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Bravo Dog Knowledge: Dog Training Podcast

Bravo Dog Knowledge: Dog Training Podcast

By Bravo Dog Knowledge Podcast
The Podcast dedicated to dog behaviour, dog training and all things dog! Force-free focused and hosted by Renée Erdman, CTC, DipCBST, ACDBC of
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Small Dogs in a Big World
We are joined by Juliana Willems at to discuss best practices and approaches when working with small dogs. Are they really different than other dogs? We think so!
October 20, 2020
"Positive" Gun Dog Training
Thomas Aaron discusses his work at Fetchmasters Dog Training in Boulder, CO where he and his wife Linda Aaron (both CPDT-KA certified trainers) work with gun dogs  using primarily positive reinforcement without the use of shock/ecollar, prong, choke collars or heavy handed techniques commonly used in the gun dog industry. 
October 9, 2020
Committing to Force-Free Training in Animal Rescue
We talk to Mimi at CHAAMP Rescue and discuss how her rescue group commits to using humane methods and working with trainers who do the same.  You can also find more resources at And
September 29, 2020
Real Talk: Expectations & Motivation
Chatting with Simon Moody at in Manchester, UK all about motivating the humans at the end of leash, realistic expectations and tons of other dog behaviour info.  Find him on Instagram at Don't forget to find our online courses at
September 16, 2020
What Do You Want Your Relationship to Look Like?
Most of us want a great relationship with our dogs however we may not understand that we are doing damage in some circumstances. I have some tips that may help.
September 12, 2020
Anxiety, Depression & PTSD...
Humans suffer from a range of mental and emotional disorders and illnesses. We talk to Richard Gonzalez of the Domesticated Dog who also happens to have a Purple Heart as a result from his time in the US Marines. His wartime exposed him to numerous traumatic events which resulted in anxiety and PTSD. We discuss his journey and how it relates to the dogs and clients he works with. You won't want to miss this fascinating discussion. 
August 21, 2020
Help! Dogs that mouth/jump/cannot settle....
Rachel Golub loves working with those dogs that tend to have a hard time “settling”. They may jump and bite at the leash and become frustrated easily. Tune into her tips and how she sets these dogs up to succeed.
August 14, 2020
Advocating Within Our Profession
It’s not always easy advocating for animal welfare within your profession. I talk with Mandy at about some of the challenges one faces when doing so.
August 10, 2020
Part 2: My Top 10 Things You Need to Know
Welcome back to the podcast this is part two where I discuss best way to ensure your dog is happy and healthy. behaviour problems are often the result of your dogs needs not being met so tune in...
August 6, 2020
Part 1: My Top 10 Things You Need to Know
Over the next two episodes I go over some of the most important and crucial information I think will promote a healthy and happy relationship with your dog.
July 30, 2020
Stress: How It Affects Your Dog
Daily stressors are normal and a part of everyday life. However, this can impact your dogs' behaviour significantly. Reducing stress levels will positively impact your dogs health and well-being.  We discuss how to identify stress, common stressors and how to reduce overall stress in your dogs' life.
July 11, 2020
Racism: A Black Dog Trainers Experience
Curtis from is located in Philadelphia, PA. He is a positive reinforcement dog trainer and business owner and faces challenges that many of us will never know. The R+ dog training industry is not very diverse at this time (which needs to change). We discuss the racism he has faced, and continues to face, and he shares some insightful information for not only dog professionals but the community at large. How can we make lasting change?  Tune in to find out...
June 12, 2020
Ragini Bhandari: Dog Trainer and Street Dog Saviour in India
Ragini joins us from Surat, Gujarat! We talk about how Covid19 has affected the streets dogs in her area, how street dogs live and her thoughts on how to help them without displacing them.  Ragini is a certified dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement and there are not many where she lives.  You can find her at @justpawsible on Instagram where she shares videos of her interactions with street dogs and how she strives to help them.
May 30, 2020
Separation Anxiety: Myths and Covid-19
Julia Naismith of joins us to talk about separation anxiety. Is this behaviour caused by the owner? Are you doing something wrong?  Join us!
