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with Kathy Kawalec

Understanding Your Reactive Dog:

3 Common Mistakes That Make Things Worse
(and What To Do Instead)

How to Build a Trusting, Cooperative Partnership with Your Dog ... Without Obedience Training, Setups, or Constant Overwhelm, Worry, and Stress.


Now, I know that I already do a weekly podcast (and more) to help my dog mom community … but I decided to do something more personal and more focused to facilitate a ‘fresh start’ … a new beginning for a happier life!

It needed to be something available to everyone in my community, not just my Brilliant Partners Academy members, and something that would make a difference right away, without a big learning curve or a lot of time.

So, I’m teaching this 2-hour live online workshop, and you are invited!!

“Beneath every behavior there is a feeling. And beneath each feeling is a need. And when we meet that need rather than focus on the behavior, we begin to deal with the cause, not the symptom.”

I’ll be teaching you about the 3 crucial needs that we need to meet for our dogs. These needs are just not taught, and yet are vital to a safe, cooperative and happy life with our dogs.

In our ‘WHY’ segment, I’ll deep dive into the most important need, the one that trust is just not possible without. And then in our ‘WHAT’ segment, we will dig deeply into two more needs that are MUST-HAVES so your dog can connect and cooperate easily with you.

As social mammals, humans and dogs are literally designed for connection and we want to activate the social engagement system that down-regulates the nervous system triggers to be reactive, fearful or shutdown.

I’m READY to work with you personally at the workshop and get you started with your partnership lifestyle.❤️

You’ll get the printable Understanding Your Reactive Dog workbook pdf and live interactive exercises where I’ll guide you to create your own personal ‘Partnership Quick Start Plan’

Plus: I’ll answer your questions and teach you EXACTLY what you need to know so that you can start enjoying life with YOUR dog right away.

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How we live cooperatively with dogs is about to change in a BIG Way...

Whether you’ve been stuck in a loop of difficult behavior with your dog trying to find the ‘right training tactic’ that will get your dog to listen, or struggling 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 move into modern 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.
Join me to get updated on what it takes to nurture and grow a trusting, cooperative partnership lifestyle with your dog.

A happy and cooperative relationship with our dogs starts with trust.

Many devoted dog moms *believe* that they have trust with their dogs – but really, trust isn’t what they think it is.
When we don’t understand why our dogs are reactive, or anxious, or bark like crazy at everything (or nothing), or only come when it’s convenient (even if our dog is sometimes loving, and happy to work for rewards) … that’s an indicator that we do NOT have a solid trust foundation.
A trusting, loving, cooperative relationship with our dogs starts with US, the dog mom.
Trust, real trust with our dog, happens when we learn to listen deeply, and learn how to cooperate together, and learn how to behave better, together. It’s an ‘US figuring it out together’ kind of lifestyle.
Here’s what I know to be true:
In spite of our differences, dogs and humans are very much alike. We are both intelligent, sentient, socially-dependent mammals who thrive in loving family units where trust in one another helps us all to feel safe, calm and happy.
That means our primary role as dog moms is to grow and protect safety, trust and confidence in us and in our dogs … which leads to calm, connected and thinking behavior … for everyone!

Let me be clear: what I’ll teach you in this workshop is NOT some spin on the same old positive reinforcement dog training tactics that focus on treats, games and transactions so you get an obedient dog. 

We’ll be exploring what it looks like to live in cooperation, how to be the leading co-regulator, how to understand the ROOT underlying causes of dogs behaving ‘badly’.

The thing is … 

Behavior is Communication.

Our dogs can’t talk it out — so they ACT it out.

Misunderstandings and miscommunications lead to escalating communication attempts. (aka: big, and more difficult behavior – lunging, barking, anxiety, fearfulness, meltdowns, shutdowns…)

It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s not supposed to be this way!

If my enlightened and contemporary, leading-edge social sciences approach to living in cooperative partnership with dogs resonates with you, then you will LOVE this workshop. 

And I’d love for you to join us!

*FYI: In case you’re wondering: there is no reason, EVER, NEVER, to use corrections, devices that correct, shock, warn, or any of those dominating, pack-leader, abusive tactics thinly disguised as balanced or natural training. That’s a big, no-budge N-O, I hate that, from me.

If you’re anything like me, or the thousands of dog moms that I have worked with or the tens of thousands of my followers … You will be thrilled and delighted to know that we can successfully live with our dogs in a harmonious, cooperative way that makes our whole life happier, and all of our relationships better. (yes, that includes your hubs, your wife, your kids, your cat and your horse…and your friends and neighbors!)

This workshop is a MUST ATTEND if...

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A Personal Invitation from Kathy...

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 brand new, fresh workshop is a culmination of everything 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 workshop - it's my birthday gift to you!!

See you there!
Kathy xo

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Sunday, November 28th
1-3pm CST (Chicago time)
$ 47
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Phalen and Dee

“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

Bettina and family

“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

Jane with Skye and Hannah crop

“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

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to sign a contract, or commit to a certain amount of time?

No, you may cancel your membership subscription at any time. Simply email Kathy at least 24 hours before your renewal date ... that's it!! Easy peasy.

Is there a guarantee?

Absolutely! Try BPA out for up to 7 Days, and if you don't love it, just send an email to kathy@dancinghearts.org to cancel your membership for a full refund, no questions asked. After 7 days: Stay as long as you want! It's like a family, and many members never leave! Cancel Monthly membership subscription any month. Cancel Annual membership subscription before renewal date.

What if I enjoy training my dog ... will I have to stop my positive reinforcement training?

Absolutely not! In fact, you'll find that your level of success will dramatically increase when you add in this partnership based foundation! Remember ... our partnership lifestyle meets the core needs of our dogs ... and the training is the additional stuff.

I'm really busy...I'm not sure I have time for this.

One of my philosophies in life is to make choices on how to spend my valuable resources like time and money, and choose where my dreams can be nurtured, and I can live the life I envision. I hope you do the same.

Yes, You will need to devote time to watch the video lessons, and catch the coaching calls live or on replay...

Remember: a partnership lifestyle is just that - no need for special training sessions, setups and all that. I want to spend my precious time enjoying my life ... not struggling with unnecessary training ... and I want that for your too. And you have 24/7 access to the entire program for as long as you're a member, so you set the schedule that works for you!

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

Replays!! Many of our BeePees catch the replays - it's so convenient ... and you get to choose what time is best for you.

What if I am not on Facebook? Will I be able to use the program?

Yes. All of our courses, replays, masterclasses, workbooks etc are organized for easy access inside of our members HUB...a special website just for my members to enjoy! That said, there are easy ways for you to join our community discussions which are AWESOME without getting sucked into endless social scrolling. There are apps to help you with that, so that you only go directly into the BPA page. It's worth it, really!! But it's also ok if you don't. xo

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