163 episodes

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 • 68 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!!

    New Habits Create A New Life

    New Habits Create A New Life

    We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations, but what is the key to achieving them?
    One of the most common pieces of advice is that you need to change your mindset to achieve your dreams. After all, your mindset is key to everything in your life. It affects your health and wellness, financial status, career, and the relationships you have in your life – including the partnership you have with your dog.
    Mindset matters, but does just changing your mindset ever really work? Kathy talks a lot about mindset on this podcast. But this time, she takes a deep dive look into why mindset matters, how it relates to our habits, and why changing it doesn’t always work.
    In this Enlightened By Dogs episode, Kathy looks at why achieving your dreams isn’t just about mindset. It’s about the actions we take and the dreams and feelings we strive for.
    In this episode:
    Why simply changing your mindset doesn’t work How the three main parts of the brain interact Why creating new habits is key to achieving your dreams Read the blog post on this topic.
    Quotes:
    “Anytime that you say you want to change your mindset, what you're really saying is that you want to change a habit.”
    “Your true and deep emotions are your most meaningful roadmap to live from your heart ­– this authentic you.”
    “Your real feelings are the strongest, most inspiring motivators possible.”
    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.

    • 19 min
    What If It Was Easy?

    What If It Was Easy?

    Are you feeling disconnected from your dog? Are you struggling to remain present and live in the moment with them?
    Living a partnership lifestyle means intentionally creating a heart-to-heart connection with your dog. It means learning to be present and having an awareness of yourself and your thoughts and feelings. By learning more about yourself, you can learn how to become a brilliant partner for you, your dog, and everyone else in your life.
    In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy discusses ways to regain and revisit your connection with your dog. She takes you through a simple exercise you can practice if you’re struggling with feeling present and connected with your dog.
    In this episode:
    Why it’s so important to focus on what we have, not just what we want How to embrace a feeling of gratitude How to use Kathy’s “field of flowers” exercise to center yourself How our dogs fit into our life experiences Read the blog post on this topic.
    Quotes:
    “That field of flowers is like a metaphor for how I'm always in love with my dog. I'm always connected heart-to-heart with my dog. Even when we're having a communication breakdown, we are still always standing in our field of flowers together.”
    “The sum total of our thoughts and feelings is what creates our life experience.”
    “You can have that feeling of gratitude and abundant love and connection in any moment that you want ­­– when we give up our need to find that feeling outside of ourselves.”
    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.

    • 24 min
    Living with An Excitable Dog with Beth Williams

    Living with An Excitable Dog with Beth Williams

    When your personality doesn’t align with your dog’s in the ways you might expect, how do you communicate and connect?
    BPA member, Beth Williams, welcomed her new dog, KZ into her life with open arms and an open heart. But after years of owning earth-type dogs (and being an earth-type herself), adapting to a dog with a fire-type personality was quite a change!
    KZ’s excitable nature presented many new challenges for Beth and put a lot of initial strain on their relationship. Now, they have the heart and mind connection Beth always dreamed of. How did they do it? Find out in this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, as Kathy speaks to Beth about her incredible path to calming and connecting with her excitable dog.
    In this episode:
    How Beth’s dog-centered lifestyle created challenges for KZ Why Beth needed to adjust her expectations for her new puppy Why understanding your and your dog’s personalities can help you connect better Beth’s new perspective on communicating with your dog Read the blog post on this topic.
    Quotes:
    “I just had to let go. That's not who he is. That's not what he enjoys. Maybe at some point in his life, he may enjoy it, but he's not now and trying to make him do that wasn't helping our relationship.”
    “Because he is so big and so young and the reputation that his breed has, there was a sense that I really needed to control him. I just needed to be able to get a handle on him and be able to control him more to keep everybody safe.”
    “Staying connected was always my reframe versus preventing him from doing something I didn't want him to do.”
    “The thing it tends to come back to is staying connected.”
    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.

