Drinking From the Toilet: Real dogs, Real training


A behind-the-scenes look into the reality of dog training, behavior, teaching, 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 friend who gets it. We'll keep it fun, and keep it real.

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  • paulasdogs
    I really learned a lot about CAT. I use it a lot in my business. It’s all about choices, safety and respect. I have found that teaching my clients that dogs are just like us, helps them get a real clear picture into their dogs emotions. I always use the “going to a party and everyone is a stranger.” analogy. I ask clients, how do you feel and what is your reactions? I think empathy for the dog is crucial. I really love your podcast Hannah, Thank you for giving me another opportunity to learn while driving. 😀 Paula Shimko KPACTP
  • amswiss
    behavioral euthanasia
    This podcast is a gem! Question: During the podcast with Dr. Pachel you don’t discuss the bigger picture. Every day, so many healthy, go lucky dogs are euthanized while we pour all resources into one dog. The case of the dog who’s on medication cocktail #8, must wear a muzzle constantly, and is confined to his home, makes me doubt about his and the human’s life quality. Plus management always fails. As a professional dog trainer, I struggle so much with this. I look at the animal and human in front of me and see the suffering, yet I also see the love and bond they share. I have had cases where speaking about how many dogs need a loving home, and by setting their heart dog free they will ‘save’ one more animal, has helped with the decision. Could you address this in a part 2?
  • Ffhxjzgdnfhvvvdfcciuddsjcu
    A revelation
    Thank you, thank you for this pod!!! I have border collies and you are spot on with your info, experience, humor and encouragement. Keep up the great work!!!!!
  • Zman131313
    The best science-based dog training podcast I’ve ever heard
    Hannah and her unbridled wit provide awesome insight into the world of dog trainers. So many great tips, and awesome guests. Whether you’re a dog training amateur, intermediate or professional, this is essential.
  • Myacsm
    Great content, professional, enjoyable and reliable
    If you’re looking for the best, you’ve found it here.
  • Cpm815
    A Gifted Podcaster With Great Content
    Hannah has “it” — the rare combination of insight, wisdom, humor .. all with a “just right” energy! This is one of my favorite podcasts (not just for dogs but overall). Keep up the great work, Hannah 🤙🏼
  • Claudia Barbuto
    Fantastic dog training podcast!
    This is one of the best dog training podcasts ever! It is perfect for dog trainers and dog enthusiasts. Hannah mixes it up between both instructional and conversational podcasts, which keeps things interesting. She researches her topics and is easy to listen to and follow. She gets me thinking and I love that!
  • batesnpenny
    Education and entertainment
    Nerdy enough that I learn tons and every episode gets me thinking and reflecting, yet also fun enough that I often laugh out loud while listening. Highly recommend!
  • Ginny Thompson
    Clear science AND plenty of laughs!
    As a trainer, DFTF is my favorite dog training podcast for several reasons. Hannah has a unique way of explaining challenging concepts both clearly and with humor as well as adding in useful analogies. She lets each of us professionals off the proverbial perfectionist hook by regularly highlighting her own mistakes and misconceptions. I honestly got a bit teary eyed with gratitude once when listening to an episode after a challenging lesson resulted in thinking I should toss in the towel. Instead, I was able to get out of that negative thought spiral and remember how to pick myself up and move forward. But overall, the clear science (mixed with layers of complexity as there should be!), the fantastic guests, great topic choices and Hannah’s funny but approachable personality have made this podcast a staple in my library.
  • BerkeleyGirl527
    Great podcast
    I found this podcast by way of social media and I have been recommending constantly. It’s a great, accessible podcast whether you are a seasoned handler or getting into pet ownership. I’m really enjoying these, please keep producing them!
  • Cassie from Clickstart
    Just perfect
    Hannah never does anything halfway. Every episode, guest, and topic is addressed with great care. As a trainer, I greatly appreciate this high quality (
  • amzimme
    So Helpful
    This is the dog training and behavior podcast every dog owner needs
  • ladyyas123
    Smart, funny, educational!
    I am not a dog trainer, but am very interested in learning about how to have the best relationship with my dog. Hannah is a wealth of knowledge and experience. I’m thoroughly enjoying this podcast!
