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June 29, 2020
In this episode, we discuss how context cues affect training, how cue hierarchies function, how to set up a training session to teach cue discrimination, how errorless learning plays a role, what default behaviors are and how to choose them. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/112 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
June 23, 2020
In this episode, we discuss what trainers mean when they say "self-reinforcing," whether a behavior can really reinforce itself, the kinds of behaviors that fall into the self-reinforcing category, what might be actually reinforcing those behaviors, and your training options to deal with the self-reinforcing problem behaviors. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/111 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
June 5, 2020
In this episode, we discuss how cue transfers work, the importance of the order of events (it must always be NEW cue, then OLD cue!), examples of transferring a hand signal to a verbal cue, transferring cues in real life, how cues can transfer when you don't mean for them to, how to un-transfer a cue you didn't want. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/110 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
April 28, 2020
In this episode, we discuss the common "staircase" metaphor as applied to shaping plans, a new non-linear approach to thinking about shaping, breaking down a goal behavior into components, how the wrong starting point or intermediate step can make getting to your goal behavior harder (even if it looks closer), thinking in terms of actions rather than outcomes, and lots of examples with dogs, horses, and people! For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/109 This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: hannahbranigan.dog/z2cd/
April 14, 2020
In this episode, we discuss the challenge of socializing a puppy while also social distancing, creative ideas to build your puppy's resilience, options to make the most of what you CAN do, how to strategize your puppy's training to prevent problems in the future, that not everything is ruined, and that there is still hope your puppy will be behaviorally normal, even after all this. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/108 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
April 8, 2020
In this episode, we discuss how stressed out I've been lately, how we might attempt to operationalize stress, what stress means in our dogs and what that might look like, steps we can take in training to reduce the effect of stress, and training for relaxed and confident behavior. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/107 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
March 27, 2020
In this episode, we discuss emotions in animals (and people), emotions vs emotional responses, counter conditioning, Conditioned Emotional Response (CER), and the emotional lives of penguins. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/106 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
March 13, 2020
In this episode we discuss the challenges of canine adolescence, setting reasonable expectations for teenage dogs, taking the long view with our training, and where we are (or should be) focusing our efforts. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/105 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
March 7, 2020
In this episode, we discuss the difference between anxiety and fear, how medical models apply, treatment/training plan modifications and when it's appropriate to consult a vet behaviorist. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/104 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/DFTT
February 19, 2020
In this episode, we discuss dog emotions (and people emotions) with Kiki Yablon - including why a functional description is important, how to talk about pet emotions with clients and how to incorporate them into your training. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/103 This podcast is supported by the official merchandise of Drinking from the Toilet via Bonfire: www.hannahbranigan.dog/merch
February 11, 2020
On this episode, we chat with Lucy Newton about canine nosework, "alerts", advantages/disadvantages of various kinds of alerts and how - at the end of the day - it's all just really good training. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/102 This podcast is supported by the official merchandise of Drinking from the Toilet via Bonfire: www.hannahbranigan.dog/merch
February 5, 2020
In this episode, Julie Norman Jenkins and I talk about what flyabll is all about and what foundation skills are important to get started. Julie is a multi-sport dog trainer and owner of Quicksilver Canine in Julian, NC.   For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/101    This podcast is supported by the official merchandise of Drinking from the Toilet via Bonfire:  https://www.bonfire.com/store/drinking-from-the-toilet/
January 24, 2020
In this episode, we discuss what the Dunning-Kruger Effect means and how this phenomenon plays out in the dog training world. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/100 This podcast is supported by the official merchandise of Drinking from the Toilet via Bonfire: www.bonfire.com/store/drinking-from-the-toilet/
October 17, 2019
In this episode, I'm talking about confidence. How to build it, operationalize it, and what it means in terms of practical training plans.   For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/99   This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: https://hannahbranigan.dog/z2cd/  
September 17, 2019
In this episode, I sit down with Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT, CPBC) to discuss considerations for training older dogs. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/98 This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: https://hannahbranigan.dog/z2cd/
August 29, 2019
In this episode, we're discussing errorless learning — everything from the history behind it to how to apply it in real life. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/97 This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: https://hannahbranigan.dog/z2cd/
August 7, 2019
In this episode, I'm talking about the important connection between your dog's motivation in a training session and your own training mechanics. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/96 This podcast is supported by Awesome Obedience: A Positive Training Plan for Competition Success. Learn more here: shop.clickertraining.com/products/awe…me-obedience
August 2, 2019
In this episode, Norwegian dog trainer Morten Egtvedt joins me for an in-depth discussion on the practical and nerdy aspects of behavior chains in dog training. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/95 This podcast is supported by Awesome Obedience: A Positive Training Plan for Competition Success. Learn more here: shop.clickertraining.com/products/awe…me-obedience
July 25, 2019
In this episode, we are doing a sort of grab bag Q&A. You asked the questions, and I did my best to answer them. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/94 This podcast is supported by Life Skills Self-Study Course www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/index.php/…urses/4364          
July 17, 2019
In this episode, we're diving into the connection between behavior and genetics in dogs. I'm joined by Dr. Jessica Hekman, who is a postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she researches how genetics affect behavior in pet and working dogs.
