#79: Contrafreeloading with Chirag PatelDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
Giving animals choice in their training sounds like such a wonderful thing. But what exactly does that mean? And in real life, it doesn’t feel good when your dog makes a choice to opt out of a training session by ignoring you, sniffing the ground, leaving the ring, etc… That’s not very reinforcing.
In this episode, Chirag Patel and I discuss how we should we handle these behaviors while still maintaining our positive reinforcement framework.
#78: Training Trolls with John McGuiganDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
Putting your stuff out there on the interwebs is scary, and there are days I don’t feel up to it.
One of the things I’ve noticed about John is he either is just way braver than I am OR he has really good coping strategies when it comes to handling trolls on the internet. So I had him on the podcast to talk about it.
#77: Your Questions, My AnswersDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
I asked my Instagram followers to send me their dog training questions, and boy were there a LOT of them! On this episode, I'm doing my best to give you my answers and insight.
I wasn't able to cover all of the questions this time around, but don't worry - we'll do this again! Make sure you're following me on Insta (@hbranigan)so you don't miss out!
#76: Setting Our Puppies (and ourselves) Up For Success with Emelie Johnson VeghDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
This week I am hanging out with returning guest, Emelie Johnson Vegh- one half of Carpe Momentum. We're chatting about our puppies, how it's going and what we've learned from previous puppies that has shaped our current experience.
#75: Five Counterintuitive Training HacksDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
This week I want to share a couple of counterintuitive solutions to training problems you may have encountered. We'll explore the meaning of the word counterintuitive, and how it relates to our training. And I'll share 5 training hacks with you.
#74: Dog Photography with Åsa JakobssonDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
This week, we are talking to Aussa Jakobsson, who is a Swedish dog photographer, she has Kelpies… and she also trains. In our conversation, we talked about what makes a good photo and how to take a good photo using any kind of camera, but especially your phone… which is what I use almost exclusively. And she also talks about some of the behaviors that can be useful to teach your dog.
#73: Behavior Analytic Research with Jackie and DianaDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
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 based on anecdote and tradition, rather than on actual evidence and data.
In this episode, we talk behavior analytic research with Jackie and Diana from ABA Inside Track.
#72: Using Video to Make Faster Training ProgressDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
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 harder to get feedback that is required to continually improve our training skills. This is where video is a handy training tool and we're talking about it on this episode.
For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/72
This episode is sponsored by Zero to CD. To learn more, visit: www.zerotocd.com
#71: Teaching a Foodie Dog to TugDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
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 toys was a much harder process. I pretty much had to build his toy play from scratch in order to have anything useful to work with.
It seems like a lot of trouble. Why even bother? Listen to this episode to find out.
For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/71
This episode is sponsored by Zero to CD. To learn more, visit: www.zerotocd.com
#70: Fear Not! Marketing Is A Lot Like Dog TrainingDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
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 a dog trainer, I too am terrified of marketing.
That’s why I wanted to warn you, that this episode may feel a little intense, but Melissa has some interesting points.
#69: Arousal (science, not sex)Drinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
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.
#68: My New Puppy is Awesome (But a lot of work, too)Drinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
In this podcast, we're talking about how how cute, brilliant and nice smelling my new puppy, Figment, is (seriously what's is with that new puppy smell??). But, we're also talking about how much extra work a puppy can bringing - to life and to your training schedule.
#67: Settle DownDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
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.
For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/67
#66: Wait For ItDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
Does shaping have anything to do with waiting? No. Actually - shaping has nothing to do with “waiting”, and, if you find yourself waiting more than a few seconds for the dog to make a move in the right direction, you're probably doing something wrong.
For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/66
#65: It's All BehaviorDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
"All behavior is modifiable." - Karen Pryor
On this episode, we discuss labels and how to avoid subscribing to them. Sure, you may be missing a few skills to complete your set, but skills can be learned. All behavior is modifiable. Even our own!
For full show notes, visit: wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/65/
For information on my next virtual workshop, Set It and Forget it, visit: wonderpupstraining.com/pricing/set-i…get-it-08-22/
#64: Concept Training with Ken RamirezDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
This week we are exploring a major rabbit hole with special guest, Ken Ramirez (Executive Vice President and Chief Training Officer at Karen Pryor Clicker Training), and talking about concept training and teaching modifier cues. Very nerdy subjects indeed!
#63: Training for DurationDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
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 training isn't going as planned.
#62: Human Behavior Change With RYANODrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
This week, behavior nerd worlds collide as I chat with Ryan O’Donnell (AKA “RYANO”) about changing human behavior as it relates to training. Basically, why and how we need to train humans to train dogs. It’s sort of like training inception.
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For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/62
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#61: Tips For Dogs That Are Worried Around PeopleDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
Life is easier when your dog is confident (or at least comfortable) around other people. But what if your dog isn't? Good news! There is a lot we can do in training to help build his confidence.
In this episode, we cover my top 3 tips to keep in mind when working with dogs that act worried or lack confidence around people.
#60: Resilience in Dogs with Patricia McConnellDrinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training add
Dr. McConnell is an internationally known zoologist and a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist. In her career, she has worked with dogs with all kinds of serious behavior problems. She was also the host of the nationally syndicated Radio show "Calling All Pets", and she is a retired assistant professor of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an amazing speaker… in fact, she was one of the first real dog seminars that I ever went to…possibly THE first if my memory is correct. So she is partly responsible for getting me hooked on dog training in the first place. She is the author of many beautifully written and well-researched books, most of which I have in my house, and are among some of my favorite books that I read over and over…particularly "The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs", which again was sort of a gateway dog book for me. And her book "For the Love of a Dog: Understand Emotion in You and Your Best Friend", I have in both hardcover and audiobook format. Her new book, "The Education of Will", which I have read and will read again, is also beautifully written and insightful. It’s a little different in that it’s written as a memoir. She shares stories from her own life and her experience with trauma, fear, and anxiety…something I know a lot of us can relate to. But they are interwoven with stories about the dogs she’s worked with, particularly her own dog, Will, and their journeys with trauma and anxiety. And among those of course, she includes glimpses into what we know about the science of fear and what we can do about it. Fair warning, I did cry a little. So just a heads up. In the book, the theme of resilience comes up. And it’s a topic that really fascinates me. Why do some individuals bounce back after a bad experience and others don’t? What can we do to help our dogs recover quickly after something stressful happens? How can we set ourselves and our dogs up for success? And that is exactly what we talked about during our conversation. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/60