  • TDuren
    I love everything about Hannah’s podcasts! From her humor and enthusiasm to her truthfulness and practicality, the podcast is both informative and entertaining.
  • Lynnemd
    Thank You!
    I just picked up my new German Shepherd puppy in early April. I appreciate the ideas for getting her used to her new big world while also coping with the pandemic. The establishment now of a model of our future routine, the importance of her having some “alone time” and the importance of being comfortable at the veterinarians office were all great tips. Many thanks.
  • Busydoc78
    New puppy
    I got a new puppy right before quarantine. This post cast has been a great resource for me. My beloved pup of 15 years passed away last spring so it’s been a long time since I’ve had a puppy. I loved the podcast series about loose leash walking. My 12 week puppy is doing great with it!
    Great presentation, fun listening and super learning
    I have really enjoyed listening and learning about positive reinforcement and how to apply it. I’ve been a volunteer trainer for several years and was getting stuck and not understanding what went wrong. Your podcasts have really opened my eyes and I am sharing what I have learned with my fellow volunteer trainers and pointing them to your podcasts. Thanks and keep up the good work 👍🏻
  • jclemen1
    I have been listening to this podcast for he last three years. At first, because I was new to this type of training, I had to listen to some of the podcasts over and over and discuss them with my colleagues. But the more I listened, thought and shared, and applied the easier it became. You have helped me, my colleagues, and my dogs in more ways than I can express. I also think that your book is great, and though I don’t compete I do use many things out of your book to help my charges. I am very much looking forward to seeing you at Clicker Expo in Louisville KY (hopefully it will still be on next week)
  • Dell age
    O. M. Gosh! Awesome!
    This podcast is super funny. Super informative and just plain SUPER! I am very motivated to work with my k9 athletes and attempt all the things I learn from these amazing humans and their dogs.
  • Rachel Lees
    Fantastic Podcast 💕
    Hannah is beyond relatable! This podcast gives me insight and ideas for training and everyday life! Keep up the AMAZING work Hannah!
  • aja k9
    Just waiting on your next episode. Love listening to you I have learned a lot. Thanks
  • Channel Ten Zen
    My dog-training friend recommended this podcast to me. Thank you for helping me and my pup bond and communicate with each other
  • C.K.Hoxter
    A Must Listen To!
    Are you curious about dog training? I am! I started listening to Hannah’s podcast about a year ago when I adopted my first dog and knew nothing about positive training. I’d only ever heard of traditional training and didn’t want to do that to my dog. Hannah makes the science accessible. She has helped me understand confusing concepts and shaped my training with my pup. She also has introduced me to so many new concepts via her guests. This podcast is a “Must Listen To” for me and I look forward to every new episode!
  • christa Daley
    Feels like talking shop with your girlfriend.
    I love this podcast. My absolute favorite dog training info, resource, rambling about my favorite subject. She's so real and smart but it's not stuffy, it's funny without being annoying to listen to other people laugh. I love her voice,she's so easy to understand and great audio quality. I listen and drink my wine before bed after a long day of dog training.
  • K9 Kim
    Podcast passion
    Love your passion for training; it clearly shines through! I have learned so much through your podcasts; they motivate me to further research the concepts you address. I am happy to recommend you to fellow trainers, on the APDT member site, and on R+ FB pages. Best of luck with the book; please do a seminar in South Florida (maybe this winter? Lotsa sunshine and warmth here in January.... ;} ) Kim Geisert Director of Day Training dynamitedogtraining.com Delray Beach, FL
  • IsabeauZS
    Thank you!
    I train horses, but your info is very useful as overall training education. I found my way to you from Equiosity podcast.
  • Starnostar52
    Awesome dog training podcast!
    Perfect podcast for dog trainers and behavior nerds. I stated training as a zookeeper but have recently transitioned into dog training and I learn something new every time I listen. Thanks!
