Join our community of over 200 devoted Dog Moms who are ready to start right or start over with their sensitive, hyper, reactive or difficult dogs.

The fastest and simplest path to a behavior breakthrough with your dog …

You can have a dog that loves to listen, and loves to work, play and relax with you -- and you can finally become the kind, calm and confident dog mom you want to be!!

For JUST $7/Month

Most coaches charge anywhere from $67 to $199 per month for this kind of value. But I am committed to making this a membership that all dog moms can access for just $7/month

Just $7/month – cancel anytime

There are so many [outdated] methods and tactics still being taught ... how many have you tried?

And OMG … aren’t you exhausted? This isn’t how you wanted your relationship with your dog to be.
Listen: it’s NOT your fault. We have inherited an outdated and flawed dog training culture that is based on obedience, compliance, and coercion — and even the most positive training methods don’t change that fact.

What if you followed a simple, modern, holistic path to be a calm and confident dog mom with a happy, cooperative dog?

Here’s how it goes when you do that…
There! Doesn’t that feel so much better?

I'M Kathy. A DOG MOM THAT has A PACK OF HAPPY + COOPERATIVE DOGS -- AND WE can do all the things we love -- at home and on all our adventures...

Kathy Kawalec

Founder and Coach

And I want the same for you!

I’ll be honest with you:
There was a time in my journey…
I thought I had all the tools I needed to be a great dog mom and sport partner for my dogs. I already had 10 years of success at agility, herding, and even as a trainer and coach giving agility and herding lessons and group puppy classes at my farm. I had a cabinet full of blue ribbons, trophies, silver buckles, and a fully booked client lesson calendar.

But then I got a new ‘dream’ puppy that was to be my rising star, BUT my world was turned upside down when we began to crash and burn.

I was really focused on ‘getting everything right’ with Phoenix as a puppy and I spent every available moment with her — positive manners and obedience training, trick training, and plenty of bonding activity and enrichment.

We were deeply bonded and she was super focused on me, but she was also hyper-excitable, frantic to get it right, and sooooo impulsive.
Anything that required calm thinking and responsibility was impossible for her, and that made our herding training impossible too.
So I tried…
  • •More obedience and more impulse control training.
  • •More exercise to tire her out.
  • The thing is that she was PERFECT when we were in ‘training mode’…but that didn’t matter much when we were not.

After trying (almost) everything and nothing was working, I finally realized two things:


My dog wasn’t intentionally giving me a hard time, she was having a hard time.


The heartbreaking truth is that she wasn’t being truly heard or understood by me. Not really. So her most important communications went unheard and escalated to big, emotionally-charged behaviors. 

And that's when it hit me!
The process that I used to raise my earlier puppies actually worked best:

  • Connection, not training.
  • Collaboration, not obedience.
  • Partnership, not transactions.
  • I refocused on that, and quickly, Phoenix became my amazing partner, even after so many months of struggling!
We had to hit rock bottom to get there, but as a result, Phoenix and I made a pact that we would map out the entire process to share with my students and clients and their dogs and puppies — and with dog families around the world.
My partnership method doesn’t only work for me. It has worked for close to 3,000 of my students around the world (so far!)

The best thing?

  • Once dog moms that I worked with stopped caring so much about what outdated dog training culture told them they were ‘SUPPOSED TO’ be doing, everything started to change for them…
    Instead of trying to work harder at being a better ‘dog trainer’ and trying harder to shape their dog into a ‘fit in the box’ version of what all ‘well-trained dogs’ were supposed to be like …
    They could dig under the surface to understand their dog’s deep drivers and needs, and better understand their role as their dog’s loving, clear and kind role model and guide.
  • That’s when they can start to (re)build their foundation that is based on connection, trust, and love …
    and are able to show up as their best self for the dog they love so very much.
    The next best thing?
    The same strategies worked for Ros, and Dee, and Sue, and Ana, and Marianne, and Beth, and Sandra, and thousands of other dog moms since 2007, when I first began teaching online.

Here's what my members have to say...

“What do I say about a program that changed despair to joy?”

“My dream dog had become a nightmare, my life was in turmoil and my family was miserable. With our partnership foundation, life is liberating, joyful and totally works! Who knew?”

