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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 #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 […]

Podcast #127: Should I Change My Cue?

Podcast #127: Should I Change My Cue?

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #127: Should I Change My Cue? In this episode we discuss: When to change a cue. Just because the cue doesn’t seem to be working does not mean it’s the cue’s fault. Is it a training or fluency issue? Is the cue itself actually broken? Is […]

Podcast #126: Guide to Treats

Podcast #126: Guide to Treats

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #126: Guide to Treats 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 is it ok to give a dog? Snacks matter, but they are different than training treats. What […]

Podcast #125: Behavioral Euthanasia with Dr. Chris Pachel

Podcast #125: Behavioral Euthanasia with Dr. Chris Pachel

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #125: Behavioral Euthanasia with Dr. Chris Pachel Guest: Dr. Chris Pachel Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB, CABC received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He has operated both house-call and […]

Podcast #124: Training Eye Contact

Podcast #124: Training Eye Contact

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #124: Training Eye Contact In this episode we discuss: Why is training eye contact so fulfilling for humans? What are the other benefits of training eye contact as a behavior? Do dogs hate making eye contact? What are the drawbacks to training eye contact? How can […]

Podcast #123: Herding Instinct with Ayoka Bubar

Podcast #123: Herding Instinct with Ayoka Bubar

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #123: Herding Instinct with Ayoka BubarIn this episode we discuss: Guest: Ayoka Bubar Ayoka is passionate about dogs, dog behaviour, and dog training. She believes that dog training should be fun for dogs and their humans and she likes to employ a number of positive reinforcement […]

Podcast #122: When You Have to Be Your Own Training Assistant

Podcast #122: When You Have to Be Your Own Training Assistant

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #122: When You Have to Be Your Own Training Assistant In this episode we discuss: 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 […]

Podcast #121: Training Alone

Podcast #121: Training Alone

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #121: Training Alone In this episode we discuss: What makes training alone so hard. Obstacles and challenges. Also, 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. Links Mentioned: Zero to […]

Podcast #120: Three Essential Skills for Living with a Reactive Dog with Leslie McDevitt

Podcast #120: Three Essential Skills for Living with a Reactive Dog with Leslie McDevitt

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #120: Three Essential Skills for Living with a Reactive Dog with Leslie McDevitt Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA, is the author of the internationally popular Control Unleashed series of books and DVDs published by Clean Run Productions. Her books have been translated into many languages; people […]

Podcast #119: Using stations in training sessions

Podcast #119: Using stations in training sessions

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #119: Using stations in training sessions Let’s talk about stations in training. We’ve talked in the past about using a mat or bed behavior to teach a settle or relax behavior (Episode #67). And that really has a lot of overlap with what we are talking about […]

Podcast #118: Reinforcing Diversity with Ken Ramirez

Podcast #118: Reinforcing Diversity with Ken Ramirez

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #118: Reinforcing Diversity with Ken Ramirez Ken Ramirez is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer at Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps to oversee the vision, development, and implementation of training education programs for the organization. Previously, Ken served as EVP of animal care […]

Podcast #117: Geeking Out with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

Podcast #117: Geeking Out with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #117: Geeking Out with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an associate professor at the University of North Texas in the Department of Behavior Analysis. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1995, under the mentorship of two pioneers in the field of […]

Podcast #116: Fading a Prompt or Lure

Podcast #116: Fading a Prompt or Lure

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #116: Fading a Prompt or Lure In this episode we discuss: What is a prompt? What is a lure? Why would you want to fade it? What does fading a prompt even mean? When would you NOT want to fade a prompt? General things to keep […]

Podcast #115: Different Perspectives – Panel Discussion

Podcast #115: Different Perspectives – Panel Discussion

Podcast Guests: Eduardo J. Fernandez, Jiovany Alcaide, Taylor Barconey, Cecilia Erhabor, and Ayoka Bubar Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University and his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. Much of his past and current work involves the behavioral training […]

Podcast #114: Accidental Behavior Chains

Podcast #114: Accidental Behavior Chains

In this episode we discuss: How behaviors accidentally get chained together. Links mentioned: Awesome Obedience Field Guide from clickertraining.com Support The Show On Patreon! Thank YOU for being a part of our community! I couldn’t do what I do without you. To become a tangible supporter of the show, please visit our Patreon page and […]

Podcast #113: Cue Hierarchies with Vidhya Karthikeyan, Part 2

Podcast #113: Cue Hierarchies with Vidhya Karthikeyan, Part 2

Vidhya lives in the UK with a sighthound, Beanie, and two cats, Moo and Oonsipie. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Her experience lies in working with animals we often call fearful or shy, starting with her own rescued trio at home and also with dogs at her local branch […]

Podcast #112: Cue Hierarchies with Vidhya Karthikeyan, Part 1

Podcast #112: Cue Hierarchies with Vidhya Karthikeyan, Part 1

Guest: Vidhya Karthikeyan Vidhya lives in the UK with a sighthound, Beanie, and two cats, Moo and Oonsipie. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Her experience lies in working with animals we often call fearful or shy, starting with her own rescued trio at home and also with dogs at […]

Podcast #111: Dealing with Self-Reinforcing Behaviors

Podcast #111: Dealing with Self-Reinforcing Behaviors

In this episode we discuss: What do trainers mean when they say “self-reinforcing”? Can a behavior really reinforce itself? What kinds of behaviors fall into the self-reinforcing category? What might be actually reinforcing those behaviors? What are your training options to deal with self-reinforcing problem behaviors? Links mentioned: Awesome Obedience Workbook from Clicker Training Self-Reinforcement […]

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