July 12, 2019
This week we are returning to our series all about Foundations and talking about Foundations for Agility. Joining us are my friends and authors of the book Agility Right From the Start, Eva and Emelie from Carpe Momentum. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/92 This podcast is supported by Awesome Obedience: A Positive Training Plan for Competition Success. Learn more here: shop.clickertraining.com/products/awesome-obedience
July 3, 2019
This week we continue our conversation about that mystical dog training unicorn: Loose Leash Walking. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/91 This podcast is supported by Awesome Obedience: A Positive Training Plan for Competition Success. Learn more here: shop.clickertraining.com/products/awesome-obedience
June 26, 2019
Loose leash walking (aka: the holy grail of dog training) is hands down the most requested behavior of all time from pet clients. It's also a topic of much debate on dog training circles. This episode is the first part in a series because there is just SO much I could say about loose leash walking. Believe it or not, I have opinions! For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/90 This podcast is supported by Awesome Obedience: A Positive Training Plan for Competition Success. Learn more here: shop.clickertraining.com/products/awe…me-obedience
June 19, 2019
In this episode, Steve White and I discuss the pros and cons of using labels when communicating, how we might change our communication tactics depending on who we're talking to and what to keep in mind when having a conversation using labels. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/89 This podcast is supported by Awesome Obedience: A Positive Training Plan for Competition Success. Learn more here: https://shop.clickertraining.com/products/awesome-obedience
May 29, 2019
In this episode, some of my closest training friends and I discuss "zoomies", including what they are, whether or not they are good or bad, where we see them in training and what to do if they become a problem. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/88 This podcast is supported by Awesome Obedience: https://shop.clickertraining.com/products/awesome-obedience
May 7, 2019
In this episode, Peter Amelia and I get real nerdy about things like building a bulletproof recall (especially with competing reinforcers), improving your training skills by working with multiple breeds/species and how to keep the natural history of the animal in mind and use it to your advantage. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/articles/episode87/ This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: www.wonderpupstraining.com/programs/z2cd/
April 29, 2019
In this episode, Bobbie Lyons and I discuss when to incorporate fitness training, the skills and behaviors we should prioritize with a puppy or young dog, exercises we should limit/avoid and equipment needed. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/86 This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: www.wonderpupstraining.com/programs/z2cd/
April 17, 2019
You may remember back to episode #76 where Emelie and I talked about how we had both gotten new puppies around the same time and how important it is to set ourselves and our puppies up for success. Well, now those puppies are teenagers, but we are still very much thinking about (and talking about in this episode) what we can do with our training to build the skills our puppies need to be successful in sports and in life. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/85 This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: www.wonderpupstraining.com/programs/z2cd/
April 8, 2019
In this episode, we discuss the most important foundation skills for gun dogs, how these skills differ from other sports, and misconceptions about raising a puppy for hunting/retrieving. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/84 This podcast is supported by Zero to CD: www.wonderpupstraining.com/programs/z2cd/
March 22, 2019
This episode explores the problem with Chaining Theory with Dr. Alliston Reid. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/83 For info on our affiliate sponsor, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
March 18, 2019
In this episode, I go over some tips to apply to your training so that you can successfully build distance into your behaviors. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/82 For info on our affiliate sponsor, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
March 8, 2019
This episode explores confidence and conditioning with Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT, CPBC). For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/81 For info on our affiliate sponsor, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
February 24, 2019
My book, Awesome Obedience: A Positive Training Plan for Competition Success, was recently released and I'm excited to be talking about it with you on the podcast. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/80 To purchase the book, visit: https://shop.clickertraining.com/products/awesome-obedience
January 13, 2019
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. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/79 For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
