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In this episode, we discuss who makes the decision - the vet, the trainer, or the pet owner; how behavioral euthanasia is an "active choice" rather than a default decision - there is no formula, and this isn’t something that someone has to do because of a specific behavior pattern or problem, but rather an option that may be actively chosen due to …
 
In this episode (20:04) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explain what “call-offs” are and how they impact our handling and our dogs on course. You Will Learn The definition of a “call-off”. The pros and cons of call-offs. The difference between proactive and reactive handling. How various dogs respond differently to call-offs. Mentione…
 
In this episode, we discuss why training eye contact is so fulfilling for humans, the other benefits of training eye contact as a behavior, whether dogs hate making eye contact, the drawbacks to training eye contact, how you can make sure your dog's behavior is "voluntary," situations where eye contact might be helpful, and how you can avoid traini…
 
In this episode (19:05) In this episode, Jennifer and Sarah help Esteban overcome his lack of motivation to train. You Will Learn How to motivate yourself to train when you don’t feel like. How to schedule your training. Why you should set the bar low. Mentioned/Related Episode 146: Record Keeping Trick for Dog Agility Episode 82: What To Do When Y…
 
In this episode, we discuss what is so cool about herding, what kinds of dogs can do herding, what is herding instinct, are there things we can train at home to prepare for herding, and what kinds of reinforcers are relevant in herding. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/123 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.…
 
In this episode, we discuss the challenges of training behaviors that require another person, using remote reinforcement strategies to give you a way to practice, a little zen bowl, the advantages of role-playing a judge, groomer, or vet with your own dog as an initial shaping step, and preventing a plateau by incorporating the Different Every Day …
 
In this episode (37:41) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer and Esteban have a detailed discussion on why some dogs have better contacts in training than in trials, and how you can fix that. You Will Learn Common mistakes made when trainers try to fix contact issues. How to reward your dog for good contacts at a trial without taking food into the ring…
 
In this episode (50:28) In this episode, the team discusses the impact of Covid-19 on major dog agility events in the United States, highlighting various adjustments and postponements including the recently announced changes for Westminster 2021. You Will Learn How Covid-19 has impacted major agility events. How the US Open went 100% virtual. What …
 
In this episode (39:25) In this episode, Sarah, Jennifer, and Esteban highlight the challenges of dog agility’s “extending” obstacles: the tire, the double/ascending, the triple, the panel, the wall/viaduct, and the broad/long jump. You Will Learn Why these obstacles tend to cause dogs to extend their jumping/striding. How dogs measure their take o…
 
In this episode we discuss what makes training alone so hard, obstacles and challenges, what is GOOD about training by yourself (it's not all doom and gloom!), some ideas for motivating yourself, tracking progress and staying on track. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/121 This podcast is supported by Patreon: www.patreon.c…
 
In this episode (19:43) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban discuss the three elements of “wise feedback” in dog agility. Learn how you can give yourself (or your students) more valuable feedback that leads to immediate improvement. You Will Learn What the three elements of wise feedback are. Common feedback mistakes that handlers make. W…
 
In this episode (23:21) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban explain why dogs head check when they run on course, and how you can eliminate this problem. You Will Learn Why your dog head checks on course. When a head check is not a problem. How to eliminate problematic head checking. Mentioned/Related Episode 246: Should You React or Antic…
 
In this episode, we discuss what makes living with a reactive dog hard in addition to the top three skills that make life easier. While we're at it, we discuss how the pandemic brought about surprising changes, too! For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/120 This podcast is supported by Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DFTT…
 
In this episode (15:35) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban talk about how you can make the best possible use of your training time when you rent a facility or field for agility practice. You Will Learn Why you should have a plan before you arrive at the field. Tips for pre-training preparation. When you should quit before your rental tim…
 
In this episode, we discuss why diversity matters, what we can do to promote inclusion in the industry, and how Ken's personal experience influences his thinking. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/118 This podcast is supported by Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/DFTT
 
In this episode, we discuss getting started in dog training, small business ownership, the importance of role models, code-switching, why representation matters, implicit bias and human behavior, and easy actions you can take right now to help support BIPOC in the training industry. For full show notes, visit: www.hannahbranigan.dog/podcast/115 Sup…
 
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/113 Support the show on Patreon! www.patreon.com/…
 
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/…
 
In this episode (55:04) This podcast is taken from a live video presentation. In this podcast, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer use the front cross as an example to show you how to advance from one stage of competence to the next. You Will Learn How to use the knowledge-execution paradigm to advance your skills. The how, what, where, when, and why of fr…
 
