169 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
    • 4.9 • 553 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.

    #170: How To Avoid Too Much Drilling

    #170: How To Avoid Too Much Drilling

    In this episode, we discuss tradeoffs when using systematic “drills” to isolate specific aspects of an exercise, drills help us isolate specific aspects of an exercise and give us the advantage of Deliberate Practice for expertise, what is meant by “fun”?, play and fun often introduce more variability as well as a dialogue, strategies to protect myself from myself, using “play sandwiches” to break up a session, training overlapping skills in the same session, and using “different-but-not-harder” creatively for novelty and flexibility.
    For full show notes and transcript, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/170
    This podcast is supported by MET Conference 2023: www.metconference.com/

    • 40 min
    #169: Advocating For Your Dog with Erin Moore

    #169: Advocating For Your Dog with Erin Moore

    In this episode, we discuss what inspired Erin’s Tiktok, what advocating for our dogs even means, why does it matter?, what gets in the way?, how does trauma affect our ability to advocate?, what societal factors may be in play?, and how can we support ourselves and each other?
    For full show notes and transcript, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/169
    This podcast is supported by Karen Pryor Clicker Training's Brand-New On Cue! Training Treats: clickertraining.com/treats

    • 1 hr 53 min
    #168: Things That Are Saving My Life Right Now

    #168: Things That Are Saving My Life Right Now

    In this episode, we discuss why everything is hard (just kidding, no answers here. Why IS everything so hard?); behaviors, routines, and material acquisitions that are helping take the edge off; behaviors that reduce my daily annoyance level and make it easier to enjoy my dogs (stationing/crating from a distance, putting their own collars on, picking up my ear buds when they fall, especially under furniture, Cavaletti, front and back paw targets); routines (nail trimmers on same hook as leashes, feeding out of slow feeders, Zoom training meetups); and material acquisitions (dry erase sleeves, pony jet, Bissel machine, slime flat tire machine).
    For full show notes and transcript, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/168
    This podcast is supported by Karen Pryor Clicker Training's Brand-New On Cue! Training Treats: clickertraining.com/treats

    • 51 min
    #167: What is Ethics About and Why Should We Care?

    #167: What is Ethics About and Why Should We Care?

    In this episode, we discuss what are “ethics” and why should we care?, can we answer the question “am I a good person?, how can we measure welfare?, the five freedoms/five domains of welfare, every animal has right to freedom from, hunger, thirst, discomfort/injury, and to express normal behavior, guidelines for beneficence: even if some good comes, can’t outweigh the harm done to the group that were subjects.
    "Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one." - Marcus Aurelius
    For full show notes and transcript, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/167
    This podcast is supported by Karen Pryor Clicker Training's Brand-New On Cue! Training Treats: clickertraining.com/treats

    • 2 hr 3 min
    #166: Why is Shaping So Hard?, Pt. 2

    #166: Why is Shaping So Hard?, Pt. 2

    In this episode, we discuss why we often consider shaping to be an advanced technique, why I think it doesn’t have to/shouldn’t be that way, why I think how many of us first learned about shaping is contributing to the problem, how the expectations we have around shaping (based on how we were taught) might be getting in the way of doing good training, the two expectations that can get in the way: that shaping is linear and that it should be spontaneous, changing how we think about shaping to consider the whole ABC contingency can allow us to do better training without having to struggle so much, how you can set yourself and your dog up for success and it is still shaping!, there is no cheating in shaping as long as you are being honest with yourself (and your dog), setting up for success means a lot more than just training in a low distraction environment, the shaping staircase is a great model for teaching someone about the concept of successive approximation, but it is limiting in real life application, consider building behaviors from components, the first “step” in your shaping plan may look nothing like the final behavior and it might even seem to be farther away from your goal than where you are now!
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/166
    This podcast is supported by Karen Pryor Clicker Training's Brand-New On Cue! Training Treats: clickertraining.com/treats

    • 46 min
    #165: Why is Shaping So Hard?, Pt. 1

    #165: Why is Shaping So Hard?, Pt. 1

    In this episode, we discuss why we often consider shaping to be an advanced technique, why I think it doesn’t have to/shouldn’t be that way, why I think how many of us first learned about shaping is contributing to the problem, how the expectations we have around shaping (based on how we were taught) might be getting in the way of doing good training, the two expectations that can get in the way: that shaping is linear and that it should be spontaneous, changing how we think about shaping to consider the whole ABC contingency can allow us to do better training without having to struggle so much, you can set yourself and your dog up for success and it is still shaping!, there is no cheating in shaping as long as you are being honest with yourself (and your dog), and setting up for success means a lot more than just training in a low distraction environment.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/165
    This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: hannahbranigan.dog/z2cd/

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
553 Ratings

553 Ratings

GWP Guy ,

A Truly Great Podcast

I’m an amateur gun dog trainer and over the past few years I’ve been looking for opportunities to learn more about positive reinforcement methods that I can apply. This podcast has been a major breakthrough for me and it exceeds all expectations. I’ve learned tons directly from the podcast (Hannah is a great host - working to break things down into bite size and memorable pieces that can be applied every day). The podcast has also helped me connect with so many other great resources through her guests. All that and I’m only just listening to podcasts from 2020, as I’ve gone back and started listening from the beginning!

Thank you Hannah!

DeaneBeanGardenKwing ,

Love this podcast

Listening is fun and informative. Hannah is an entertaining host with a wealth of knowledge. I find it accessible as someone relatively new to the training world. My dogs have certainly benefited from the information I’ve learned here.

LouiseSh87 ,

Just brilliant

The best dog training podcast out there (trust me I’ve listened to a lot of them)! Practical and insightful.

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