98 episodes

UNLEASHED (at work & home) empowers you to take charge of personal development. Each episode sheds insight into the world of human behavior by talking with a variety of experts 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 • 16 Ratings

UNLEASHED (at work & home) empowers you to take charge of personal development. Each episode sheds insight into the world of human behavior by talking with a variety of experts 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!

    Laura Perkins, CPDT-KA - ”Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has beauty, magic and power in it.”

    Laura Perkins, CPDT-KA - ”Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has beauty, magic and power in it.”

    Each of us has visions of what we want in life- things we hope to do, achieve, and experience. Envisioning, planning, and daydreaming about these things can be useful and is certainly enjoyable, but when it comes time to take action to try and make them a reality…well, that can be intimidating, even frightening. It’s often tempting--and always easier--to simply enjoy the daydream. So how do we inspire ourselves to act? To take that first step towards making our dreams a reality? For Laura Perkins, it means remembering the “beauty, magic, and power” of boldness, even in the seemingly small actions of sending that email or making that phone call. She joined me today to talk about her career, building a community, and being willing to be bold.

    • 30 min
    Meghan Herron, DVM, DACVB - ”We CAN do it all... we just need to gain some comfort with mediocrity.”

    Meghan Herron, DVM, DACVB - ”We CAN do it all... we just need to gain some comfort with mediocrity.”

    It makes sense to say that we can’t do it all. After all, we’re each just one person, and no one person can do everything, right?
    But then you meet someone like Dr. Meghan Herron who seems like she really has done it all- gone to veterinary school, raised two kids, and single-handedly started an entirely new program of study at OSU- and you can’t help but wonder if maybe there is some way to do it all.
    But how? What’s the secret? How can you possibly do everything you both need and want to without going stark raving mad?
    Dr. Herron joined me today to talk about her work as a behavioral vet and her philosophy to “doing it all” while protecting your own mental health and avoiding burnout.

    • 40 min
    Maria Giaccio - ”I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

    Maria Giaccio - ”I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

    Our lives very rarely take the paths we think they will. Even if we end up where we planned, we seldom take the route we thought we would. Looking back, it’s sometimes easy to see how a combination of seemingly unconnected chances, events, and decisions led us to where we are (for good or ill), but in the moment we often feel as though we’re flying blind. And then there are the times we’re sure we’ve made the right decision only to look back later and see how wrong or misinformed we were, despite our best efforts.
    Professional pet sitter Maria Giaccio always thought she’d work with animals, but didn’t get there the way she thought she would. Join us as we discuss her roundabout route to owning a doggy daycare, reflect on Maya Angelou’s words about knowing and doing better, and remember the importance of having compassion for our past selves.

    • 27 min
    Stephanie Kern

    Stephanie Kern

    Whether it’s relationships, jobs, finances, health, or a dozen other areas, everybody wants to feel as though they have control over their life. We crave the security that comes from knowing–or at least feeling like we know–where we’re headed, and that things are going according to plan. But the truth is that we actually have control over far fewer things than we might like. 
    While facing the limits of our control can be frightening, it can also be liberating and allow us to achieve a certain amount of calm, even in the face of uncertainty. Today, dog trainer and vet tech Stephanie Kern joined me to talk about her experiences working with dogs and how she’s learned to embrace the fact most things are outside of her control.
     
    https://colleenpelar.com/103

    • 36 min
    Marika Bell, MA, CPDT-KA

    Marika Bell, MA, CPDT-KA

    Time, whether we like it or not, marches on. All our experiences, both good and bad, are only temporary.
    Reminding ourselves of this can be a double-edged sword. While it may make it easier for us to soldier on through the hard times, remembering that they won’t last forever, it can also be disheartening to remember that all the good times will pass away as well.
    But maybe the well-known saying that “this too shall pass” doesn’t have to be a source of sadness when we apply it to the things we love. Maybe instead, it can be an inspiration to dive headlong into whatever comes our way, making the most of it while it lasts.
    Dog trainer and anthrozoologist Marika Bell came on the show to discuss this with me, as well as share stories of her many and varied experiences with animals ranging from bears to dogs to deadly snakes.
    https://colleenpelar.com/102

    • 47 min
    Rebecca Johnson, CPDT-KA, FPPE

    Rebecca Johnson, CPDT-KA, FPPE

    We all know the old adage “practice makes perfect.” At first glance, it seems like good advice.
    Isn’t perfection the goal, the thing we should all strive for? After all, if something is perfect it is, by definition, the best it can possibly be. Nothing can be better than that–or can it? Is there something out there that could be better than the ever-elusive “perfect?” Turns out there just might be!Join dog trainer Rebecca Johnson and me as we discuss the limits of perfectionism, as well as gardening, lemurs, and whether there is such a thing as better than perfect.
    https://colleenpelar.com/101

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 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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