May 16, 2020
Having Too Many Training Fails?
Sometimes we just don't understand why our dog isn't responding to certain things we are attempting to teach? Do you want to become a better teacher for your dog? Of course you!  In this episode I'm going over some of the things that may be holding your training back or you may have hit a plateau. If you want to understand the learning process a bit better than listen up.
May 1, 2020
Deprivation: How Does this Affect Our Dogs?
You may have been advised to not give your dog "human food" or they will beg. Perhaps you were told not to allow digging or it will encourage more of that? My thoughts on how deprivation can potentially cause behaviour problems you haven't thought of...
May 1, 2020
Control, ego and relationships
Erika from joins us again to discuss ”nothing in life is free”, the concepts of control regarding behavior and how it affects the relationships we have with our companion animals.
March 26, 2020
Social Expectations
What’s realistic to expect from our dogs in terms of social interactions with other dogs? Michelle MeGill @trainwithunderdogs chats with me on this episode.
March 21, 2020
The Best Thing You Can Do Post Adoption
I know you’re excited. I would be too! But, keep these things in mind post-adoption...
March 7, 2020
Dog Reactivity: Kelsey’s Journey
Kelsey @kelseymcdogtrainer shares some insight into her journey with her dog Sadie who suffers from dog reactivity. The ups, the downs and everything in between.
February 11, 2020
If Your Dog Goes to the Groomer...
... you need to listen to this episode. Sarah Turner is a Fear Free Certified groomer. She discusses the ins and outs and what goes on behind the scenes when your dog goes for grooming. You may be surprised.
February 4, 2020
Resource Guarding
We don’t like it when our dogs resource guard but it’s actually completely normal. We discuss the types, what to do and what not to do and when it’s serious.
January 26, 2020
Come When Called! How To Get There
Is there a 100 percent guarantee my dog will come back to me? I give you my training tips to bet a better recall. • Sign up for our free body language course at and don’t forget use BRAVO15 at for your 15 percent off discount!
January 14, 2020
Dog Parks: safe or scary?
Not sure about whether dog park are for you? We talk about what to look for and whether your dog is a good candidate! • take 15% off your order at use BRAVO15 at check out!
December 31, 2019
Keeping Cool During Holidays
The holidays are a busy and fun time for most of us, but is it so for our pets? A few tips to keep incidents to a minimum
December 13, 2019
2 Trainers: Evolving in the Dog Training World
Lori Nanan chats with me about her evolution in the dog training world, her cool courses and everything in between!
December 10, 2019
Are Puppies Blank Slates?
In this episode we discuss whether it’s possible for puppies, or any dog for that matter, to be considered a blank slate. is live. Use code LAUNCH2019 for 20% off for a limited time
October 22, 2019
The Most Important Thing You Can Teach Your Dog
It’s not sit, down, stay or come when called!
October 2, 2019
Post Adoption
Congratulations! You have adopted a dog.... now what?
September 13, 2019
When should we add another dog to our home?
When is the best time to add a dog to your family?
July 4, 2019
Trigger Stacking
Trigger stacking can create large scale reactions. In this episode we discuss stressors, threshold and trigger stacking.
June 6, 2019
Being an Advocate for Your Dog
Being an advocate for your dog can mean many things. In this episode we discuss measures you can take to empower your dog and set them up to succeed.
May 5, 2019
Behaviour Band-Aids
Why suppressing undesirable behaviour often backfires. 
April 16, 2019
Regulation & Standards in Dog Training with Dr Karen Van Haaften
In this episode we talk to Dr Karen Van Haaften to discuss regulation in dog training and pet care. The BC SPCA has developed standards for dog trainers through the Animal Kind Accreditation program. Read about the standards here:
March 16, 2019
Notes from a Crossover Trainer
Sébastien Larabée, CPDT-KA, co-owns and has been working as a dog trainer and behaviour consultant for approximately 8 years. He was not always using modern, reward-based methods. Originally he was trained to use methods that were unpleasant to the dogs he worked with but made a conscious decision to change and evolve. How did he get to that point? What are the challenges of making those changes?
