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Drinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training

Author: Hannah Branigan

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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.
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In this episode, we discuss the difference between normal awareness and hypervigilance, how anxious dogs perceive their environment, how to play the Look at That game (LAT), the way environmental cues can transfer and how we can use that to our advantage, and Leslie's new twist on the original LAT game, which she calls LATTE. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/135 This podcast is supported by Behind the Scenes & Patreon: hannahbranigan.dog/backstage-pass www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss how to signal the end of a training session, why it matters, how you end a training session matters as much as how you begin one, preventing practicing good behavior without reinforcement, reducing frustration by having clear cues for when reinforcement is available and when it isn't, what to do in the last moments leading up to the end of a session, and strategies for keeping the end of a session positive without undermining your training. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/134 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss what we mean when we say "data," the whole point of recording any data at all, quantitative vs. qualitative, why any data is better than no data, dfferent kinds of information you might want to record, and ideas to include recording data in your routine without interrupting the flow of your training session. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/133 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss how humans tend to be visually oriented, animals might respond more significantly to other senses, what variables might influence how an animal reacts to a prop or target, how to deconstruct what sensory elements might be associated with a response, and the importance of staying curious and questioning our "stories" whether they are right or not! **Note: I messed up in the intro. Carrie co-founded Reptelligence with Alex Konold. Peter joined in 2018. Sorry! For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/132 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss what is a LIMA being?, how did this project evolve?, why is it so hard to apply positive reinforcement principles to ourselves and other people?, and strategies for changing how your own behavior is reinforced. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/131 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss what "enrichment" is and why we should care, whether enrichment is part of training or whether training is part of enrichment, what we mean when we say "meeting the animal's needs," whether we can just get a checklist of things to do, why behavioral diversity matters, the importance of measuring outcome, categories of enrichment, and the importance of choice and agency. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/130 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss how we can apply dog training principles to interacting with humans, why people might think using R+ on people might be manipulative, breaking down skills for human learners just like we do for dogs, don't blow a reinforcement opportunity by using punishment, just because it took so long to get the behavior, and finding empathy for yourself and your human subjects. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/129 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss what your options are when starting from scratch trying to shape behavior, how you can get stuck when trying to shape behavior and your animal isn't offering much, considerations when making changes to the environment to get behavior started, changing the environment to stimulate new behavior, thinking about reinforcement beyond food, how to improve your observational skills to be a better trainer and not die of boredom in the process, and increasing variability and building a larger behavioral repertoire. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/128 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss when to change a cue, just because a cue doesn't seem to be working does not mean it's the cue's fault, when it's a training or fluency issue, when the cue itself is actually broken, when it's too close to an existing cue, whether your cue is poisoned, and two options for changing cues if you need to. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/127 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
#126: Guide to Treats

#126: Guide to Treats

2020-12-0252:25

In this episode, we discuss three possible treat categories - "snacks", enrichment/management, and treats for training, some basic principles for treats selection, how many treats it's ok to give a dog, how snacks matter, but they are different than training treats, what qualities make treats more or less effective for training, why mechanics, timing and delivery, matter more than the actual treat itself, and special cases of training with treats - small dogs and dogs with food allergies. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/126 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss who makes the decision - the vet, the trainer, or the pet owner; how behavioral euthanasia is an "active choice" rather than a default decision - there is no formula, and this isn’t something that someone has to do because of a specific behavior pattern or problem, but rather an option that may be actively chosen due to safety or quality of life concerns that aren’t able to be mitigated; how professionals can support and guide pet owners through the process; the issues of guilt and shame associated with deciding to euthanize an otherwise healthy dog; and the importance of self-care and good boundaries. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/125 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss why training eye contact is so fulfilling for humans, the other benefits of training eye contact as a behavior, whether dogs hate making eye contact, the drawbacks to training eye contact, how you can make sure your dog's behavior is "voluntary," situations where eye contact might be helpful, and how you can avoid training problems associated with too much eye contact training. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/124 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss what is so cool about herding, what kinds of dogs can do herding, what is herding instinct, are there things we can train at home to prepare for herding, and what kinds of reinforcers are relevant in herding. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/123 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss the challenges of training behaviors that require another person, using remote reinforcement strategies to give you a way to practice, a little zen bowl, the advantages of role-playing a judge, groomer, or vet with your own dog as an initial shaping step, and preventing a plateau by incorporating the Different Every Day game into these sessions. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/122 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
#121: Training Alone

#121: Training Alone

2020-10-0737:48

In this episode we discuss what makes training alone so hard, obstacles and challenges, what is GOOD about training by yourself (it's not all doom and gloom!), some ideas for motivating yourself, tracking progress and staying on track. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/121 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss what makes living with a reactive dog hard in addition to the top three skills that make life easier. While we're at it, we discuss how the pandemic brought about surprising changes, too! For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/120 This podcast is supported by Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we talk about training stations and the multitude of ways to get geeky about laying down on a mat! For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/119 This podcast is supported by Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss why diversity matters, what we can do to promote inclusion in the industry, and how Ken's personal experience influences his thinking. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/118 This podcast is supported by Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we are geeking out with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz on shaping, Conditioned Emotional Responses, and more. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/117 This podcast is supported by Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DFTT
In this episode, we discuss what a prompt and lure are, why you would want to fade a prompt (or not), options for techniques, and the number one thing to avoid. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/116 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
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Comments (16)

Michael Taylor

Nervousness vs. Excitement, very interesting

Oct 21st
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Elizabeth Traxler

I talk about this a lot, so this podcast episode is one of my favorites! I love DFTT anyway, but I love this episode a lot!

Aug 5th
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Pamela Parker

omg, the dance space visual!

Jul 29th
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Sheri Wooldridge

Takes 14 minutes to finally get to a helpful point.

May 25th
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manos

when you get excited reading the title and 20 min in they're still on birds😂

May 8th
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Anita Chalmer

who was the horse trainer, Alex ...

May 5th
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Pamela Parker

omg, my brain hurts! fascinating!

Mar 27th
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Pamela Parker

Hannah and John, this is one of the best discussions I have heard in a long time. I am going to listen again, when not driving so I can take notes. so many fabulous quotes, so many great tips, so many funny, true, useful thoughts.

Mar 8th
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Pamela Parker

my new favorite podcast! I get to geek out on the way to work, listening to someone smart, funny, creative and a little wacky about dog training.

Feb 22nd
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Karen Smith

Crying (happy tears) at episode 28 because it puts so many of my feelings into words!

Feb 11th
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Karen Smith

This is so helpful, and not just in regards to dog training.

Jan 3rd
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Pepsi-Joe Cook

This was a great one!! I always have issues with teaching one of my personal dogs to hold something for a duration in his mouth . But once I heard this podcast and took videos of me working with him, I have figured out where I was making mistakes and unintentionally teaching my dog to hold for 2 seconds and then start moving the item in his mouth or dropping it. Cant wait to really nail this behavior -Thanks Hannah!

Aug 11th
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Elizabeth Traxler

I love this podcast! As a dog pro and a dog owner, as well as a North Carolinian, I love this podcast. It's so FUN!

Jan 15th
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