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 #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 […]

Podcast #165: Why is Shaping So Hard?, Pt. 1

Podcast #165: Why is Shaping So Hard?, Pt. 1

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #165: Why is Shaping So Hard?, Pt. 1 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 […]

Podcast #164: Play & Aggression with Karen London

Podcast #164: Play & Aggression with Karen London

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #164: Play & Aggression 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 dogs in […]

Podcast #162: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 2, with Dr. Michaela Hempen

Podcast #162: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 2, with Dr. Michaela Hempen

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #162: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 2, with Dr. Michaela Hempen Guest: Dr. Michaela Hempen Dr. Michaela Hempen began clicker training her own horses in 2010 following Alexandra Kurland’s The Click That Teaches program. In 2013, she became one of Alexandra’s online coaches; in 2016, she […]

Podcast #161: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 1, with Dr. Michaela Hempen

Podcast #161: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 1, with Dr. Michaela Hempen

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · # 161: Working with Compulsive Behaviors Pt 1, with Dr. Michaela Hempen Guest: Dr. Michaela Hempen Dr. Michaela Hempen began clicker training her own horses in 2010 following Alexandra Kurland’s The Click That Teaches program. In 2013, she became one of Alexandra’s online coaches; in 2016, […]

Podcast #160: Spring Clean up for Dog Trainers, Pt 3: The Things We Overlook

Podcast #160: Spring Clean up for Dog Trainers, Pt 3: The Things We Overlook

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #160: Spring Clean up for Dog Trainers, Pt 3: Planning and Record Keeping This week we are finishing up our Spring Cleaning series… you’ve already organized all your resources you’ve collected over the weekend, you’ve worked out a new better system for your planning and record […]

Podcast #159: Mentorship with John Anthony Shahor

Podcast #159: Mentorship with John Anthony Shahor

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #159: Mentorship with John Anthony Shahor Guest: John Anthony Shahor About John Anthony and Redemption Road K9 Redemption Road K9 (RRK9) is a top-rated working dog company, a working dog co-op retailer, and cynology center focusing on Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) with the goal of creating and […]

Podcast #154: Training Bloopers with Karen London

Podcast #154: Training Bloopers with Karen London

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #154: Training Bloopers with Karen London Guest: Karen London 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 dogs in 1997, and […]

Podcast #153: Tips for Raising Criteria Without Breaking Everything

Podcast #153: Tips for Raising Criteria Without Breaking Everything

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #153: Tips for Raising Criteria Without Breaking Everything In this episode we discuss: The power of starting your session conservatively. How being in a position to increase your criteria rapidly is better than being greedy and being forced to lower it. The importance of avoiding getting […]

Podcast #152: Reactive Behavior with Grisha Stewart

Podcast #152: Reactive Behavior with Grisha Stewart

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #152: Reactive Behavior with Grisha Stewart Guest: Grisha Stewart Grisha Stewart is best known among dog trainers for developing Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), a humane technique for dog aggression, frustration, and fear. Through her international dog seminars, DVDs, books, and  in-person and online training schools, she’s […]

Podcast #151: How to Improve Your Timing

Podcast #151: How to Improve Your Timing

Drinking from the Toilet: Real Dogs, Real Training · #151: How to Improve Your Timing In this episode we discuss: Why timing matters in dog training and why you cannot escape it. How it’s really about processing time. Reaction time does have a biological basis, so just like we do with dogs, make sure you […]

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 […]

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– Deborah Smith

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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.”

– 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!”

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