183 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
    • 4.8 • 599 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.

    #184: What's Wrong with "Drilling"?

    #184: What's Wrong with "Drilling"?

    In this episode we dig into the concept of drilling, and how it applies in dog training. It’s pretty common for most of us to have an emotional response just to the term itself - for good reason! But is there any baby in this bathwater?
    In this episode, we discuss that drilling is significant for skill acquisition in various contexts beyond dog training, our emotional responses to drilling are shaped by personal experiences and the nature of the activity, a good drill should isolate core components of skills for focused practice and efficiency, coercive drilling methods that ignore the learner’s needs lead to negative associations and even hinder learning, repetition alone is insufficient for learning; reinforcement and iterative adjustments are critical, deliberate practice involves observing, learning, and modifying activities based on feedback, mindless repetition without feedback and adjustment does not lead to improvement, continuous improvement requires proactive engagement and measured adjustments based on outcomes, and seeking help and guidance when progress stalls is essential for effective skill development.
    For full show notes and transcript, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/184
    This podcast is supported by MET Conference 2024: www.metconference.com/

    • 34 min
    #183: Demand Barking, Part 3, with Kiki Yablon

    #183: Demand Barking, Part 3, with Kiki Yablon

    In this episode, we discuss the history behind Kiki’s master’s thesis project, Signaled Differential Reinforcement of Other Behavior to Address Excessive Vocalization in Dogs, what gave her the idea - the case of the dog barking when guests are over, how training stay on a mat actually seems to have caused the problem, the new strategy - signalling that food will not be available when towel was hung up (“if this van’s a rocking”), a discussion of DRO w/o extinction, and does this strategy apply to other behaviors like demand whining?
    For full show notes and transcript, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/183
    This podcast is supported by MET Conference 2024: www.metconference.com/

    • 2 hr 1 min
    #182: Demand Barking, Part 2

    #182: Demand Barking, Part 2

    In this episode, we discuss using concepts around stimulus control to stop demand barking before it stops, how cues create expectations of what reinforcement is available, using naturally occurring events that are already built into your routine to signal when reinforcement is available and when it is not, overly-simplified reminders of including good dog household management, which you already know, but sometimes it’s good to hear it again, teaching the stand up-sit down game, and principles to apply these strategies in your own home.
    For full show notes and transcript, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/182
    This podcast is supported by MET Conference 2024: www.metconference.com/

    • 46 min
    #181: Demand Barking, Part 1

    #181: Demand Barking, Part 1

    In this episode, we are talking about Demand Barking. This is a three-part series, at least for now. For the first two episodes, I’ll be sharing my thoughts and what I’ve learned about working with dogs that “demand” bark. And then for the 3rd episode, we’ll talk to a guest on the subject!
    In this episode, we discuss how barking isn’t just one behavior, it’s actually a lot of different behaviors that we lump into one category, in order to figure out what to do about problematic barking, we need to know what the function of that behavior is, we discuss the emotional underpinnings of the behavior we often label “demand barking”, why that matters, and why I keep using air quotes around those words, why I’m no longer so invested in the most common advice, which is to ignore the dog, and we start getting into some other strategies to try out instead, like teaching a range of alternate behaviors that your dog can use to get their needs met - that you actively reinforce - that are not quite as annoying as being screamed at.
    For full show notes and transcript, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/181
    This podcast is supported by MET Conference 2024: www.metconference.com/

    • 44 min
    #180: Building Food Drive and Nuanced Reinforcement with Ashlee Osborn

    #180: Building Food Drive and Nuanced Reinforcement with Ashlee Osborn

    In this episode we discuss the importance of getting really, really good at working with reinforcement, how the topic of reinforcement and using it in training is FAR more nuanced than most trainers recognize, food is probably the most convenient reinforcement but it does require specific conditioning and strategies to use effectively in training, Ashlee’s game, Clockwork - a fancy application of treat tossing that specifies where and when to toss for clients, and building motivation for food even when dogs are really just not into it.
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/180
    This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: www.zerotocd.com

    • 1 hr 41 min
    #179: More Strategies to Reduce Errors

    #179: More Strategies to Reduce Errors

    In the last episode, we talked about what errorless learning really means. And I shared a few strategies that might make it easier to apply in your training.
    Of course, the major benefit to using errorless learning concepts in your training is the outcome of behaviors with a cleaner learning history and less emotional baggage.
    Of course, we don’t want attempts to avoid errors to mean we also avoid making progress. We still want to get where we’re going, just with fewer wrong turns.
    In this episode we discuss behavioral momentum, using behavioral momentum to avoid a lack of response to your cues (a common form of error), the importance of starting with low criteria and be in a position to raise that criteria quickly, rather than starting with an error and being forced to lower that criteria (Thanks, Bob Bailey!), examples from starting a heeling session, to working with distance on go outs, to teaching a pony to move forward on cue, using an indirect, “lateral” approach to selecting your criteria to avoid hammering on the most fragile aspect of a behavior you are trying to train, examples include teaching hold with duration (after breaking it), and working around emotionally-loaded challenges with heeling or loose-leash walking, and probably other things I forgot!
    For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/179
    This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: www.zerotocd.com

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
599 Ratings

599 Ratings

Alicia Sweezer ,

Amazing Podcast!

Hannah does a great job of talking about a variety of topics to help dog lovers. I learned a lot in the episode with Jennifer Shryock.

StoneDog Designs ,

LOVE this podcast!! It’s PAWSOME!!

Hannah is smart funny and very relatable. Started with her first show and I am working my way through them ALL. Taking notes along the way as I continue to grow as a trainer. So much to learn and so little time but Hannah explains many possible difficult concepts so very well.

Filly Bu$ter ,

Frustrating to listen to

This is could be a good podcast if the host would stop rambling on & on and not ever letting her guests speak. Learn to self edit.

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