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Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast…where training and behavior meet Heart and Soul for an inspirational and educational journey. Each week, we’ll take a dive deep into the human-dog connection and explore strategies that will inspire you to create legendary, enlightened partnership with your dog.

Kathy Kawalec has always had a deep resounding connection with dogs and she has devoted her life to being their voice in a world where not many are TRULY listening.

Her lifelong journey led Kathy to become an expert in dog behavior, positive training, holistic healing, the human-dog bond, the mind-body-spirit connection, and intuitively communicating heart-to-heart.

Kathy Kawalec is an author, writer, the founder of Dancing Hearts Dog Academy and creator of the Brilliant Partners Academy, The Foundation Formula, Herding Partners Academy, and Creative Alchemy Passion Plan.

Whether your relationship with your dog heals old wounds, inspires new beginnings, or ignites a long extinguished spark for true connection ... this show is tailor-made for you!!

Enlightened By Dogs with Kathy Kawalec Kathy Kawalec

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 71 Ratings

Welcome to the Enlightened by Dogs podcast…where training and behavior meet Heart and Soul for an inspirational and educational journey. Each week, we’ll take a dive deep into the human-dog connection and explore strategies that will inspire you to create legendary, enlightened partnership with your dog.

Kathy Kawalec has always had a deep resounding connection with dogs and she has devoted her life to being their voice in a world where not many are TRULY listening.

Her lifelong journey led Kathy to become an expert in dog behavior, positive training, holistic healing, the human-dog bond, the mind-body-spirit connection, and intuitively communicating heart-to-heart.

Kathy Kawalec is an author, writer, the founder of Dancing Hearts Dog Academy and creator of the Brilliant Partners Academy, The Foundation Formula, Herding Partners Academy, and Creative Alchemy Passion Plan.

Whether your relationship with your dog heals old wounds, inspires new beginnings, or ignites a long extinguished spark for true connection ... this show is tailor-made for you!!

    Connecting Heart-to-Heart

    Connecting Heart-to-Heart

    In our busy lives, sometimes we need to just pause and reflect. How we are and how we act can have a huge effect on our relationship with our dogs.
    So, if you want to start working more on your partnership with your dog, it all starts with you.
    In this episode, Kathy walks through several simple exercises to help you explore who you are and who you want to be as a dog mom. These exercises will help you gain a clearer understanding so you can forge a stronger heart-to-heart connection with your dog.
    Grab a pen and paper and tune in to this episode to gain clarity on yourself and your partnership with your dog.
    Also, if you’re a struggling dog mom stuck at home, be sure to check out Kathy’s new free PDF guide: Stuck at Home "Survival Guide" for Dog Moms.
    In this episode:
    Kathy announces her brand new downloadable guide: Stuck at Home "Survival Guide" for Dog Moms Why who we are informs how we act Simple exercises to get clarity on your partnership with your dog Quotes:
    “At our core is our heart. And our heart is most directly connected to the essence of who we are.”
    “When you think about what you love, it generates a vibration in your body.”
    “What we do is directly informed by how we are being.”
    Want More of Kathy?
    Brilliant Partners Academy Dancing Hearts Dog Academy Website Facebook Community To explore other episodes, click here.

    • 38 min
    How to Be A Better Listener for Your Dog

    How to Be A Better Listener for Your Dog

    What does it mean to be heard?
    Both you and your dog are social mammals and so have a deep need to be understood and cared for. Meeting this need can help you live the brilliant partnership with your dog that you dream of.
    In this episode, Kathy discusses how real listening can help you stay calm and connected to your dog and why it’s one of the four core daily practices from the Brilliant Partners Academy.
    She also talks about the relationship between listening and leadership and how to embrace being the loving leader that your partnership deserves.
    In this episode:
    Understanding what it really means to be listened to What true leadership is Why being a loving leader is a good thing What real heart-to-heart, mind-to-mind listening is How to listen mindfully ­– even in stressful situations Quotes:
    “To be heard means to be listened to without judgment about how we should be better or should be different than what someone thinks we should be.”
    “To be heard means to be loved, without condition.”
    “We're in some process of blossoming into the next iteration of who we are.”
    “Good leaders are good listeners.”
    “Our dogs are changing, we are changing. And yet, at each step along the way, we are already perfect.”
    Want More of Kathy?
    Brilliant Partners Academy Dancing Hearts Dog Academy Website Facebook Community

    • 19 min
    Lessons from A Reactive Dog with Paulina Grzesinska-Mrozek

    Lessons from A Reactive Dog with Paulina Grzesinska-Mrozek

    Living with a reactive dog can be a frustrating experience, and as a first-time dog mom, it can be a confusing one as well.
    In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy revisits a conversation she had with first-time dog mom and BPA member Paulina Grzesinska-Mrozek.
    Paulina was struggling with her dog Badi, who was very reactive to other dogs and people both in their apartment and on walks. After trying her luck with a behaviorist (who Badi wouldn’t even let in the apartment), Paulina tried the Brilliant Partners Academy.
    And she hasn’t looked back since!
    Today, their partnership is strong and built on trust and a mutual understanding. Hear about Paulina’s experiences and how she used the BPA partnership principles to achieve this complete transformation.
    In this episode:
    How Paulina initially struggled to understand Badi’s needs How Paulina and Badi have transformed their partnership together The partnership principles that Paulina found most useful How Paulina and Badi became role models for each other Quotes:
    “BPA had a big impact on me understanding Badi’s behaviors. Now when I just look at him, I know what he wants to communicate.”
    “Now I understand it so much better. I learned how to listen to him.”
    “I'm learning how to actually be there with him. When I catch myself […] going somewhere else with my thoughts, I'm like, no, no, no, we are here and now. Don't worry about other stuff, you are here and now.”
    Want More of Kathy?
    Brilliant Partners Academy Dancing Hearts Dog Academy Website Facebook Community To explore other episodes, click here.

