163 episodes

A behind-the-scenes look into the reality of dog training, behavior, teaching, and learning. We love our dogs, we love our jobs, but sometimes it's not all unicorns and rainbows. Sometimes at the end of the day, you just need a drink and friend who gets it. We'll keep it fun, and keep it real.

Drinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training Hannah Branigan

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.7 • 41 Ratings

A behind-the-scenes look into the reality of dog training, behavior, teaching, and learning. We love our dogs, we love our jobs, but sometimes it's not all unicorns and rainbows. Sometimes at the end of the day, you just need a drink and friend who gets it. We'll keep it fun, and keep it real.

    #164: Play & Aggression with Karen London

    #164: Play & Aggression with Karen London

    In this episode, we discuss what could aggression possibly have to do with play?, the importance of engaging in play for behavioral wellness, what do we mean when we are talking about play in this context?, and how Karen incorporates play into her protocols when working with aggressive behavior.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/164
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    • 1 hr 43 min
    #163: Is It Really R+ or Could It Actually Be R- (With a Cherry on Top)?

    #163: Is It Really R+ or Could It Actually Be R- (With a Cherry on Top)?

    In this episode, we discuss, can we use a tactile cue like leash pressure to train in an R+ framework or is it still just R- that we put a treat on top of to make us feel better?, putting food in the picture doesn’t necessarily make it positive reinforcement, so how can we tell what contingencies are really in play?, review what we mean by positive and negative reinforcement, an example of a situation that I thought I was training with R+ but now I’m realizing it’s really R-, despite my best intentions, questions I can ask myself (and my dog)-- am I escalating the cue or stimulus to get the behavior to happen?, do I have feelings about consequences should my dog not perform the behavior?, what happens if I apply that tactile stimulus in a different context outside of a training session?, what other behaviors - emotional behaviors and other behaviors - are happening at the same time or in this context? Are they behaviors otherwise associated with positive reinforcement? Or are they more consistent with escape/delay/avoidance?, can I use the cue (the tactile stimulus) to shape another behavior? (ala start button behaviors!)-- how to minimize the chance that a stimulus is functioning as an aversive by teaching the behavior first without that stimulus and then adding it as a cue second.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/163
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    • 38 min
    #162: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 2, with Dr. Michaela Hempen

    #162: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 2, with Dr. Michaela Hempen

    In this episode, we discuss a question from one of my favorite listeners about a stereotypic/compulsive tail chasing behavior in her dog, brainstorming steps one might take when unpacking a stereotypic (I’m practicing my language!) behavior problem, taking a baseline to help with staying objective about the training, identifying and testing possible variables that might be part of the antecedent, considerations when selecting a goal or replacement behavior, and layering in relevant pieces of the antecedent or trigger while maintaining a clean loop. We also get a little bit deep pondering on how much power really have to influence behavior, even ones we’d never thought we could affect.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/162
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    • 35 min
    #161: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 1, with Dr. Michaela Hempen

    #161: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 1, with Dr. Michaela Hempen

    In this episode, we discuss what are compulsive behaviors?, using the language of stereotypy vs compulsive to describe this category of behaviors, cribbing behavior in horses and the effects on welfare, and a case study of Blondie, including getting a baseline, changing the environment for training sessions, introducing new behaviors to expand her repertoire, the plan to integrate training into life, and where Blondie is now and the state of her cribbing behavior.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/161
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    #160: Spring Clean up for Dog Trainers, Pt 3: The Things We Overlook

    #160: Spring Clean up for Dog Trainers, Pt 3: The Things We Overlook

    This week we are finishing up our Spring Cleaning series... you’ve already organized all your resources you’ve collected over the weekend, you’ve worked out a new better system for your planning and record keeping and this time you’ve got the magic one that will actually work.
    Now let’s get to the training itself! Wouldn’t it be cool if you kept your training clean all the time? Then there would be nothing to do here!
    What are the things you put off? The built up dirt and grime that’s been hidden or not so hidden?
    What are the things where if you tackled that project finally would make everything else easier?
    In this episode, we discuss cleaning up your reinforcement mechanics, sharpening reinforcement procedures like toy play skills, have you found yourself rushing your “out” lately?, managing criteria in sequences and chains, and tightening up session structure behaviors and filling in gaps.
    Are there any other places where your training baseboards are getting grimy? Maybe a sloppy cue you’ve been meaning to address? Some other behavior that’s been collecting dust for a while? I’d love to know what makes your list!
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/160
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    • 34 min
    #159: Mentorship with John Anthony Shahor

    #159: Mentorship with John Anthony Shahor

    In this episode, we discuss what does mentorship mean?, what makes a good mentor?, what makes a good mentee?, how can you get the most out of a mentorship relationship?, and what is the most important thing to focus on to be a better mentor?
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/159
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    • 1 hr 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Grovers girl ,

Deaf Dogs Rule!

Hi Hannah,
I recently adopted a deaf dog and while I consider myself a competent trainer, this girl completely overwhelmed me in regards to getting her attention and being able to play with her. It appears that she has never had toys to play with, or at least, didn’t know what to do with them.
I stumbled across your podcast and have dived in deep! While I don’t have a full understanding of some of your terminology, which I have to madly google while listening, what I have gained is confidence in myself and a mind blown insight as to how a dog learns.
We’ve got a long way to go but it’s in a forward direction, rather than a backwards one.
Thank you so much for your insights
Kim and Daisy Dog

Dogo love life ,

I LOVE UR PODCAST!

My 1st dog is Koah
I have leant so much thx hanna

ArinyaElla ,

Simply fantastic (though never simple!)

As a long time dog trainer Hannah has helped me find the love for competitions again and goal focused training. My dog are loving it, I’m loving it, it all great.
Hannah challenges the listener to ‘use their words’ and analyse the training their doing, it really has given me inspiration again after retiring my amazing ‘heart dog’ to go grab one of the younger dogs, get some goals and get going. Thanks heaps though I do look a bit odd laughing by myself in the car!

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