~Dee and Phalen

“I'm so proud of my 3 fur kids, and forever grateful for Kathy and her program.”

“I thought: I’ve tried everything, training classes, behavior sessions, reactive dog classes, I have nothing to lose. 10 months later, we all enjoying our Brilliant Partners lifestyle and I’m so proud of my 3 fur kids!”

~Bettina, with Murphy, Mary and Bear

“Kicked out of obedience class … to brilliant partners!”

"After being kicked out of obedience class, I found Kathy Kawalec. Instead of focusing on obedience and training, we breathed a sigh of relief and began focusing on appreciating each other and observing and listening to each other. Life since is a daily delight with my girl!”

~Jane and Skye

“I heard my human mom say that she felt really sad that she was letting me down, even though she was trying so hard to be a great dog mom. If you ask me, she was ALWAYS the best human a dog could hope for!!
But I do love how calm and happy she is now! And I love that she always checks in with me for how I feel about things…she really listens now! She tells me that I’m perfect and handsome and that she loves me to the moon. 
And the best thing is that we can do lots of fun things now that she’s not sad anymore!!”


The Brilliant Dog Foundation Path:

The exact steps to build the RIGHT foundation with your dog so that you can finally have the behavior breakthrough you need ...


The Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders

Build your partnership foundation with your dog -- simply and sustainably.

Become a calm and confident dog mom with a cooperative, happy dog ... without obedience training, or relying on treats or arousing games, or corrections of any type

When you join the Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders

You get everything you need to start right or start over with your dog. Interrupt relationship-damaging behavior patterns ...
... and launch empowering daily practices that WORK!

You'll get instant access to:

Yes, this simple Partnership Foundation Method works for all dogs of any age, breed/mix, history … even if your dog is reactive, hyper, anxious, fearful, non-cooperative … and even if you have tried ‘everything’ and nothing has worked.
This is NOT some spin on the same old dog training tactics. There are no ‘obedience training exercises’ or complicated counter conditioning setups or repeated exposures or flooding to make our sensitive dog ‘get used to’ things. (You can thank me later!)
We focus on the fundamentals of growing love, trust, feeling safe, creating opportunities for connection, and natural heart-to-heart communication with our amazing dogs.
We dog moms learn to be kind and clear and calm role models, guides and loving leaders.  And we learn how to interrupt ‘bad’ behavior and how to set boundaries — get this: using compassion and kindness. Yes ma’am!!
Our online classrooms and coaching programs have successfully supported relationship transformations for dog moms for over 15 years, and offline for 10 years before that.
You’re invited to join our success circle of real dog moms with real dogs, in real life, in all varieties of environments, who have transformed their life with their dogs. They all started with our brilliant dog foundation building, just like you.
Just $7/month – cancel anytime

Here's a sneak-peek of what's inside ...

Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders: The Course

New Trainings and Tools Every Month

Educational, fun, and interactive trainings and tools that you can use!

Live Q+A's with our Expert Partnership Coaches

Get your questions answered, and your worksheets and plans reviewed by our partnership coaches.

Worksheets, Guides, Templates and Planners

All the worksheets, journals and planners to guide you every step of the way.

How to Stop Hyper Barking Guidebook

What are the steps to getting on top of unwanted barking?

Guidebook for Sensitive, Anxious or Reactive Dogs

Stop the trust leaks with your hyper, anxious or reactive dog

Dog Mom's Guide to Breathe, Bond and Calm Down

If you’re like many of us dog moms, you’re feeling a bit stressed these days!

Plus: An Amazing BONUS BUNDLE:

#1: Your Members Only Community

Stop struggling alone. Become part of a powerful, supportive community. Learn and grow alongside like-hearted and like-minded dog moms.
Share tips and strategies, receive ongoing accountability, celebrate your wins and always be up to date on the latest dog parenting partnership tools and strategies.

There is NO other group that offers this level of positive partnership support. You are not alone!!

Connect, share and engage with your sister dog moms as much as you like inside our private Facebook group. This is a fully supportive group that offers only love and empathy. 

