Published on:

11th Apr 2023

Understanding Trauma, Part Three

TW: Trauma, abuse, SH

In this episode, Nikki and Britteny finish up the effects of trauma to the brain. Knowing which state your dog's brain is in can help you build empathy and true understanding to how you should meet him where he is.

This is a difficult episode. We highly recommend you have coping strategies put in place! Nikki's was a spicy margarita and Britt's was a bourbon drink. Afterwards, they stuffed their face with Crab Legs and Prime Rib while laughing at Nikki's dad's humor.

Next week's episode will conclude our trauma series. We will be giving you directions on how to help your dog with his trauma and building resilience.



If you or anyone you know are in need of a trauma specialist for yourself, please use this link to find a professional near you.

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DogSpeak: Redefining Dog Training
Talking behavior and giving owners the tools they need to improve their relationship with their dog.

Understand your dog better with DogSpeak founder, Nikki Ivey--a professional Canine Behavior Specialist, trainer and Family Dog Mediator. Learn why it's not about just fixing your dog's behavior but about understanding why the behavior is occurring. Nikki often shares the mic with wife and DogSpeak manager, Britteny, along with other fantastic guests. Whether the discussion is about real life manners, inappropriate behavior or nutrition, this podcast has it all. We focus on building relationships, not dictatorships. Learn more about DogSpeak and Nikki Ivey by checking out www.dogspeak101.com. Become a Patreon member by visiting www.patreon.com/dogspeak 

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Nikki Ivey

Nikki Ivey is DogSpeak's™ founder, trainer and canine behavioral specialist. She is a certified Family Dog Mediator and Pet Food Nutrition Specialist. She has been training dogs and their owners since 1996. Nikki primarily works with dogs displaying behavioral issues such as dog and human aggression, fear and anxiety. In addition to in-home sessions, she hosts the DogSpeak™ podcast, and teaches multiple workshops and seminars.

Nikki is a former search and rescue handler, instructor and trainer.

Nikki owned and operated one of the first daycare facilities in the Nashville area, and now assists daycare and kennel owners in their own facilities. She has also written multiple books and produced several online courses to assist pet owners, business owners and their staff, and rescue organizations.

In her free time, Nikki enjoys spending time with her family (including 2 dogs and 3 cats), working out and hosting The Full Breakdown podcast with co-host, Julie Roberts.