112 episodes

Unleashed (at Work & Home) helps pet professionals manage their stress and find more joy so they can continue making a difference without burning themselves out. Each episode sheds insight into the world of human behavior by talking with a variety of pet pros about their work, their successes, their frustrations … and their love of dogs. Are you ready to be more productive, more positive, and more personally empowered? Get ready to be UNLEASHED!

UNLEASHED (at work & home) with Colleen Pelar Colleen Pelar

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

Unleashed (at Work & Home) helps pet professionals manage their stress and find more joy so they can continue making a difference without burning themselves out. Each episode sheds insight into the world of human behavior by talking with a variety of pet pros about their work, their successes, their frustrations … and their love of dogs. Are you ready to be more productive, more positive, and more personally empowered? Get ready to be UNLEASHED!

    120. Kim Cardeccia, MA, LPC

    120. Kim Cardeccia, MA, LPC

    As anybody who has ever loved one knows, animals can help us be better people. Emotional regulation, compassion, and trust are all things that animals help us grow in, no matter our age or circumstances. In fact, it can even be its own form of therapy- literally. Today, licensed professional counselor and self-described “horse girl,” Kim Cardeccia joined me to talk about how she combines her love of horses with her practice of therapy to help people learn to bring their brightness to the world.

    • 47 min
    119. Kym Iffert, CPDT-KA, LFDM, FPPE, FFCP

    119. Kym Iffert, CPDT-KA, LFDM, FPPE, FFCP

    At first glance, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between interior decorating and dog training. But, like so many things in life, scratch the surface and you find more similarities than you might think. My guest today, Kym Iffert, left the world of interior design to pursue a career in dog training, and found that the skills she used as a decorator gave her a valuable perspective on dogs. Join us as we discuss her journey from beautifying spaces to training dogs, the difficult decision that led her there, and finding joy and purpose even in hard and draining work.
    https://colleenpelar.com/119

    • 39 min
    118. Kristina Bryte

    118. Kristina Bryte

    We talk a lot about the importance of “being yourself,” but what exactly does that mean? How are we supposed to do it? And how can we help other people do it as well? Although it may not be what we first think of, one of the most important things we need in order to be our authentic selves- and help others do the same- is safety. Only when we feel safe are we able to really explore ourselves, to be honest about our weaknesses, and lean in to our strengths.Dog trainer (and aspiring therapist) Kristina Bryte came on the show today to talk about creating a space where not only people but animals can feel safe to be their true selves.
    https://colleenpelar.com/118

    • 46 min
    117. Carol Sumbry, CCPDT, IAABC, CFDM, Certified Meditation Teacher

    117. Carol Sumbry, CCPDT, IAABC, CFDM, Certified Meditation Teacher

    The term “free spirit” is frequently used to describe all different kinds of people--hippies, artists, slightly crazy geniuses. Really, almost anyone who lives life a little off the beaten path. But what does that phrase actually mean? Just what, exactly, makes one a “free spirit?” And if you’re not one, can you become one? If so, how?
    Today on the show, I talked to dog trainer Carol Sumbry about this very topic. Join us as we discuss her (rather circuitous) path into the world of animals, feeding your soul, and finding moments of gold in your everyday life.
    https://colleenpelar.com/117

    • 35 min
    116. Lauren Van Duzer, ACDBC

    116. Lauren Van Duzer, ACDBC

    Without meaning to- or sometimes even realizing it- it can be the easiest thing in the world to limit ourselves. All too often we allow outside expectations, other people’s opinions, and our own fear to confine us to a life that is less than fulfilling.
     
    It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Dog trainer Lauren Van Duzer joined me today to talk about how a tragic event pushed her out of her comfort zone and gave her the courage to live a life reaching beyond the confines of “safety.” https://colleenpelar.com/116

    • 31 min
    115. Helen St. Pierre, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, LFDM, OSCT

    115. Helen St. Pierre, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, LFDM, OSCT

    Old age, death, and loss are topics most of us prefer to avoid. They’re uncomfortable, sometimes even painful to discuss, and most people don’t like to think about their own mortality.Death, however, is an inevitable part of life, and avoiding conversations about it can make it even harder for us to become comfortable with it. Helen St. Pierre- founder of No Monkey Business Dog Training and the non-profit Old Dogs Go To Helen- has spent the past several years helping senior and hospice dogs to live the best life they can before passing on. She joined me today to talk about becoming comfortable with the reality of death while finding meaning and beauty in caring for animals at the end of their life. https://colleenpelar.com/115

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

sewbrig ,

Wonderful podcast

Colleen presents human mental health and well-being through the lens of dog behavior in a practical, relatable way. Don’t miss an episode!

Myacsm ,

Educational, relatable and enjoyable!

I really enjoyed listening to the podcast with Dr McConnell. Hearing these two professionals discuss emotions and how they're experienced, applied to life and viewed in the dog and human world was great. As a dog professional, these types of podcasts are easy to listen to and still providing some fun educational material.

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