#2: "Say Goodbye to Overwhelm" Planner

I’ll teach you the time-saving  and mindset strategies that I use to run a business, coach my students, take care of a pack of dogs, manage a farm, continue my education, train my herding dogs, and a million other things. This planner will help you to create plenty of time to get the most out of your membership, and help you to escape overwhelm and get your happy back.
If I can do it, and hundreds of other dog moms in my programs can do it … you can too!! I’ll show you how.
Don’t let your old ‘too busy’ story keep you from creating a new life that you love!

#3: Your Brilliant Partners Roadmap MasterClass

Once you have mapped out your foundation practices plan here in the Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders …
Your next step is to learn the Brilliant Partnership Lifestyle Skills, so that your journey from Starting Partners, all the way to confident Brilliant Partners, is smooth and simple.
In this Masterclass, I walk you through the stages of our Brilliant Partners Roadmap … and I’ll share the next skills that you need to develop, why they are transformational for you and your dog, and how they help you to build on the foundation plan that you have already created here in the Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders.

#4: The "Be-CORE" Behavior Framework

Learn the simple 4 Step framework to simplify your daily dog parenting.
Understanding that all behavior is communication and committing to doing things differently will get the results you want.
You are able to Be Curious, Be Observant, Be Responsible, and to Be Empowering …
… all of which gives your dog an anchor, a role model, and a loving leader that is clear and kind.
That’s when your dog can relax, listen, regulate, cooperate and really thrive…And so can you!
Be-CORE is simple, fun, easy — and most importantly: proven and effective!!
Just $7/month – cancel anytime

I have a question for you...

What if I can help you feel more confident and in control of your dog parenting this month?

In just one month you’ll see positive changes in your home, and you will be connecting with your dog in a whole new way.
I know that confidence and clarity are two of the biggest things that can get in the way for devoted dog moms.
Imagine if we could clear that out and start you on a path towards the life of your dreams this month for less than the price of a fancy coffee.
And even better yet, you can get a whole year of support in the Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders for less than the cost of one private coaching session.
We’d LOVE to have you join us!!
Just $7/month – cancel anytime

“Oh, hi! Sure I’ve got just a minute, I am really busy — trying to get my canine sibs under control right now. They’re not very cooperative if you ask me. No matter how many times I tell them, I end up repeating myself over and over. Good thing I love my job.

Anyway. Yes, some might consider me a control freak. My human mom says that’s just how it is for Organizer type dogs. She gets me.
The three previous families I lived with thought that *I* was the uncontrollable freak. Seriously? They got me all wrong, and it just made me feel more desperate to try to control everything, which only made them mad, and me anxious.
Life is great now though! My human mom says I’m the best partner she ever had. And I feel exactly the same about her.”

“I never dreamed this was possible!”

"After adopting Bella who was reactive to EVERYTHING, I never dreamed I would be hiking with BOTH of my dogs, enjoying nature without constantly scanning, and I love having the tools I learned in BPA to keep my little pack safe, calm and happy!"

~Terri and Bella

“It feeds our souls - not my ego.”

“My dream agility puppy was OCD, over-aroused and uncontrollable on walks and in the agility building. Now, we live in partnership because who I am for my dogs comes from my desire to live with my dogs in a way that feeds our souls - not my ego."

~Kim with Summit

“Our relationship is 90% joyful, loving and fun.”

"We enjoy our walks and adventures and cuddles. I trust her so she is off lead and exploring so much more which she loves. My relationship with Jess is 90% joyful, loving and fun, rather than 90% worried, stressed, upset and frustrated like before."

~Erin with Jess

“I love my boy with all my heart!”

"We had a rocky start and when nothing was working, I regretted getting him. Finally, through Kathy's program, I had a mindset breakthrough that changed everything with my dog.

I don't cry with frustration anymore. I love my boy with all my heart and he now comes running to me with a smile that is something I cherish and makes me cry with joy. "

~Lori with Cabo

“Is this the same dog?”

"Is this the same dog that threw herself at the patio door with manic barking that drove me to exhaustion? What I love about my life with Freya now is the feeling of partnership.

I get such a thrill when I go outside to check on her in the garden, and she immediately looks at me, and if I need her to come in, she skips happily along at my side. My heart feels lighter, and I am in awe about how amazing she is."

~Pauline with Freya

“Beyond anything I ever imagined!”