December 21, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/78 For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
December 14, 2018
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! For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/77 For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
December 7, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/76 For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
November 27, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/75 For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
November 7, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/74 For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
November 2, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/73 For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
October 23, 2018
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
October 19, 2018
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
October 11, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/70 For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
October 4, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/69/ For info on our affiliate partner, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
October 1, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/68/  For sponsor info, visit: smartanimaltraining.com/?aff=95
August 29, 2018
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
August 17, 2018
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
August 7, 2018
"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/
July 18, 2018
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! For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/64 For sponsor info, visit: www.karenpryoracademy.com/toilet/
July 11, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/63 For sponsor info, visit: www.karenpryoracademy.com/toilet/
July 3, 2018
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. Enter to win a free copy of The Science of Consequences: https://kingsumo.com/g/aiz0r7/the-science-of-consequences-dftt-podcast-giveaway For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/62 For sponsor info, visit: karenpryoracademy.com/toilet/
June 26, 2018
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. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/61 For sponsor info, visit: karenpryoracademy.com/toilet/
June 19, 2018
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
June 12, 2018
This week we talk to Alexandra Kurland about the topic of Balance in training. I asked Alex to talk about this, because the word Balance tend to have a particular usage in dog training circles, and that's not at all what Alex means when she says the word balance. Of course, Alex isn't a dog trainer. She's a phenomenally skilled horse trainer, who is responsible for introducing clicker training concepts to the horse world back in the 1990s with her first book Clicker Training for Your Horse. Even though she works primarily with horses (and sometimes goats) there is a LOT we can learn from her approach to training that is completely applicable to our training with dogs... and of course people, too! For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/59
June 6, 2018
What exactly is "food drive"? It's a fuzzy term for sure, but what do we mean when we talk about a dog's food drive? Is it a fixed characteristic, or is there something we can do to influence it? (IMHO, there is a lot we can do!) Why do we care so much about food in dog training? Well, mostly because it's convenient! It's easy to dispense. We can carry it around in our collective pockets. And all healthy dogs eat food! (Because living animals eat food or they don't stay living for very long.) But we also know that some dogs eat more food than others, and there are certain circumstances under which the same dog may eat more or less food. For training purposes, we can arrange those circumstances in our favor... get more bang for our buck/hot dog. But there are also ethical concerns. What are some things we should keep in mind when it comes to optimizing our dogs' interest in food without crossing a line into deprivation? There is a lot we can do to make food more valuable as training resource without restricting the dog's caloric intake to the point of starvation. Here are some of the food/treats I use most frequently in training: Fresh pet Happy Howie's rolled food Ziwi Peak For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/58
May 17, 2018
This week we are going to tackle the topic of multiple event markers or specific reinforcement cues (both names for the same thing). This is a really hot topic on the internet right now, and lots of different trainers have their own recipes and systems. As usual, I want to go deeper than the recipes and look at what is actually happening with the behavior. Because when you understand how a particular system of cues (and they are all cues!) is applying the principles of behavior, then you can decide for yourself which bits you want to use in your own training, and eventually build your own system that meets your unique needs. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/57
May 2, 2018