    • 33 min
    Extreme Behavior to Partnership with Stella Murrell

    Extreme Behavior to Partnership with Stella Murrell

    When it comes to reactive dog behavior, it can feel like you’ve tried just about everything, and nothing seems to work.
    A reactive dog can put a huge strain on your relationships with your beloved pets. It can significantly impact the quality of a dog’s life as well as your own.
    Traditional training is what many people turn to. But if that doesn’t work, what next?
    The truth is, helping your dog isn’t about forcing them to act differently. It’s about opening your mind and looking at it from a different perspective.
    Stella Murrell and her dog, Henna, came to the Brilliant Partners Academy (BPA) around 18 months ago looking for a solution. Henna was a young dog with a series of physical and mental difficulties that were impacting her and Stella’s partnership.
    In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy chats to Stella about her journey towards building a strong partnership with Henna. Stella and Henna are a fantastic success story for BPA and highlight why striving for a partnership lifestyle is so worth it.
    In this episode:
    What Stella and Henna's relationship looked like before BPA The different steps and tactics Stella tried How the Brilliant Partners Academy transformed the way Stella interacted with Henna What their strong and loving partnership looks like now Read the blog post on this topic.
    Quotes:
    “I'd been trying to turn her into another dog. I just couldn't accept her. And once I did accept her, then everything changed.”
    “I was quite dismayed the first time I went to a trainer. She said, ‘You need to give this dog a very firm hand.’ That was the exact opposite of what was needed.”
    “People stop me in the street and say, ‘Is that the same dog?’”
    “The biggest gift that you can give to your dog is partnership and communication.”
    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.

    • 39 min
    Real Listening to Reactive Dogs with Steph Taleb

    Real Listening to Reactive Dogs with Steph Taleb

    You may think that you’re listening to your dog’s wants and needs, but listening isn’t always what you think it is.
    We all want to do what’s best for our dogs. However, sometimes, in the quest for a successful relationship, we can get stuck pursuing traditional training methods that just aren’t working. The reality is, truly listening to your dog can look very different from how you might have imagined it.
    When you open up your mind and your heart to your partnership’s possibilities, that’s when things can really start to change ­– especially if you have a reactive dog.
    Steph Taleb and her dog, Pow, are a perfect example of how real listening can build a strong, thriving partnership. In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy speaks to Steph about her journey with Pow and discusses how their relationship has gone from strength to strength since Steph chose to pursue a partnership lifestyle.
    In this episode:
    How Pow and Steph began their journey to a brilliant partnership What to do when traditional training doesn’t work Why Steph turned to the Brilliant Partners Academy How to embrace real listening Why expectations and compliance could be holding your relationship back What Steph and Pow’s brilliant partnership looks like now Read the blog post on this topic.
    Quotes:
    “What it feels like to listen to her now is that there’s a flow between us. It's a gentle flow of energy between us that is organic.”
    “It was like teacher-student relationship – now it's a partnership.”
    “My idea of what perfect was, of having a perfect dog, of trying to make her perfect, doesn't even exist anymore.”
    “Once I got rid of that pressure and that stress of compliance, then she wanted to come to me.”
    “Open your mind. Listen to your heart.”
    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.

    • 36 min
    Success Is An Inside Job

    Success Is An Inside Job

    We often think about success as external. But what internal work happens on the way to achieving a brilliant partnership?
    Your mindset can be a powerful guide on the path to a happy lifestyle with your dog. But there are many factors that influence how you think, feel, and respond in any given situation. Most of the time, this happens on the unconscious level. Thinking carefully about how you can make more conscious, intentional choices can lead you to truly being a brilliant partner and loving leader for your dog.
    In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy shares why becoming a better version of yourself starts with looking inward. Plus, she reveals some of her favorite mindset hacks and lifestyle principles to help you on the way to a successful, growing, and brilliant partnership with your dog.
    In this episode:
    3 ways to cultivate an optimistic mindset How visualization can strengthen your partnership What to do when things don’t go to plan Why attainment and accomplishment are forms of success Read the blog post on this topic.
    Quotes:
    “Optimism is a skill that can be learned”
    “We already have everything that we need to be brilliant inside of us”
    “Whether you know it or not, you have an opinion about what you and your dog can and cannot do”
    “Who we become as a result of sharing our life with dogs is what brings true satisfaction, true pleasure, true happiness”
    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.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

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!

rlh543 ,

Brilliant Advice

Kathy breaks down the old system for dog and puppy training and discusses how bad these techniques were for our dogs. She provides humane ways to bring out the best in our dogs. Respecting your dog feelings and personality develops a lasting bond.

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