared the stories of so many dogs she’s had the pleasure of knowing. But this week, she turns the spotlight on a member of the Brilliant Partners Academy. BPA member, Terri joins Enlightened By Dogs to tell the tale of her beloved Bella and what she’s learned during her time with her. Every dog has different needs, personality types, and complexities, and the learning process never really ends. In this episode, Terri shares her experiences with Bella and what she’s learned from...
Published 08/01/22
Kathy has used kindness, compassion and patience to form strong relationships with dogs for so many years. She has proven that even those that were deemed a “lost cause” can become attentive and loyal life partners. In this episode of Enlightened by Dogs, Kathy shares the story of Maya (aka Noodle). She takes us back to when Maya was seven months old and labeled “untrainable” by three families. Kathy oversaw Maya’s journey from a persistent dog who chased anything that moved to a responsive...
Published 07/25/22
Kathy has had the pleasure of building partnerships with all types of dogs. But sometimes, the most challenging relationships are the most rewarding. Each dog she has spent time with has contributed to the way she lives and works. And Phoenix is certainly no exception. In this Enlightened by Dogs episode, Kathy takes us back to the first moment she met the most challenging dog she’s ever known. Despite being controlling, excitable and highly sensitive, Phoenix was an incredible sheepdog and...
Published 07/18/22
Kathy’s partnerships with dogs have seen her experience laughter, joy, tears and heartache. But the overall emotion is pure love. A strong partnership with your dog means that love never falters. In this episode of Enlightened by Dogs, Kathy shares the story of Russell – the dog that taught her the meaning of true partnership. Kathy explains how she became Russell’s student and, eventually, his legacy, and shares heartfelt words she wrote after Russell’s sad passing back in 2011. Listen to...
Published 07/11/22
Sometimes, meeting a new dog with a new personality can make you question the methods you’ve tried over the years. Throughout her career, Kathy’s relationships with different dogs have seen her mindset and approach evolve time and time again. In this Enlightened by Dogs episode, Kathy takes us back around 30 years to the first time she met her long-term companion, Haley. This partnership opened Kathy’s eyes to finding new ways of building mutual trust with her dogs, and she explores how to...
Published 07/04/22
Kathy’s journey with her dogs over the years has taught her so much. They've been her friends, healers, and confidants in so many things. So, in this Enlightened by Dogs episode, she’s taking us back to where it all began. Kathy shares her experience with the first dog she lived alone with as an adult, Max. Losing him was the turning point that inspired her to explore a holistic approach to life. In this episode, Kathy explains holistic living and shares how she pivoted to a holistic...
Published 06/27/22
As dog parents, we all want what’s best for our dogs. We want them to live up to their full potential and lead rewarding lives within our partnerships. But sometimes, our wants and goals end up overshadowing the most important part of the equation…our dogs. The result? It becomes more of a struggle to reach our desired outcomes and create a beautiful partnership with our dogs. So, in this Enlightened by Dogs episode, Kathy invites us to really consider why we have dogs in our lives. She also...
Published 06/20/22
Most of our dogs are reactive when it comes to grooming, visiting the vet or other unavoidable tasks. The truth is that most of these aren’t the most pleasant activities for our dogs. But while we can’t blame our dogs for reacting, these are must-do tasks. We’ve got to find a way to carry them out so that our dogs are left safe, calm, and happy in the end. That’s where consent comes in. In this Enlightened by Dogs episode, Kathy explains how a shift in our intentions can change everything....
Published 06/13/22
Dog greetings are such an important part of our dogs’ socialization process. But guess what? It’s also one of those things we dog parents don’t always understand. While we’re all social beings, dogs approach greetings in a totally different way, and that’s what Kathy explores in the Enlightened by Dogs episode. She highlights the actions that count as greetings for dogs and discusses nine things to consider when facilitating dog greetings. Kathy also shares some insights from research...
Published 06/06/22
We often think our dogs are giving us a hard time, but we never stop and think… maybe they are having a hard time! What can we do to improve our relationships with our dogs and stop ourselves from thinking so negatively about them? Well, the answer lies in this episode of the Enlightened by Dogs podcast. Kathy explores some of the most common dog personality categories. She runs through a method of reframing your thought processes so you can avoid blaming your dogs when they aren’t behaving...
Published 05/30/22
As a dog mom, you probably have a clear picture of the life you want to create with your dog. And that’s amazing because the trick to creating your ideal life is visualizing it first. It only becomes an issue when we get stuck in that visualizing stage and neglect to start living that wonderful life in the here and now. That’s why in this episode, Kathy addresses some of the common myths and limiting beliefs that hold most dog moms back from creating the life they envision for themselves and...