This week we are hanging out again with our Swedish dog training buddies, Emelie and Eva, of Carpe Momentum. And we are talking about the importance of defining, building, and maintaining our reinforcement procedures. During our conversation, Eva shares something that gets her a little worked up when she’s talking about training. Of course, since these guys are the authors of the book Agility Right From the Start, the initial examples that we discuss are agility-focused but don’t worry because the principles are totally applicable to good training in general. And we do get into other examples of these concepts as we dig in. We also talk about: • What we mean by reinforcement procedures, as well as why they are important. • Why it might be a problem if your dog develops a habit of LEAVING your reinforcement procedure (which you might call it a game), but leaving it before you are ready to begin the next rep. • What happens when you interrupt a trained sequence of behaviors, and why that can’t be your primary training strategy. Spoiler alert: It all keeps circling back to how important those clean training loops are too efficient and effective learning. But I won’t give you any more spoilers, you’ll just have to listen for yourself. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/56
April 23, 2018
This week’s topic is generalization. Before we jump into that, I want to give you a heads up that I am about to open up some spots in my Online Mentorship program: Zero to CD. For the full show notes or more info on Zero to CD, visit: https://wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/55/
April 17, 2018
Behavioral momentum applies the idea of momentum (from physics) to the realm of behavior. Same idea here - once you get something started, it's easier to keep it started. It works for trains, and it works for trainING, too! For full show notes, visit: https://wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/54/
April 9, 2018
Getting a puppy can be a bit of a crapshoot. What can we do to select the best puppy for our lifestyle and goals, and what can we do to optimize our training to help that puppy reach his potential? For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/53
April 2, 2018
The process of operationalization takes a fuzzy concept or construct, and makes it clear… so that we can talk about it, we can measure it, and we can have internet arguments and know that we are talking about the same thing. This is critical to dog training and animal behavior discussions where we are often using subjective terms to describe concepts like "enthusiasm" or "aggression". These concepts can have different meanings to different people, based on their culture, life experience and learning history. And that's ok! The important thing is to be able to define it: "When I say 'ball feelings,' I mean..." And then we are all on the same page. ps - Check out my upcoming virtual workshop, Set It and Forget It. www.wonderpupstraining.com/workshops For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/52
March 12, 2018
This week Laura Monaco Torelli and I talk about husbandry in the dog training world, and it turns out it's not ENTIRELY about teaching dogs to trim their own nails (though that could be part of it). During our conversation, we talked about exactly what “husbandry” means, and how we can work it into our training routines without a whole lot of effort and time commitment, we also talked about how she gets her pet clients to buy in and participate in husbandry training solutions, and a few other little tips and tricks, like using behavioral momentum to make hard stuff easier and the training sessions more fun. 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 beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer. During her time in the zoo community, Laura worked with a wide variety of terrestrial animals, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, giraffes, red pandas, and dogs. Laura serves as a faculty member of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA), and as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She and her team at Animal Behavior Training Concepts offer private in-home training as well as group classes at Medical District Veterinary Clinic, an extension of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Laura has presented at many professional conferences, including those held by the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association, the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association, ClickerExpo, the Society for Veterinary Behavior Technicians, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the Midwest Veterinary Conference, TAGteach International, and the Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior. She has appeared on various print and broadcast media, including Clean Run magazine, Chronicle of the Dog, Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN and NBC 5 news and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/51
March 7, 2018
Can we even operationalize “frustration” in order to define “frustration tolerance”? What does that look like? How do we measure it? Can we, should we, expose a dog to frustration in training to teach them to tolerate frustration? For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/50
February 26, 2018
In this episode, we discuss what we mean by "offered" behavior, why it's useful to structure our training around having the dog volunteer behaviors off cue, and some practical tips and tricks to apply to our training sessions. As Emelie and Eva say, the more things we add into our training session, the more things there are to pay attention to. From where I'm sitting, that means the more things there are for me to screw up! For full show notes, please visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/49
