A dog training podcast for serious behavior nerds

A behind-the-scenes look into the reality of dog training, behavior, 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 a friend who gets it.

With a heavy dose of humor and a side of empathy, we explore high-level behavior science concepts mixed with real conversations and practical training advice. We keep it nerdy, relatable, and real.

Latest episodes

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

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

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #183: Demand Barking, Part 3, with Kiki Yablon Guest: Kiki Yablon Kiki Yablon, CPDT-KA, is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and faculty member as well as a co-instructor for Susan Friedman’s BehaviorWorks. She holds a master’s degree in applied behavioral science from the University […]

Podcast #182: Demand Barking, Part 2

Podcast #182: Demand Barking, Part 2

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #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 […]

Podcast #181: Demand Barking, Part 1

Podcast #181: Demand Barking, Part 1

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #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 […]

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

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

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #180: Building Food Drive and Nuanced Reinforcement with Ashlee Osborn Guest: Ashlee Osborn Ashlee Osborn is a certified dog trainer with over 10 years of experience caring for and training dogs and their people. She founded Pawsitive Pups Academy in 2021; an Omaha, Nebraska based mobile […]

Podcast #179: More Strategies to Reduce Errors

Podcast #179: More Strategies to Reduce Errors

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #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 […]

Podcast #177: Dr. Clive Wynne Says Some Controversial Things About Dominance

Podcast #177: Dr. Clive Wynne Says Some Controversial Things About Dominance

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #177: Dr. Clive Wynne Says Some Controversial Things About Dominance Guest: Dr. Clive Wynne Born in England, Clive Wynne studied at University College London and the University of Edinburgh. He has served on the faculty of the University of Western Australia, and the University of Florida, […]

Podcast #176: Taking Short Cuts with Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing with Kiki Yablon

Podcast #176: Taking Short Cuts with Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing with Kiki Yablon

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #176: Taking Short Cuts with Stimulus-Stimulus Pairing with Kiki Yablon Guest: Kiki Yablon Kiki Yablon is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Karen Pryor Academy faculty member, and co-instructor for Susan Friedman’s BehaviorWorks, and holds a master’s degree in applied behavioral […]

Podcast #175: Over the Top – High Arousal in Dogs

Podcast #175: Over the Top – High Arousal in Dogs

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #175: Over the Top – High Arousal in Dogs Guests: Leslie McDevitt & Lindsay Wood Brown Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is the author of the internationally popular Control Unleashed series of books and DVDs. Her books have been translated into many languages; people all over […]

Podcast #174: Families with Dogs and Kids with Jennifer Shryock

Podcast #174: Families with Dogs and Kids with Jennifer Shryock

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #174: Families with Dogs and Kids with Jennifer Shryock Guest: Jennifer Shryock Jennifer Shryock, Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), is the owner and founder of Family Paws® LLC. She has a certification from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a special education degree with […]

Podcast #173: Dealing with Problem Behaviors – Using Alternate Behaviors

Podcast #173: Dealing with Problem Behaviors – Using Alternate Behaviors

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #173: Dealing with Problem Behaviors – Using Alternate Behaviors In this episode we discuss: The first step to dealing with a problem behavior is to identify the function. Figure out a plan to control access if possible and practical. If that reinforcer is not practical to […]

Podcast #172: How to Tell That Your Classical Conditioning Plan is Working

Podcast #172: How to Tell That Your Classical Conditioning Plan is Working

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #172: How to Tell That Your Classical Conditioning Plan is Working When we pair two stimuli together as part of a classical conditioning training plan, it can sometimes be hard to determine when the association has been made between the old stimulus and the new stimulus… […]

Podcast #171: Maintenance Mode

Podcast #171: Maintenance Mode

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #171: Maintenance Mode In this episode we discuss: When you might outsource maintenance to the environment? Functional difference between intrinsic and extrinsic reinforcers in maintaining behaviors. How easy it is for behaviors to start slipping before we notice. One way to avoid or minimize that slippage […]

Podcast #170: How To Avoid Too Much Drilling

Podcast #170: How To Avoid Too Much Drilling

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #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 […]

Podcast #169: Advocating For Your Dog with Erin Moore

Podcast #169: Advocating For Your Dog with Erin Moore

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #169: Advocating For Your Dog with Erin Moore Guest: Erin Moore Erin is based in Canada and has been in the dog industry for over 15 years in different capacities. From dog walking to running a large, successful training facility and teaching classes 6 days a […]

Podcast #168: Things That Are Saving My Life Right Now

Podcast #168: Things That Are Saving My Life Right Now

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #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 […]

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

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

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #167: What is Ethics About and Why Should We Care? Guests: Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez & Thomas Harrison, Ph.D. Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology and his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of […]

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

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

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #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 […]

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