Published 05/23/22
While the ultimate goal is to constantly be proactive, not reactive, when it comes to our dogs, the simple truth is that we’re only human. Stressful situations are part and parcel of everyday life, and we all succumb to them every now and then. That’s why this episode of Enlightened by Dogs is all about various ways we can recover quickly when we get into difficult situations with our dogs. It all starts from a place of understanding. Kathy explains the science behind what makes us feel...
Published 05/16/22
There’s a lot of information floating around about what’s right and wrong for our dogs. While some of it is accurate, the rest could ultimately slow you down on that journey towards a brilliant partnership. Kathy understands how easy it is to make mistakes that ultimately cost us down the road. So, in this episode of the Enlightened by Dogs podcast, she shares three things to avoid if you want to have a calm, cooperative, and connected dog. Kathy explains why exercise isn’t the best cure...
Published 05/09/22
Behavior is communication. Since our dogs can’t tell us what they want or how they feel, they bark, growl, or pull away – especially when they feel unheard. And once a dog feels unheard, their behavior escalates from a whisper to a shout. Since we want them to hear our whispers, it’s important that we learn to hear their whispers too. On this episode of Enlightened by Dogs, Kathy delves into different dog personality traits and how they can open your eyes (and ears) to some of your dog’s...
Published 05/02/22
What’s causing the recent spike in reactivity among our dogs? It’s easy to blame it all on the recent lockdown. After all, dogs everywhere were cooped up indoors without the opportunity to socialize and take in the world around them. While that’s one way to look at it, it’s not quite accurate, and Marika Bertram joins Kathy on this episode of Enlightened by Dogs to explain why. She delves into the rise in reactivity, the common mistakes surrounding socialization, and how to turn things...
Published 04/25/22
For all of us, the end game is to build trust between our dogs and us and eventually learn how to live a good life together. But before we get to that point, it’s important to accept where we are in that journey. Of course, no one likes to struggle, but once you accept where you are, it’s a lot easier to transcend to a place of cooperation and a trusting partnership. In this episode of the Enlightened by Dogs podcast, Kathy shares a segment of a Q&A session with two very related...
Published 04/18/22
Sometimes it’s comforting to know that you aren’t the only dog mom out there tackling a few bumps in the road on your partnership journey. But it’s also empowering to know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and you can have that brilliant partnership you always hoped for. To offer some guidance, Kathy shares segments from a Q&A session with real dog moms facing very real challenges. She highlights the importance of being proactive and having a plan in place for uncomfortable...
Published 04/11/22
How do you get your dog to feel safe and calm in your RV, apartment, or home? How do you get them to feel the same way while you’re out and about? The answer lies in focusing on your inner circle of influence and making it a safe space for your dog. In this episode of the Enlightened by Dogs Podcast, Kathy shares a segment from a recent Q&A session where she delves into how to create a safe inner circle of influence. She discusses ways you can move your dog from the orange to the green...
Published 04/04/22
Did you know that your thoughts and expectations for your dog can shape who they become? If you believe that they’re too reactive or too difficult to live with, they eventually morph into that. A huge part of being a brilliant partner is accepting your dog for who they are. But that’s not to say they’ll remain reactive or difficult to live with. Acceptance, patience, and love eventually make your dog the partner you want them to be. In this episode of the Enlightened by Dogs Podcast, Kathy...
Published 03/28/22
Being a loving and conscious dog mom isn’t always easy. Yes, you love your dog so much and you want to be the best dog parent you can be. However, sometimes it’s hard to remain patient and mindful when your dog seems to be doing everything but what you asked them to do. When this happens, Kathy suggests trying your best to step back into the role of a mindful dog mom. It’s tough, but you can do it! In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy shares 13 mindful dog parenting partnership...
Published 03/21/22
We’re celebrating 200 episodes of the Enlightened By Dogs podcast with a very special announcement – so tune in to hear more about that! I can’t believe we’ve hit 200 episodes! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. I want to thank each and every one of you for tuning in each week because without you guys, I wouldn’t be here making this show that has brought so many of us together. As a special thank you, I’ve decided to take you behind the scenes of this very podcast and let you in...
Published 03/14/22
Are you ready to become the best version of yourself and the human that your dog needs you to be? Well, it all starts with inspired action. It’s one thing to seek guidance on how to become a wholesome person and a brilliant partner. But it’s another to actually take these insights and use them to build an amazing partnership. On this episode of the Enlightened by Dogs podcast, Kathy takes us through a piece from a Brilliant Partners Academy training class. She shares four questions that...
Published 03/07/22
Does leading a balanced life, whether on a personal level or with your dog, often seem out of reach? Perhaps it’s time to look at balance from a whole new perspective. While finding balance, it’s important to look for it in the little moments and approach it more holistically. Balance is not a destination but a process that we all strive to achieve every single day. Joining this episode of the Enlightened By Dog’s podcast, Beth Williams, P.T., A.P.T., weighs in on the concept of balance....
Published 02/28/22