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 #145: Getting Out of a Training Funk

Podcast #145: Getting Out of a Training Funk

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #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.<gestures vaguely to the general state of the […]

Podcast #144: Pet Trainer Roundtable

Podcast #144: Pet Trainer Roundtable

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #144: Pet Trainer Roundtable Guest: Taylor Barconey, Jiovany Alcaide, Kiki Yablon Kiki Yablon is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) based in Chicago. In addition to helping pet owners and fellow professionals through Kiki Yablon Dog Training, […]

Podcast #143: Can You Reinforce Fear?

Podcast #143: Can You Reinforce Fear?

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #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? The more progressive message to dog owners is that you can’t […]

Podcast #142: Training Herding Skills with Claire Apple

Podcast #142: Training Herding Skills with Claire Apple

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #142: Training Herding Skills with Claire Apple Guest: Claire Apple Claire Apple has been training different kinds of dogs in herding and draftwork since she was 8 years old. For the last 20 years she has been helping people sculpt their dog’s natural behaviors into useful […]

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

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

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #141: Learning and Memory in Dog Training with Marsha Penner Guest: Marsha Penner, PhD Marsha Penner is a Behavioral Neuroscientist who specializes in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Arizona in 2008, where she did research […]

Podcast #140: Reinforcement for Gun Dogs

Podcast #140: Reinforcement for Gun Dogs

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #140: Reinforcement for Gun Dogs Guest: Jules Morgan & Helen Phillips Jules Morgan has lived with dogs all her life and has been fortunate enough to work as a trainer for over three decades. As dog training education was not the same as it is today, […]

Podcast #139: Constructional Aggression Treatment

Podcast #139: Constructional Aggression Treatment

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #139: Constructional Aggression Treatment Guest: Kellie Snider and Lauren Novack Kellie Sisson Snider was introduced to clicker training when she had an aggressive cockatoo in the 1990s. She was advised to read Karen Pryor’s “Don’t Shoot The Dog” book while being coached via email about how […]

Podcast #138: Should Dog Training Be Regulated? with Bradley Phifer

Podcast #138: Should Dog Training Be Regulated? with Bradley Phifer

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #138: Should Dog Training Be Regulated? with Bradley Phifer Guest: Bradley Phifer Bradley Phifer is a dog trainer and behavior consultant with 17 years of experience in the dog training industry. In addition to his experience, Bradley is certified as a trainer by the Certification Council […]

Podcast #136: How to Recover from a Bad Training Session

Podcast #136: How to Recover from a Bad Training Session

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #136: How to Recover from a Bad Training Session In this episode we discuss: Bad training sessions can happen for a lot of reasons. Be kind to yourself. Beating yourself up won’t help you do better training in the future. Fault is the wrong thing to […]

Podcast #135: Helping Hypervigilant Dogs with Leslie McDevitt

Podcast #135: Helping Hypervigilant Dogs with Leslie McDevitt

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #135: Helping Hypervigilant Dogs with Leslie McDevitt Guest: Leslie McDevitt 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 the world have learned how to […]

Podcast #134: Do You Have an Exit Strategy?

Podcast #134: Do You Have an Exit Strategy?

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #134: Do You Have an Exit Strategy? In this episode we discuss: How do you signal the end of a training session? And why does it matter? Why how you end a training session matters as much as how you begin one. Preventing practicing good behavior […]

Podcast #132: Sensory Bias in Training with Carrie Davis

Podcast #132: Sensory Bias in Training with Carrie Davis

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #132: Sensory Bias in Training with Carrie Davis Guests: Carrie Davis Carrie Davis (she/her) is an international animal training consultant, educator and innovator. She brings two decades of experience working as a professional animal trainer and zookeeper. She has worked for AZA accredited zoological facilities including […]

Podcast #131: Living as a LIMA Being – Panel Discussion

Podcast #131: Living as a LIMA Being – Panel Discussion

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #131: Living as a LIMA Being – Panel Discussion Guests: Dr. Chris Pachel, Kathy Sdao, Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar, Marissa Martino, and Barrie Finger Dr. Chris Pachel is a veterinary behaviorist and the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland (OR). Dr. Pachel lectures extensively […]

Podcast #130: Enrichment with Allie Bender & Emily Strong

Podcast #130: Enrichment with Allie Bender & Emily Strong

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #130: Enrichment with Allie Bender & Emily Strong Guests: Allie Bender, CDBC & Emily Strong, CDBC Emily Strong, CDBC, SBA is Co-Owner and Behavior Consultant at Pet Harmony, LLC, Co-Founder and President of First Train Home, and co-author of the book Canine Enrichment For The Real […]

Podcast #129: Treat Everyone Like a Dog with Karen London

Podcast #129: Treat Everyone Like a Dog with Karen London

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #129: Treat Everyone Like a Dog with Karen London Guest: Karen London, PhD Karen B. London, Ph.D. is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Certified Professional Dog Trainer who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of serious behavior problems in domestic dogs. She began working with […]

Podcast #128: Getting Behavior From No Behavior with Peter Amelia

Podcast #128: Getting Behavior From No Behavior with Peter Amelia

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #128: Getting Behavior From No Behavior Guest: Peter Amelia Peter Amelia is from Seattle and started working with birds over 15 years ago. Peter’s goal is to improve animal welfare by creating choice and encouraging voluntary participation from learners in as many situations as possible. They […]

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Even if you’re not a competition obedience or agility person, this podcast has something for everyone interested in training! If you have any shred of dog-neediness in you, check this podcast out.”

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“GREAT Podcast! This is a totally delightful and informative podcast. A must for anyone interested in understanding the science involved in training dogs for competition obedience. Hannah is endlessly charming, funny, and incredibly smart.

What a treat to follow along as Hannah reasons out, either by herself or with a guest, how to understand and use various behavioral principles.”

– Bonnie Burman

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Hannah Branigan’s Drinking From The Toilet is far and away the sweetest ear candy for anyone even remotely interested in a scientific look at behavior (human, dog, etc). Each episode dives deep into all areas of training and behavior – in a highly entertaining and accessible way.

Hannah gives me new ways to look at my relationship with my dog, and a new perspective with which to view her behavior. My brain and heart light up with each episode. Well done Hannah, this podcast is a gem, and very reinforcing!”

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