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, …
 
In this episode (38:23) This podcast is taken from a live video presentation. In this podcast, Sarah, Esteban and Jennifer discuss how handlers acquire competence in dog agility. Instructors usually talk about training the dog, but we believe the handler has even more to learn than the dog! You Will Learn How to apply the four stages of competence …
 
In this episode (42:42) In this episode, Jennifer, Sarah, and Esteban share their thoughts on two buzzwords for contact performance: “consistency” and “criteria”. You Will Learn Why instructors emphasize consistency. How altering your criteria at a trial creates a range of behaviors from your dog. How to fix broken contacts. Why dogs creep down con…
 
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…
 
In this episode (34:37) In this episode, we share numerous examples of proofing that you can do with your dog while training. Proofing in practice will give you better performance in the ring as your dog will feel more confident. You Will Learn Why you should proof against distractions that you will likely see at agility trials. The most common dis…
 
In this episode (46:42) All information is researched but not exhaustive and not reviewed by an outside expert. Although Esteban is a licensed physician, this is NOT medical advice → you should get medical advice specific to your situation and health from your doctor, not from us or this podcast. CLICK HERE to download this outline as a PDF Why Sho…
 
In this episode (19:37) In this episode, Sarah Baker joins the podcast to explain the difference between management and training, and how you should apply those concepts to addressing behaviors, from barking in the crate to missed weave pole entries. You Will Learn When you should “manage” and when you should “train”. How good management protects y…
 
In this episode (26:44) In this episode, Sarah and Jennifer discuss different learning patterns you may see in your training and how they affect your planning. You Will Learn Why you should not panic when things seem to fall apart in practice. Why it may be important to keep things the same when your dog struggles. How to recognize when you need a …
 
In this episode (24:55) In this episode, Sarah and Esteban help you integrate tugging into your agility training. You Will Learn The 5 aspects of tugging. Why tugging has become more valuable in AKC agility. How to overcome weaknesses in your tugging chain. How to avoid a common mistake when using a second toy in retrieve work. Where you can learn …
 
In this episode (28:00) In this episode, the BDA crew shares some ideas for getting the most out of your online learning experience. You Will Learn How to find the right online classes to fill your needs. How many courses you should take at the same time. The pros and cons of Facebook classes. What auditing and visualization have in common. Mention…
 
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 th…
 
In this episode (30:35) In this podcast, we discuss the paradox of choice and the idea of “good enough” as a way to organize your dog agility training. You Will Learn How more choices can lead to less satisfaction. Why perfectionism paralyzes you. How you can use the concept of “good enough” to better you agility training and make difficult decisio…
 
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 behavio…
 
In this episode (20:34) In this podcast, Anthony Clarke joins the podcast to talk about this week’s 4-day charity event called #AgilityRelief. You Will Learn Why Anthony created this 4-day event. Which charities will be supported. How the challenges are structured. How podcast co-host Jennifer Crank will be involved. How YOU can participate! Mentio…
 
In this episode (26:25) In this podcast, we talk about how you can structure your training during this time of cancelled trials and group classes. You Will Learn Why you should give yourself permission to take time off right now. How a daily schedule can help your mental state. How you can shift from event based to skill based goals. Why you may be…
 
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 Suppo…
 
In this episode (1:25:53) In this podcast, UKI founder Greg Derrett joins Esteban and Sarah to talk about UKI’s new “At Home Agility By Video”. You Will Learn Why UKI created this program. How UKI plans to keep competitors and dogs safe. How challenging the courses will be. Why the US Open dates were changed. How agility organizations are coping wi…
 
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…
 
In this episode (28:22) In this podcast, we talk about two different handler strategies: reaction and anticipation. Many times during a run, a handler will react to an action by their dog—the dog does something (good or bad) and the handler decides what to do next based on what the dog does. At other times, a handler will anticipate that their dog …
 
In this episode (31:28) In this episode, 2020 Crufts Championship Winner Dan Shaw joins the podcast. You Will Learn How the coronavirus crisis changed the Crufts event. Dan’s strategy for the preliminary rounds. Why Dan prefers to NOT run last in Finals. How you can train with Dan online. Where Dan will put his dog training focus during the time th…
 
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…
 
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…
 
In this episode (48:08) In this episode, Esteban and Sarah discuss what you should know about the Coronavirus outbreak in order to protect yourself and your dogs. You Will Learn How to find the most accurate, up-to-date information about the Coronavirus Why this outbreak is different from past Coronavirus outbreaks Which people are at the highest r…
 
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 Dri…
 
In this episode (1:14:33) In this podcast, Jennifer Crank goes from podcast co-host to interviewee. Jennifer and border collie P!nk won the overall Masters Champion at this past weekend’s Masters Agility Championship at Westminster held in New York City and made history as the first non-20″ dog to earn the title. You Will Learn How the Westminster …
 
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