February 19, 2018
What are your training priorities? Join me as I discuss mine and why they're at the top of my list. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/48
February 13, 2018
How many different components go into accomplishing the smallest of tasks? In episode 47, we breakdown task analysis with Dr. Mallory Quinn, owner and founder of Applied Behavior Analysis Sports Innovations, and Theresa McKeon from TAGteach International. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/47
February 5, 2018
In episode 46, we sit down with Andrea Harrison again to discuss the importance of using feedback. Andrea teaches online classes through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, that help trainers get their head in the game with good planning, coping strategies, and generally making the most of what you have. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/46
January 29, 2018
In episode 45, Terrie Hayward joins me for a discussion about the obstacles and special skill-building needs that come with training a deaf dog. Terrie, M.Ed., CSAT, CPDT-KA, ACDBC, KPA-CTP is a Karen Pryor Academy Faculty Member. She has written several behavior and training articles for Bark's Magazine, Grooming Business, Deaf Dogs Rock, and KPA. Terrie owns PAW, LLC and regularly travels the globe to hone her training skills with a diverse group of animals. For full show notes, visit: https://wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/45/
January 15, 2018
In this episode, we break down prompts and cues. How are they different? Where do you draw the line? Are some "good" and some "bad"? The words are used interchangeably in our everyday language, but let’s see if we can unpack them a bit. For full show notes, visit: https://wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/44/
January 9, 2018
In episode 43, we go over some very important advice to take with you into the new year: don't try to do it all at once. Start small… as always, we are shaping behavior after behavior. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/43
December 31, 2017
We're rounding out 2017 by forecasting 2018. On this episode, I explore 5 key concepts for 2018 with Ryan Cartlidge, the founder of Animal Training Academy. For the full show notes, visit www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/42/
December 18, 2017
In episode 40, we discussed Motivating Operations. This week we are going to zoom in on a particular type of Conditioned Motivating Operations - the reflexive version, or CMO-R. For full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/41
December 12, 2017
This week…..well, I hope you’ll bear with me. If you thought previous episodes were extraordinarily geeky, this one may set a new standard. For full show notes, visit: https://wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/40/
November 22, 2017
In dog training circles, motivation is - well - kind of a hot topic. It's a big concept and we care a lot about it because, of course, reinforcement drives behavior. So, it's worth spending some time unpacking, and this week I had the ridiculous good luck of unpacking it with Dr. Susan Friedman! For the full show notes, visit: www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/39
November 14, 2017
To be most effective in our shaping, we want to strive for continuous incremental progress. When we are doing it at our very best, we increment every rep, but in such small increments that the dog is always winning. Easier said than done! For the full show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/38
October 31, 2017
Traditionally, we say that a reinforcer is something the learner wants. But it's not that simple. It's never simple is it? It's important to remember that reinforcement is a process defined by the results. For the full show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/37
October 24, 2017
In this conversation, Lindsay Wood Brown and I attempt to unpack the concept of the Conditioned Emotional Response (CER) as applies to dog training. In addition to running through (and utterly confusing ourselves with) the terminology of the conditioned stimulus and unconditioned stimulus, etc, we also talk about practical application. For the full show notes, visit: https://wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/36/
October 17, 2017
Today's podcast guests, Elsa Blomster and Lena Gunnarson, are the authors of Retrieving for All Occasions, which is, in their own words, the kind of book they would have liked to read when their first dogs were puppies. This book dives into basic training for retrieving and flushing dogs and offers concrete advice for helping readers understand where the exercises lead. For full show notes, visit: https://wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/35/
October 10, 2017
In this episode, we talk about finding a balance between providing structure for our dogs and also letting them make choices. As usual with, this was a very REAL conversation. Unfiltered. Unedited. Sorry/not sorry. For full show notes, visit: https://wonderpupstraining.com/podcast/34/
October 3, 2017
