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 #150: How Not to Socialize Your Puppy

Podcast #150: How Not to Socialize Your Puppy

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #150: How Not to Socialize Your Puppy Guests: Marge Rogers & Eileen Anderson Marge Rogers, CBCC, CPDT-KA, CCUI, Certified Fear Free Professional, is a certified professional dog trainer, behavior consultant (canine), and author. She has thousands of hours teaching owners, dogs, and other canine professionals.  One of […]

Podcast #149: Memory as Behavior… What? with Stephanie Keesey-Phelan

Podcast #149: Memory as Behavior… What? with Stephanie Keesey-Phelan

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #149: Memory as Behavior… What? with Stephanie Keesey-Phelan Guest: Stephanie Keesey-Phelan PhD Stephanie Keesey-Phelan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst. Stephanie began working with dogs in the early 2000s, spurred on by the behavioral needs of her family’s Rottweiler, Rocky. She quickly […]

Podcast #148: Episodic Memory with Marsha Penner

Podcast #148: Episodic Memory with Marsha Penner

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #148: Episodic Memory with Marsha Penner Guest: Marsha Penner 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 on how age-related changes in […]

Podcast 147: Nerdy Nail Trims & Enthusiastic Eye Drops with Laura Monaco Torelli

Podcast 147: Nerdy Nail Trims & Enthusiastic Eye Drops with Laura Monaco Torelli

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · 147: Nerdy Nail Trims & Enthusiastic Eye Drops with Laura Monaco Torelli Guest: Laura Monaco Torelli Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained with beluga whales, […]

BONUS: I CU Are Stuck

BONUS: I CU Are Stuck

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · Bonus Episode with Leslie McDevitt Bonus episode! Here’s a preview of my upcoming Conference Unleashed session with Leslie McDevitt, which we’re calling “I CU Are Stuck.” Conference Unleashed is taking place virtually on November 5-7. To hear Leslie and my full session, sign up for the […]

Podcast #146: Sniffing and Marking

Podcast #146: Sniffing and Marking

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · 146: Sniffing and Marking In this episode we discuss: Handling **unwanted sniffing in training. The connection to sniffing and urine marking. How to teach sniffing on cue. Using Premack’s principle. Ways to split to engineer setups so that you can create a progression. Links Mentioned: Zero […]

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 […]

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