145 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 • 37 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.

    BONUS: I CU Are Stuck

    BONUS: I CU Are Stuck

    Bonus episode! Here's a preview of my upcoming Conference Unleashed session with Leslie McDevitt, which we're calling "I CU Are Stuck."
    Conference Unleashed is taking place virtually on November 5-7. To hear Leslie and my full session, sign up for the conference here: www.cleanrun.com/product/conferen…erence/index.cfm
    For full bonus episode notes, visit: hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/bonus-i-cu-are-stuck/

    • 35 min
    146: Sniffing and Marking

    146: Sniffing and Marking

    In this episode, we discuss handling **unwanted sniffing in training, the connection to sniffing and urine marking, how to teach sniffing on cue, using Premack's principle, and ways to split to engineer setups so that you can create a progression.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/146
    This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT

    • 34 min
    #145: Getting Out of a Training Funk

    #145: Getting Out of a Training Funk

    It seems like so many of us are getting stuck in a funk with our training lately for one reason or another... or maybe for all the reasons at the same time. I don't know about you, but I keep thinking it has to get better at some point, but it seems like it keeps getting harder and harder, doesn't it? Still, unless we are going to give up entirely and sink into the swamps of sadness, we have to find some way to keep on and get those dogs trained. Let's take a look at some possible strategies that maybe you haven't tried yet to break out of that funk.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/145
    This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT

    • 44 min
    #144: Pet Trainer Roundtable

    #144: Pet Trainer Roundtable

    In this episode, we discuss all kinds of topics related to working with pet owners and training life skills, the first behavior you teach a new team, the most important thing for a pet owner to learn, what do most pet owners get wrong about dog training, what's the deal with dog daycare and dog parks, how do you talk about reinforcement, what kind of language do you use with pet owners, bridging the gap between learning skills in class and using them in real life, and how to deal with unrealistic expectations.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/144
    This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT

    • 1 hr 34 min
    #143: Can You Reinforce Fear?

    #143: Can You Reinforce Fear?

    In this episode, we discuss can you reinforce fear?, have you heard that you shouldn't console your frightened dog, that might "reinforce" the fear? (That's kind of unempathetic, isn't it?), and the more progressive message to dog owners is that you can't reinforce fear, because fear is an emotion.
    But, for the true behavior nerds though, it might be fun to go a little deeper?, what is fear?, what is reinforcement?, the importance of looking at the function of behavior, what fear tells us about contingencies, what can we do about it?, and how I handle my personal dog's fear during thunderstorms.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/143
    This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT

    • 30 min
    #142: Training Herding Skills with Claire Apple

    #142: Training Herding Skills with Claire Apple

    In this episode, we discuss what reinforcers are in play in herding behavior, marking and rewarding the dog for the human's behavior, training skills out of context, the heretical use of food during herding, switching reinforcement, and behaviors you can train at home to prepare for your herding lesson (when you don't have sheep of your own).
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/142
    This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 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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