    • 32 min
    From Reactive Dogs to Remarkable Partners with Ros Swallow

    From Reactive Dogs to Remarkable Partners with Ros Swallow

    Having one reactive dog can be challenging enough but imagine adding another one into the mix!
    In this Enlightened By Dogs episode, Kathy revisits a conversation she had with Ros Swallow, proud dog mom to two beautiful (yet highly reactive) Hungarian Vizslas.
    Ros had tried everything and had adapted her lifestyle to try and keep her dogs calm. Yet, she felt overwhelmed with anxiety whenever she took them out for a walk. People, dogs, bikes, and everything in between would always trigger panic and reactivity in her dogs.
    Ros eventually took a leap of faith and joined Brilliant Partners Academy to learn how to become a calm and confident role model. Hear her experience and how BPA helped to turn Ros and her partnership with Phoebe and Myrtle around.
    In this episode:
    What triggered Phoebe and Myrtle’s reactive and anxious behaviors The steps Ros took before joining BPA How BPA helped Ros transform her relationship with her dogs What Ros loves most about the BPA community Quotes:
    “The progress we have made is beyond anything I have ever imagined possible.”
    “What I really like about BPA and the coaching is that all I need is myself and my dog. And I don't have to think that hard about how I’m going to react in this particular situation because it becomes a habit.”
    “If you're willing to make a commitment, if you're willing to follow the program, step by step, the support really is there.”
    Want More of Kathy?
    Brilliant Partners Academy Dancing Hearts Dog Academy Website Facebook Community To read and explore other episodes, click here.

    • 41 min
    The Summer Series on The Power of Partnership – Part 5 of 5

    The Summer Series on The Power of Partnership – Part 5 of 5

    Do you have a clear vision and dream for the life you want with your dog?
    Staying committed to the partnership of your dreams begins with some clarity on what your dreams actually look like.
    This marks the final part of Kathy’s five-part blog and podcast series, “The Summer Series on The Power of Partnership.” In this series, Kathy has been sharing some simple partnership principles that will help you forge a much closer bond between you and your dog.
    In this episode, we return to Mary (an avatar client and proud dog mom), who has been tackling some tricky challenges with her dog Max. You’ll see how Mary has put each principle into action and how they have drastically improved her partnership with Max.
    If you’re new to this series, you can start with episode one.
    In this episode:
    Why staying connected to our dreams helps us stay committed Why you should create a flexible plan for your goals The four lessons to take from the commitment principle Read the blog post on this topic.
    Quotes:
    “Being focused and connected to our dreams and goals serves to keep us in the now.”
    “Staying connected to our dreams every single day is one of the things that helps us stay committed.”
    “Old habits and patterns can be challenging to overcome. But having a plan to work through that challenge makes it so much easier.”
    Want More of Kathy?
    Brilliant Partners Academy Dancing Hearts Dog Academy Website Facebook Community To read the blog post on this topic and to explore other episodes, click here.

    • 16 min
    The Summer Series on The Power of Partnership Part 4 of 5

    The Summer Series on The Power of Partnership Part 4 of 5

    Part of living in a true partnership is to work towards some kind of common purpose. Yet, it’s something that a lot of us don’t think about when it comes to our dogs.
    Welcome back to part four of Kathy’s five-part series, ‘The Summer Series on The Power of Partnership.’ Over the course of this series, Kathy has been sharing some simple and highly effective partnership principles to help you forge the partnership you’ve always wanted with your dog.
    We’re returning to Mary and Max’s story. Mary’s a dog mom and avatar client who Kathy has been following along her journey as she puts these principles into action.
    If you haven’t already caught up with the previous episodes, check out the first three parts before continuing. Listen to the podcast episode for part one, two, and three, or read the blog post for part one, two, and three to catch up.
    In this episode:
    What a common purpose is and why it’s key to a successful partnership How Mary and Max found a common purpose 4 important lessons about finding a common purpose Read the blog post on this topic.
    Quotes:
    “When we approach that cooperation from this perspective of, we both want the same thing, auto-magically, you and your dog become teammates.”
    “You become partners that are working together toward a common goal, a common outcome.”
    “Living in partnership is so much easier if you and your dog both want the same thing.”
    Want More of Kathy?
    Brilliant Partners Academy Dancing Hearts Dog Academy Website Facebook Community To read the blog post on this topic and to explore other episodes, click here.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Kathy, host of the Enlightened by Dogs podcast, highlights all aspects of pet health and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

lj480 ,

Enlightened By Dogs

Thank you so much for the podcast, facebook and resources. It is good to think about living and being with my dogs. Not just training...

Onapaw ,

Heart opening truth and hope!

Thank you, thank you!!!These podcasts have answered so many questions for my husband and I. We have been so hyper focused on training we forgot
to stop and just be with our wonderful dog...we forgot to just breath and be a family. We can’t wait to learn more from Kathy and our pup!

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