“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, there will be peace.”

- Jimi Hendrix

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What if the Best Case Scenario Happens?

I have to confess...dogs used to be my favorite species, but the quest to understand behavior has led me to realize that I also really love humans!

We are more similar than we are different. We need belonging, safety, and satisfaction. And yet our unique experiences can teach aspects of love that we would never comprehend if we were all the same. Over and over, the lesson is Love.

I interview passionate community builders who express their love for humanity by sharing what they know about how to thrive. That includes songwriters, actors, authors, psychologists, sex coaches, activists, biologists, and more. I do have one restriction, though: every guest must have a dog, so we can geek out and tie things into dog behavior.

Life, in all of it's complexity and messiness, is an opportunity to learn about connecting to others on a being-to-being level. We are are all doing the best we can with the information we have. We learn by being vulnerable and honest, circling back to do better next time. Learning is in our DNA. We are all worthy of Love.

I’m talking big “L” Love, unconditional awareness of kinship that filters through every aspect of our human experience. The kind of love where we want every being to thrive, and do what we can to empower happiness and end suffering for all. The kind of love where we share our 'mistakes' so we can all learn. 

Explore how each of us can dissolve barriers to authentic connection between people, dogs, and other beings. Wisdom weaves through people in ways we might not expect. I invite your curious mind to come play in this new space.

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  • Thriving people have more bandwidth to care for other beings, including dogs. This podcast isn't just about dogs, but it's in line with my mission to make the world safer and more pleasant for dogs.

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  • We start the conversations excavating gems of wisdom these experts in their field are keen to share (their life’s work) and then we will dig into the experience of the dog(s) in their lives.

  • I respond to any behavior questions that podcasts guests have and together we spark leaps of compassionate intuition, connecting the dots between how we help dogs thrive and how people can thrive, too.

  • Want to nominate an inspiring, inquisitive, open-hearted person (with a dog) for the podcast? Select the podcast guest proposal option on our contact form.

  • May you know you are loved. May you be safe. May you live a life of meaning and purpose. ❤️🦋🙏🌈

Podcast Host

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Author

Grisha Stewart MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

I'm a collaborative dog trainer, author, podcaster, international presenter, and keynote speaker based in Oregon, USA. I enjoy developing empowering approaches to dog socialization and everyday manners.

I'm fascinated by animal behavior, somatic awareness, and psychology. I'm passionate about wholehearted living for all beings, including dogs with a history of aggression, frustration, or fear as well as puppies and my other favorite species: humans.

My Behavior Adjustment Training technique (BAT 2.0 and the new BAT 3.0) is used worldwide to help dogs gain confidence and social skills. A conservative calculation is that well over 200,000 people have learned about BAT so far.

I have always loved teaching. I earned a Master's in mathematics and taught college courses, but I found my true calling in dog training. I have been teaching dog training and behavior since 2003. In 2010, I started traveling worldwide to teach dog trainers about BAT. In 2014 I developed BAT 2.0 and also started my online dog training and behavior school, which now has over 100 classes from my favorite emotionally intelligent dog experts. My new podcast, The Lesson is Love launches in 2023.

As an outgoing introvert, I enjoy traveling to cooperative conferences and love teaching about dogs online. I refresh my batteries by savoring life in the woods with my husband (Tom), Labrador (Joey), cat (Garbanzo aka "Adventure Kitty" and "Baby Panther"), and Little Brown Dog (Zuki).

Karen Faith is next up! We release episodes on the third Thursday.

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