Fluency is, in many ways, another word for mastery of a skill or behavior. Which is, of course, what we want for our learners. But there are a LOT of factors and moving parts that all have to work together to build that fluent behavior and that can be a lot to keep track of as a trainer. For complete show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-33-better-faster-stronger-fluency
September 19, 2017
In this episode, we also talk about the factors that can affect latency, and somethings to think about in your training if you want to improve the latency of your behaviors. For full show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-32-training-word-day-latency
September 11, 2017
This week we are sitting down with Emelie and Eva of Carpe Momentum (remember these guys from episode #23?) and talking about the idea of choice in our training session, and working with “Start Button” behaviors. For the full show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-31-start-button-behaviors-emelie-johnson-vegh-and-eva-bertilsson
September 7, 2017
How much information does the stimulus, or combination of stimuli, convey? The better the information, the more likely the brain is to attach it to an action. We pay attention to reliable information. Both dogs and humans! For the full show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-30-stimulus-control-freak
August 29, 2017
Am I the only one who has a deep love affair going on with whiteboards? If you can't relate to this obsession of mine- you might want to tune out. If whiteboards get you going, too, then by all means - tune in! For complete show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-29-whiteboard-love
August 15, 2017
On this episode, we're chatting with John McGuigan a dog trainer and behavior(or behaviour as John would write)consultant in Glasgow, Scotland (that explains the extra "u"). Tune in as we discuss looking at the bigger picture when considering behaviors, the importance of considering the function of the behavior and how investing time in planning can help you get the desired behavior (eventually). For the full show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-28-real-life-training-stuff-john-mcguigan
August 8, 2017
This week through the magic of the internet, I got to talk with Swedish dog trainer, Fanny Gott and we discussed a rather hot topic in dog training circles - No Reward Marker. For the full show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-27-no-reward-markers-fanny-gott
August 2, 2017
This week I want to pick up where we left off last week talking about splitting, because one one of the things that helps me a lot when I think about how to split behavior and develop my training plan, is to consider the behavior in terms of a movement cycle. But in order for that to be helpful for you, you have to understand what a movement cycle is. For complete show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-26-movement-cycle-and-loopy-training
July 31, 2017
In this episode, we talk about where to look for “splits” when training a behavior. For the full show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-25-breaking-hard-do-splitting-committed-lumpers
July 18, 2017
Have you ever felt the pressure of getting a new puppy and felt totally frozen, not wanting to screw that puppy up? Me too. On this episode, we are diving into all the feelings of that pressure with Laura VanArendonk Baugh. In the end, you’ll have real-life tips you can use to raise a fearless puppy! For the complete show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-24-raising-fearless-puppies-laura-vanarendonk-baugh
July 12, 2017
I hope you appreciate the several, unintended, Dr Who references in this episode. If that’s not enough to keep your interest, you might want to unsubscribe (just kidding!). Listen on for more from Emelie and Eva (and me) on creating structure and flow in your training sessions and dealing with errors when they come up. For full show notes, visit :http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-23-dealing-errors-emelie-johnson-vegh-and-eva-bertilsson
July 3, 2017
So what exactly *is* stimulus control? We're pondering (and attempting to answer that) on this episode featuring Kathy Sdao. For show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-22-pondering-stimulus-control-kathy-sdao
June 27, 2017
Why plan at all when it could all change? Planning does the thinking and deciding in advance. It simplifies information, by acting as a filter… for you and for your clients. This episode goes in depth on why you should bother with training plans.
June 19, 2017
Founder of Smart Dog University and Faculty member at Karen Pryor Academy, Laurie chats with me about mistakes we made when first learning to teach people how to train their own dogs, why we really CAN teach pet owners to use a clicker successfully and how we break down the necessary skills to make good training accessible. Also- do scientific theories really matter? Tune in to find out!
June 13, 2017
Ever feel like life gets away from you and you just don't have time to train? Me too. All. The. Time. It's a super common problem we all face. Professional trainer or avid amateur, we all have constant demands on our time and attention that make it hard to make training a priority. In this episode, we’ll talk about strategies to help us MAKE time to train, even when time is tight.