  • erynnmurphy
    This podcast is EXACTLY what I have been looking for
    I discovered this podcast after purchasing Hannah’s book “Awesome Obedience” and I absolutely love it. Hannah does such a great job exploring topics that surround clicker training/R+ methods that every trainer finds themselves thinking about, and puts them into a very practical perspective. I am only 10 episodes in an have already found myself gaining a new understanding of some of the very “basic” principles that I have learned on my journey thus far. I SO wish that I had been a listener prior to my KPA professional program, I know that the new perspectives that I will acquire through this podcast would have been very valuable background as a KPA student. Thanks for putting out great content!!
  • Lullery
    Love love love
    I love this podcast! She’s so smart but not snobby, and a REAL PERSON which I love. Love her sense of humor, and full of great info! I recently got a course on pet nutrition and although they are smart, the delivery is boring/snotty. I love learning from real people who can act authentic, which is exactly what Hannah is! Reinforcing her to create more episodes w 5 stars :) lolz
  • Emachac416
    High-Value Reinforcer for Training Geeks
    You'll laugh, you'll be inspired, you'll gain new perspectives, and you'll become a better trainer! Hannah's podcast brings everything a behavior geek could want: thought-provoking ideas, entertainment, heckin' realness, relatability, loads of diverse and science-based perspectives, and a good variety of geeky training topics. It's like having another behavior geek friend in the car with you! I have a positive CER to getting into my car for appointments since I started listening to this on my drives to my clients' homes. Hannah's (and her guests') ideas are so often immediately applicable to your own training. I learn something awesome and useful from every. single. episode. (I have a Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behavior plus other training quals, started as an amateur 20 years ago and went professional 12 years ago, if that helps you gauge how much ANYONE has to gain from listening.) Do yourself and your dogs (and your clients) a favor, and check out Drinking From the Toilet!
  • vickie and auggie
    So much great education!
    So much great information- thank you! Being so new to dog training much of the information is beyond my comprehension but I am working hard to understand more all the time - and the podcasts help so much! The Awesome Obedience book offers a clear, methodical training plan that I am taking my time with. The education you have given me access to is great and I always appreciate your encouragement and positive, realistic approach to both dog training and how it fits in our busy, demanding lives. I am now a dedicated fan! Thanks!
  • hallie.beth
    Great podcast for dog trainers!
    I enjoy listening to Hannah’s podcast so much! The topics she covers are relevant and she keeps the information clear. The different guests have been engaging and entertaining as well. Highly recommend to anyone interested in dog training and animal behavior.
  • Happy it's above freezing!
    Dog geeks beware!
    If you’re not looking for your next podcast addiction, don’t start listening 😉 Hannah is informative, funny, and down to earth. Even when she and her guests dive deep into things I never even pondered, I come away learning something new.
  • LittleLilah
    AMAZING podcast for behavior nerds!!
    I can’t get enough of this podcast! Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t hear about it sooner because now I can binge-listen to half a dozen episodes a day! Thank you Hannah for making a place where behavior nerds can nerd out together, because I am pretty sure all the other people in my life are sick of hearing me toss technical terms like “rate of reinforcement” into every day conversations 😂
  • Lbxs
    Thank you!
    Love listening to your podcasts! Some are challenging and all add to my knowledge base. Look forward to each episode. Lisa Smith
  • Mirandahc
    ABA nerd falling in love with dog training all over again
    I recently happened upon Hannah’s podcast right before getting our newest puppy. As a dog trainer and BCBA, I know what I’m doing with other people’s dogs, but I am of course panicking about ruining my own puppy. Hannah is so reassuring, and once I got through all of the puppy episodes, I have been soaking up everything else I can find. I love the balance of behavior nerdiness with real life talk - and the care and accuracy of the language used. I am feeling confident, learning so much, and recommending many episodes to my grad students too!
  • Incredible Canines
    Greatest. Geekery. Ever.
    I love this podcast! I saw Hannah at Clicker Expo in Portland. I wasn’t aware of her podcast and went immediately home and subscribed. Thank you so much for what you do. I learn so many awesome things from your podcasts and I use them with my clients ( and they think I’m way cooler than I really am). I work as an Atlas Assistance Dog trainer and I pick up so many tips and tricks and tools from your show. Please keep making them! Cindy Wilmot Incredible Canines LLC
  • Goodbeats
    I have been a Certified Professional Dog Trainer for about two years and I am always searching for opportunities to learn and build my training skills. This podcast allows me to do just that. Great information/ interviews and gives me peace of mind that I’m not doing everything wrong. Thank you Hannah, hope to meet you at clicker expo in 2020. #newpuppyowner
  • Nisa 🌞
    An absolute favorite
    By far my favorite dog training podcast! It’s accompanied me on many a drive to and from events and makes time fly. Hannah is absolutely wonderful and I’m always looking forward to the next episode.