"I am no longer an anxious ball of nerves on walks. The progress we have made is beyond anything I had ever imagined possible.

We no longer chase wildlife, joggers or cyclists and we can walk where other dogs are and remain relaxed and connected with each other -- on leash and off!"

~Ros with Phoebe, Myrtle and Ekko

Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders is for Two Specific Dog Moms...

  • You’re a dog mom who wants to get your brilliant partnership with your dog started right 
  • …so that you never have to face the reactive or anxious dog behavior spiral with your dog. 
You’re a dog mom struggling with a difficult dog that is reactive, anxious, fearful, easily-aroused and hard to manage…
…and you’re ready for a behavior breakthrough.

If you can check ONE of these boxes, you are in the right place!!
You are ready to break free of the spiral of stress and build a lasting and sustainable partnership foundation with your dogs.

Just $7/month – cancel anytime

Join Us:

You don't need more obedience training, reliance on treats or arousing games, counter-conditioning setups, or corrections of any type to have a well-behaved dog that is a delight to live with.

Your LOVE for your dog creates your desire for deeper UNDERSTANDING, which opens the door to your new mindset and inspires new choices that lead to feeling safe calm and happy for you and your dog …
… which creates TRUST and a whole-hearted CONNECTION between you and your dog, and that always results in COOPERATION and an even Deeper LOVE emerges, a love that is true and never conditioned upon obedience or behavior … and the circle repeats, again and again and again…
^^This, my friend, is a brilliant partnership life in action!
IT’S A FACT: The undeniable truth is that our dogs are only with us for way too short of a time. Every precious day that you spend worrying about your dog behavior challenges makes it harder to recover and rebuild a life of trust and love and cooperation with your dog.
You deserve a brilliant life with your dog, and your dog deserves a brilliant dog mom, starting NOW. 
I’d truly LOVE to help you get a fresh (re)start, and I so hope that you will join us
Just $7/month – cancel anytime


"I've already tried programs that didn't help me and my dog, why do I need Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders?"


This costs less than one fancy Starbucks coffee. But unlike that coffee, this has the potential to change your whole life, bringing you from stressed, overwhelmed and worried…
…to calm, confident and feeling free!
Just $7/month – cancel anytime

I swear by everything I share with you in the Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders because it's the exact method that allows me to be the dog mom I want to be and to experience my dream life with my dogs.

I now have true freedom to work from home on live zooms without worry about my dogs, to enjoy going anywhere with my dogs, and even to successfully compete in dog sports…
…and I want the same for you!
Go from feeling stressed, overwhelmed and worried >>> to being crystal clear about what your dog needs to be calm, cooperative and happy.
Stop trying different training tactics that are time-consuming, complicated, contradictory, or don’t align with your values >>> and finally have a simple, clear, and kind foundation-building strategy that works.
Stop struggling alone >>> get connected with like-hearted dog moms, and loving support, feedback, and accountability in our amazing members-only community.
Just $7/month – cancel anytime

“I can’t even express the deep gratitude to Kathy and all of you who helped us.”

“I was struggling with Flo’s reactivity. In the city she would react to sounds, kids, scooters, skateboards. In the country she pulled on leash and off leash would chase wildlife. I was desperate and didn’t know what to do anymore.

It’s weird because Flo is still the same dog and I am still the same person, but we are now so very different at the same time. She rarely barks at anything anymore. She almost never pulls me on the leash.
I also changed. I am more patient. I don’t react anymore. I CALMLY guide her through difficult situations. When I look at her I don’t see trouble anymore. I see pure joy, love and connection. I can’t even express the deep gratitude to Kathy and all of you BPs who helped us on this beautiful journey. Thank you so much from all my heart!”
~Ana with Flo
“I’m a Magician and Explorer dog! That’s what my mom says about why I got excited so easily AND why I love to do things MY way.
Did you know that dogs have personality types? I’m not sure what that means, but it sure did help my mom learn how to love me for who I am. And that’s when life got a whole lot easier for both of us! yip! yip!
She’s the best! We had a GREAT time working together to map out the BEST way for a dog and their human to live, love, and play together. 
Humans need so much help with this stuff. Good thing she had me to help her. She says that the world of dogs and the humans who love them is changing because of my legacy.
What’s a legacy? Sounds important.
Oops, gotta go, need to go say hi to someone!! See ya later! bye! love you!! hope to see you later!! yiiipp!”

