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 #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...

Podcast #69: Arousal (science, not sex)

For no particular reason, this week's topic is Arousal.Now, get your mind out of the gutter. We’re not talking about sex here. We’re talking about behavior. But if you are a behavior nerd, the topic of arousal IS pretty sexy.It’s a word that...

Podcast #68: My New Puppy is Awesome (But a lot of work, too)

Like all new puppies, my new baby Figment is cute, and adorable, and brilliant, and he smells AH-MAZING (what is it with that new puppy smell?). And there are so many things we get to train together!But that also means... I have to train.My life...

Podcast #67: Settle Down

Settling on a station, bed, or mat is one of the most important skills we can teach any dog.Why is it so important? Settling is the perfect alternate behavior to replace almost any annoying behavior your dog has thought of.It's also a great...

Podcast #66: Wait For It

It is a common misconception that clicker training, or at any rate, shaping involves a lot of standing around waiting for behavior to happen spontaneously. But that's not true at all! Shaping has nothing to do with “waiting”, and in fact, if you...

Podcast #65: It’s All Behavior

"All behavior is modifiable." -Karen PryorThis is a quote I find myself repeating on an *almost* daily basis. It's simple but so important to remember.In training, we need to watch out for labels. They don’t help us in developing a training...

Podcast #64: Concept Training with Ken Ramirez

This week we are exploring a major rabbit hole with special guest, Ken Ramirez, and talking about concept training and teaching modifier cues… very nerdy subjects indeed!I know you already know who Ken is, either you remember him from Episode...

Podcast #63: Training for Duration

Is training to increase duration of a behavior as simple as just waiting to reinforce longer responses? Maybe it's not so simple! In this episode, we discuss what we need to keep in mind when training for duration, and where to look if the...

“Your podcast has been great food for thought for my eventual dog training and just life in general.”

– 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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