  • 10017nyc
    I love this podcast
    When I’m not working with dogs I’m driving all over Northern Virginia doing my other job. Hannah’s podcasts make my time in the car fly. But my time in the parking lot, not wanting to leave the podcast, has grown. They are amusing, informational, and often international. I love Hannah’s energy. She’s really an inspiration. Kim Alexandria Va
  • ChristiAshelle
    My favorite podcast
    I absolutely love Hannah’s podcast because it absolutely fulfills my behavior/training nerd needs. I have not found another dog/animal training podcast that has the depth and range of topics and concepts. For the average pet dog owner, this may be way too in depth to retain interest long term, but for fellow training nerds or professional trainers I could not recommend this podcast highly enough. Thanks Hannah for feeding my life long learning soul! I can’t wait for the opportunity to meet you in person!
  • The best positive dog training
    SUCH a good podcast!
    This is suuuch a good podcast! Hannah is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful. One thing I REALLY appreciate is how interesting and insightful her episodes are. Once you listened to a few dog podcasts, it becomes a bit repetative, and everyone starts to say the same thing. But I can completely honstly say I've learned something new from every episode I've listened to. Please keep producing awesome content! I get really excited for every episode :).
  • BittyQ
    Everything I want in a Podcast!
    I halfheartedly searched around for podcasts related to dog training, found a few that I would listen to once or twice then sort of forget about. DFTT is everything I ever wanted in a podcast and more - I frequently think of episodes I’ve heard as I’m working with animals, it’s fun and engaging, it makes me want to turn my non dog training friends into people who think about behavior so they can listen to the podcast with me. I love that Hannah takes the time to “unpack” and clearly define every term she uses. Keep the episodes coming Hannah! I’m looking for more podcast stations to listen to, because you’ve converted me to a listener, but I’m having a hard time finding any that hold my attention as well as yours does!
  • Julie Rutter
    Has it all!
    Content, presentation and voice all excellent! Thanks Hannah!
  • noblenewf
    Smart & Funny!
    This is the first podcast series I’ve found that is dangerously addictive for me. Hannah is irreverent, clever & knowledgeable about positive dog training techniques. Made me dust off my clicker!
  • Kiko's Owner
    best dog training podcast
    This is a great dog training and behavior podcast - I love how Hannah breaks down behavior and training concepts and explains the intricate details of positive reinforcement training. If you just finished reading "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor, start with the Drinking From the Toilet podcast! She also keeps the episodes fun and light, and brings in a lot of guests.
  • sailportunus
    DFTT is Fabulous!
    So, I am late to this train but I am binge listening, laughing, nodding, replaying, and feel like I have a new training buddy! Hannah has a great mix of technical expertise, real life experience, and humor! Non-judgemental, and encouraging, funny and inspiring. Completely recommend!
  • BanditsFriend
    Delightful, refreshing podcast
    Updated: Outstanding deep dives into dog/animal/human training. I've already saved 9 of the episodes to return to later for deep-dives. Thank you, thank you! And I just ordered your book.
  • Learning Lots
    Training Inspiration
    I’m totally addicted to Hannah’s podcast! Full of fantastic training and love her sense of humor! She inspires me to get out there and train!
  • irkenequine
    Wonderfully dense, engaging, and funny
    If you’re looking to satiate your love of nerdy dog training nuances, this is it. Drinking From the Toilet imbibes you with the enthusiasm to really re-evaluate your understanding of human/dog psychology. The content is wonderfully dense and isn’t for casual listening - but guarantees that you’ll be scrambling for a pen to write down an “aha!” phrase that will stick with you into your next training session. Bonus: Hannah manages to keep the material approachable and motivating, with some laughs in between. The pinnacle of quality dog training podcasts!
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