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm a new dog mom, will this work for me?

Yes! This works especially well for new dog moms. The right foundation will create a better bond, a better relationship and better communication for a life of happiness with your new dog!

I'm an experienced dog mom, will this be valuable for me?

Yes, the Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders will provide you with a fresh, modern way to connect with and help your dogs to reach their true potential with you. You'll have all the resources you need to start right or start over with your dog or puppy.

Can I wait and join later?

Yes. But why wait? The longer you wait to (re)build the right foundation with your dog, the harder it will become down the road to turn things around.

Is there feedback and support included?

Yes! We are whole-heartedly committed to helping you succeed. You are welcome to post questions, updates, and videos and you have the support of our team and community. Plus there is a monthly live Q+A where a coach will answer your questions that you submit in advance.

What if I can't attend the Q+A calls Live, because of my schedule?

Replays!! Many of our dog moms catch the replays - it's so convenient ... and you get to choose what time is best for you. Plus, you can post your question in advance and your coach will answer during the live call, and you can listen/watch later.

Does this only work for a certain type of dog?

This works for all puppies and dogs of any age, breed/mix, or history ... even if your dog is reactive, hyper, anxious, fearful, non-cooperative ... and even if you have tried 'everything' and nothing has worked.

We have literally hundreds of real dog moms with real dogs in real life in all varieties of environments who have transformed their life with their difficult dogs, and they started with this foundation work, just like you.

I'm not tech-savvy. Will I be able to make this work?

Yes. You can easily access everything from your phone, tablet, laptop, or computer. You'll need internet access and your favorite device - that's it!

When will I get access:

You will receive an email with all of the details within minutes of your purchase, and you can login and get started immediately! Just follow the roadmap and you'll be on your way to a brilliant foundation with your dog.

Can I cancel the membership anytime?

Yes, you can cancel anytime. Simply let us know 24hrs before your month renews and we'll happily take care of it for you!

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes, we have a 7-Day, 100% money back guarantee. We'll happily refund 100% of your purchase if you cancel within 7 Days.

Just $7/month – cancel anytime

A Personal Invitation from Kathy...​

Whether you’ve been stuck in a spiral of difficult behavior with your dog trying to find the ‘right training tactic’ that will get your dog to listen … or struggling to know exactly HOW to create the dream life you’ve been hoping for with your dog … this can be the turning point you’ve been waiting for.
So much has changed as we leap forward into mindful dog parenting, and there is nothing but love, connection, and cooperation ahead for dog moms who are prepared to take advantage of these shifts away from transactions and obedience compliance.

I’ve been building partnerships with my dogs for a lifetime. Puppies I’ve raised, adults I’ve rescued, dogs that no one wanted and dogs that were said to be ‘untrainable’ and hopeless.

Each and every dog was a blessing, and ALL of my dogs became amazing companions, world-class partners in dog sports like agility and herding, and the best teachers ever!

25+ years of working professionally with over 2800 dogs and their families in over 30 countries around the world has taught me sooooo much! I’ve put together the exact ingredients that create a trusting, loving, attentive and responsive relationship with a dog … instead of one built on transactions, unable to stand up to ordinary challenges of modern life.

This Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders program shares a culmination of what I’ve learned about what makes a dog difficult, reactive, anxious … and what nurtures trust, love and cooperation instead.

If you’re committed to making this the year you build a partnership foundation with your dog, I am so eager to be your guide and help you get started! My mission is to help a million dog moms, so I hope you take advantage of the special tuition for this membership – it’s my gift to you!! 

See you there!
Kathy xo

Kathy Kawalec

Founder, CEO: Dancing Hearts LLC 

Creator, Teacher and Coach:
• Dancing Hearts Dog Academy
• The Brilliant Dog Foundation Builders
• Brilliant Partners Academy
• Herding Partners Academy
• Creative Alchemy Passion Plan
• Dancing Hearts Partnership Certification Program
Podcast Creator and Host:
• Enlightened By Dogs

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