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 #87: Recall with Peter Amelia

Podcast 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 began...

Podcast #86: Foundations of Fitness with Bobbie Lyons

Podcast Guests: Bobbie Lyons Bobbie Lyons is a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner and has been teaching Fitness for 15 years. She was an agility competitor for many years and now dabbles in Flyball, Dock Diving, and Obedience. She has a wealth of knowledge...

Podcast #85: Foundations of Reinforcement with Emelie Johnson Vegh

Podcast Guests: Emelie Johnson Vegh Emelie Johnson Vegh began riding at a young age, but in 1989 she was introduced to the world of dogs and dog sports. Emelie had the wonderful opportunity to borrow a Labrador called Kicki, and with her, she embarked on her journey...

Podcast #84: Gun Dog Foundation Skills

Podcast Guests: Lena Gunnarson and Elsa Blomster Elsa Blomster is a Swedish dog trainer, instructor, and author of the book “Retrieving for all Occasions”. She has one Golden Retriever and one Labrador Retriever and she trains and has competed in working tests, field...

Podcast #83: The Problem with Chaining Theory

Alliston Reid received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1981 under the supervision of Dr. John Staddon. After 15 years of teaching and research at Duke University, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (in Mexico City), and Eastern Oregon...

Podcast #82: Training for Distance

In this episode, I go over some tips to apply to your training so that you can successfully build distance into your behaviors.1. Use pre-measured visual markers2. Decide on specific criteria for success3. Keep good recordsAnd for that last one,...

Podcast #81: Confidence and Conditioning with Lori Stevens

Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT, CPBC) joined the Clicker Expo faculty in 2019. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a certified Small Animal Massage Practitioner, a Senior Tellington TTouch Practitioner, a Certified Canine...

Podcast #80: I Wrote A Book

When I began training my first dog for obedience competition, I wanted to play the game but train using positive reinforcement. I quickly discovered that traditional methods weren’t for me. Clicker trainers like me look at the problem completely...

Podcast #79: Contrafreeloading with Chirag Patel

This week we are hanging out with Chirag Patel who runs Domesticated Manners in London, UK. He consults on the ethical and science-based practice of behavior management and training for animals housed in domestic, zoo, and laboratory...

Podcast #78: Training Trolls with John McGuigan

A few weeks ago when I did an episode with Sarah Stremming on her podcast, CogDogRadio, we talked about how important it is for positive reinforcement trainers to put their training out there, on the internet, where the public can see. We have...

Podcast #77: Your Questions, My Answers

This week we are doing a grab bag Q&A session on the podcast. The answers are coming from yours truly, but the questions are coming from YOU! Well, they are if you're an Instagram follower of mine.Recently, I asked my Insta audience to...

Podcast #75: Five Counterintuitive Training Hacks

This week I want to share a couple of counterintuitive solutions to training problems you may have encountered. First, let’s talk about what I mean by counterintuitive.When we say something seems counterintuitive, we usually mean that on the...

Podcast #74: Dog Photography with Åsa Jakobsson

This week, we are talking to Åsa Jakobsson, who is a Swedish dog photographer, she has Kelpies… and she also trains. We “met” (air quotes) through a mutual friend, Emelie… half of the mind of Carpe Momentum, who you will remember from several...

Podcast #73: Behavior Analytic Research with Jackie and Diana

As a dog trainer, I am working with changing behavior in the real world in dogs and humans. And also myself. Trying to understand and modify behavior as it's happening in the world... in animals and human learners. So much of animal training is...

Podcast #72: Using Video to Make Faster Training Progress

If you are like me, you mostly train by yourself. And training by yourself definitely has some pros and cons.If you're also an introvert like me, that alone time with your dogs is the best part of your day. But it means we have to work a little...

Podcast #71: Teaching a Foodie Dog to Tug

This week we talk about tugging and specifically what I did with my dog, Rugby, to build it.My terrier, Rugby, came straight out of the package with good food drive already installed. All I had to do was harness it. But getting him started with...

Podcast #70: Fear Not! Marketing Is A Lot Like Dog Training

This particular episode is a little different topic, as it’s really aimed mostly at those of you who work as professional trainers, especially if you own your own business.You see, Melissa’s specialty is… well, it’s marketing. I know, I know… as...

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– Deborah Smith

“My dogs love Hannah without knowing it! I’ve switched a lot of things around in my training (subtle and not-so-subtle) since listening to this podcast, and WOW. My dogs are learning faster, I’m having more fun, THEY’RE having more fun, and my pet dog clients are getting more precise clicker info as well.

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.”

– Noxlee

“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

“Best Binge Podcast for Dog Behavior Nerds!
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!”

– A Michelson

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