March 6, 2019
Dr Zazie Todd: Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training methods
We talk to Dr Zazie Todd of and discuss her paper 'Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training methods'
February 5, 2019
Babies, Children and Dogs
We talk about children and dogs today - covering baby prep, appropriate interactions and some simple tips to set your family up for success. Kathrine Mancuso Christ joins us from in Wichita, Kansas
January 25, 2019
Animal Welfare and Training Methods
The correlations between the training methods we use and the welfare of our animals is our topic on this episode. We discuss different methods, the 5 Freedoms and when to make changes.
January 19, 2019
Leash Reactivity
Leash reactivity is all too common. It’s frustrating and can be embarrassing for dog owners. It can be even worse for the dogs at the end of leash. Often we make it worse by using the wrong equipment and approach.
January 13, 2019
Multiple Dog Households
Multiple dog households can face challenges. We can’t expect everyone to get along all the time so what can we do when harmony needs to be restored?
January 5, 2019
How to Choose a Dog Walker
We talk to Nicky Wilke of about what to look for when screening a dog walker and if you’d like to become a dog walker we chat about that as well.
December 24, 2018
Jane Killion of Puppy Culture & author of When Pigs Fly
Jane Killion is a woman with many titles: author, breeder, fancier, trainer, educator and advocate for working with and teaching humans and their dogs on a variety of levels. We talk about her initiative “Puppy Culture” and what drives her to continue creating programs for breeders and anyone interested in or working with puppies.
December 8, 2018
Whose Walk Is It Anyway?
I often receive questions about what rules exist surrounding dog walks, what equipment to use and how to stop pulling. I’ve compiled a few answers I hope will help.
December 5, 2018
Compassion Fatigue Expert Jessica Dolce
If you work with animals, people or even the environment chances are compassion fatigue is something you’ve experienced. Jessica discusses how to identify when CP may arise and strategies to manage it so you can continue doing the important work caring for others.
November 9, 2018
Certifications and Education; Why It Matters
Is experience enough in the dog training industry? Which certifications should the public look for? Which education programs should one consider?
November 1, 2018
Richard Courtney talks Adoption: Expectations & Advice
We talk with Richard Courtney, animal welfare crusader in AZ and discuss adoption. What to expect, tips and advice.
October 12, 2018
What is flooding? Is it ethical? What can we do for fearful dogs?
September 13, 2018
Aggression in Dogs: Michael Shikashio
Michael Shikashio specializes in aggression cases. We discuss his approach, the challenges and some helpful information to think about if your dog is facing behavior challenges.
August 29, 2018
Fast is not Effective
Lasting behaviour change in companion animals is not linear, nor os ot fast when executed correctly.
August 24, 2018
Corrections in Training with Erika Gonzalez
Erika Gonzalez at From Dusk Till Dog in Mantua, New Jersey joins us. Corrections in dog training. What are they and why should we avoid them? We also discuss labels and words commonly used when working with dogs that could be holding you back.
August 7, 2018
Puppy Development & Socialization
Raising puppies is an important job and one in which we have a lot of information about socialization.
July 13, 2018
Behavior Medications
Dr Claudia Richter discusses using medication for behavior challenges. Dr Richter is a veterinary behaviorist finishing her residency and currently practicing gives insight into how medication can help animals with behavioral challenges.
June 30, 2018
What is Socialization?
What is socialization and can we socialize adult dogs?
June 29, 2018
David Shade: Military Methods Not Needed
We talk to David Shade of At Attention Dogs in Pennsylvania and discuss his journey from the US Army to force-free dog trainer & advocate. Listen to his thoughts about using evidence-based training & his approach to working with humans and their dogs.
June 16, 2018
Dog Daycares
Stefania of Mindful Mutts has created a daycare model challenging the lack of standards or regulations. We discuss how to screen daycares, red flags and what to look for.
June 13, 2018
Chat with Don Hutton, dog trainer
Male Trainers in a Female Focused Field. We talk to Don Hutton, KPA Certified Dog Trainer and owner of Running Dogs Training & Behaviour Consulting
June 9, 2018
First episode: why reward-based training?
Why Reward-based training?
June 1, 2018