June 6, 2017
This week we got to hang out with The Ken Ramirez! (I know! Squeeeeee!) Ken is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps oversee the vision, development, and implementation of training education programs for the organization. With over 40+ years of experience in animal care and training, Ken is an accomplished author, biologist and animal behaviorist who has an impressive resume working and consulting with training centers, aquariums, and zoos across the country. Since 2005, Ken has brought his experience as a trainer of many cognitive projects with marine mammals and primates to the dog arena. Most notable has been his work with modifier cues, adduction, matching to sample, mimicry, and counting. The latter two projects: teaching dogs to mimic or imitate other dogs, and to learn the concept of counting are in the process of being prepared for scientific publication. During our conversation, we discussed: :: How Ken got started in animal training "way back when" :: Tips on what we can do if we want to be just like him when we grow up :: Update on his new hands-on training center… The Ranch! For complete show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast
May 31, 2017
We talk about classical conditioning in dog training circles a lot, and I’ve been hearing the term CER more and more frequently in larger conversations, which is AWESOME. Most people know that classical conditioning is one form of associative learning that makes up part of what we call learning theory. And most recognize the name Pavlov, and know that he did some experiments a long time ago that involved some bells and some food and some drooling dogs. But I think we can do a little bit better, because I am a big believer that the more we understand about a process, the better equipped we are to use that process to our advantage (lest it be used against us). We can build a Conditioned Emotional Response to some, initially meaningless, stimulus or event, by pairing it with something that the dog already has a response to. And that is how the clicker or other event marker is conditioned. The click starts out as just some meaningless noise. Then by pairing it with food. The click starts to initiate food-like responses. And the more this happens, the stronger the response. But what if the event or stimulus is not actually neutral... what if the dog already has some experience or association with that thing, and so it already has meaning (and what if it's a bad meaning). That’s where counter conditioning comes in.
May 23, 2017
We've all seen and experienced displacement behavior... but what does that mean? Displacement behavior is most likely to be exhibited when you (or your dog) are faced with tough choices... conflicting sources of motivation. Should I stay or should I go? If it's an easy decision... maybe staying is super amazing and going is very sad, no problem! But if both decisions are fairly equivalent (on either a good or bad scale), then we feel tension. Displacement behaviors show up right in that spot. Scratching your head, chewing your nails... or scratching, sniffing, or personal grooming if you are a dog. These are all behaviors that serve a normal function in one context, but make no sense at all in others. When we see a normal behavior like that out of context, we are often looking at a displacement behavior. Noticing displacement behavior in your training sessions? Then we should look for sources of conflicting motivation and/or social tension. Addressing the source will go a LOT farther than addressing the displacement behavior directly.
May 16, 2017
#15 - "Force Lite" with Shade Whitesel by Hannah Branigan
May 10, 2017
If you’ve ever been guilty of overthinking your training, struggling with ring nerves, or generally freaking out about dog stuff… you’ll definitely be interested in our guest this week - Andrea Harrison! Andrea describes herself as an educator who is passionate about all species, including both dogs AND humans! Having lived with dogs her whole life, Andrea was an early convert to positive training for people and dogs. She has years of experience working with all different kinds of people, and now specializes in helping dog trainers and sports competitors sharpen their mental game and reduce their own stress and anxiety so they can be the best teammate for their canine partners. Andrea teaches online classes through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, that help trainers get their head in the game with good planning, coping strategies, and generally making the most of what you have. She also has a new ebook available called “Love the one you are (with)”. We talk more about exactly what’s in the book and why it matters in our conversation. For show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/blog/podcast-14-conversation-andrea-harrison
May 4, 2017
Have you heard that positive reinforcement doesn't work? WAIT what? Of course, positive reinforcement works. It’s pretty damn effective and we have decades of scientific evidence behind the concept. Positive Reinforcement isn’t even a technique, it's a naturally occurring process. It’s a naturally occurring process, like gravity. Operant conditioning is just a way of describing what is naturally occurring in the world. The concept of operant conditioning is that behavior is a function of consequences. Meaning, the strength of a behavior is dependent on the consequences that followed that behavior in the past. For show notes, visit: http://www.wonderpupstraining.com/podcast
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