EBD141 Boundaries Around Biting


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By Kathy Kawalec. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Setting boundaries for our dogs is so important, especially when it comes to biting from excitement or over-arousal. A lot of the misunderstanding comes from the idea of setting boundaries because boundaries mean strict restrictions, right? Well, not exactly.

When setting boundaries for your dog, you actually help to build trust. You see, the one thing that our dogs need to trust us is the same thing we often get wrong, and it’s time to change that.

As a dog mom of two Border Collies who had “excitement biting issues,” Kathy understands the frustration associated with a dog who tends to bite when they are too excited. In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy shares two personal stories of how she set boundaries with her two Border Collies, Luc and Kate. She then wraps up the episode by sharing four key tips to help you too. Enjoy!

In this episode:

  • Why dogs need boundaries
  • How Kathy got her Border Collie puppy to stop biting
  • What behavior from Kathy stopped her excitable dog from charging and biting
  • How to set boundaries for your dog in a way that builds trust
  • Four tips to help calm you and your dog


“Boundaries allow both partners to feel comfortable and positive.”

“I really want dogs to try to figure things out for themselves and communicate in a way that that's really clear.”

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