143 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 • 495 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.

    #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
    #141: Learning and Memory in Dog Training with Marsha Penner

    #141: Learning and Memory in Dog Training with Marsha Penner

    In this episode, we discuss what dog trainers need to know about memory, the fun mashup between neuroscience and behavior, how positive associations spread through neural networks, and wanting vs. liking.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/141
    This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT

    • 1 hr 43 min
    #140: Reinforcement for Gun Dogs

    #140: Reinforcement for Gun Dogs

    In this episode, we discuss what reinforcers are in play when training and working with hunting dogs, working with behaviors when the reinforcers might be hiding out in a bush where you can't control them, and strategies for breaking down critical distractions for gun dog training.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/140
    This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
495 Ratings

495 Ratings

TrainingGeek ,

#141 with Marsha

Enjoyed so much. Marsha Penner is a great pick and hope she will do a ‘sequel’ and a third… I am on 2nd listen and looking up various studies & concepts-so much to think about. She also has great looking website. Thanks for introducing her to audience.
Love all your podcasts and content Hannah. Thanks for doing all you do and being YOU!

paulasdogs ,

CAT

I really learned a lot about CAT. I use it a lot in my business. It’s all about choices, safety and respect. I have found that teaching my clients that dogs are just like us, helps them get a real clear picture into their dogs emotions. I always use the “going to a party and everyone is a stranger.” analogy. I ask clients, how do you feel and what is your reactions? I think empathy for the dog is crucial.
I really love your podcast Hannah, Thank you for giving me another opportunity to learn while driving. 😀
Paula Shimko KPACTP

amswiss ,

behavioral euthanasia

This podcast is a gem!
Question: During the podcast with Dr. Pachel you don’t discuss the bigger picture. Every day, so many healthy, go lucky dogs are euthanized while we pour all resources into one dog. The case of the dog who’s on medication cocktail #8, must wear a muzzle constantly, and is confined to his home, makes me doubt about his and the human’s life quality. Plus management always fails. As a professional dog trainer, I struggle so much with this. I look at the animal and human in front of me and see the suffering, yet I also see the love and bond they share. I have had cases where speaking about how many dogs need a loving home, and by setting their heart dog free they will ‘save’ one more animal, has helped with the decision. Could you address this in a part 2?

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