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Bravo Dog Knowledge: Dog Training Podcast

Bravo Dog Knowledge: Dog Training Podcast

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The Podcast dedicated to dog behaviour, dog training and all things dog! Force-free focused and hosted by Renée Erdman, CTC, DipCBST, ACDBC of and

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Pet Loss with Dr Katie Lawlor, Clinical Psychologist
Losing a pet can be the most gut-wrenching and impactful things to happen. How do we cope with the loss?  Dr Katie Lawlor is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in this area. We hope this discussion brings you some clarity. You can find her at and
August 18, 2021
Meet Your Dog!
Author and canine behavior consultant Kim Brophey discusses the ins and outs of what we should be thinking about when we are working with and living with the dogs we know and love. There is so much more than meets the eye and it's NOT all in how they are raised!  She is located in Asheville, North Carolina and you can find more information about her here.
June 16, 2021
TikTok Training: An Asian Female Trainers Perspective
Dr LinLin PhD, CPDT-KA joins us to discuss her experience with online hate and racism in addition to her experiences in person with clients. This conversation was eye opening and one that I think everyone should take the time to listen to. You can find LinLin on Instagram  And on Tik Tok 
June 09, 2021
Vicarious Trauma: How it Affects R+ Dog Trainers
If I told you, you probably wouldn't believe me. Dog training HAS to be full of sunshine and rainbows and cute puppies, right? Well, unfortunately there is a lot of baggage included within the field and especially for those that identify as force-free/R+ for many reasons we discuss in this episode.  Jenny Efimova of Dogminded weighs in as we discuss the trials and tribulations and how we can avoid the pitfalls to the best of our ability. 
May 17, 2021
Living with Multiple Dogs: Can It Be Done?
Jeremy Hall from joins us to discuss his experience as a trainer and within his rescue facilitating the care of multiple dogs at once. We discuss challenges, management and which dogs may or may not be suitable to live with housemates.
May 12, 2021
Lili Chin: Translating Animal Behavior Through Art
If you don't know who Lili Chin is I am so happy to introduce you to her work and her story. Her generosity through providing artwork that translates animal behaviour is found through her free posters via and her latest project the Doggie Language Book should be on every dog lovers bookshelf!  Listen to us chat about Boogie, the dog that started it all and her artistic process. 
April 28, 2021
What Influences Quality of Life?
Ramsey Blaze joins us from Dallas, Texas. She is a humane animal care advocate with her own geriatric & special needs pet care business, is Fear Free Certified as well as holds certifications such as CVT, CPPS, IAAHPC. Join us as we discuss what the Pillars and set standards are for assessing quality of life as well as our role in monitoring quality of life as pet professionals Visit us at
April 20, 2021
Is Humanizing Our Dogs "Bad"?
In this episode I'm discussing my thoughts on anthropomorphizing or humanizing our pets. Is it "good" or "bad"? You'll have to listen in to find out! ***** Leave us a 5 Star review on Apple Podcasts so I can continue to provide free, relevant dog behavior information
March 15, 2021
TV Dog Training: A Discussion
THANK YOU FOR OVER 200,000 DOWNLOADS! We talk to Laura Nativo of Nativo Pet Family and Don Hutton of Running Dogs TO about Dog Training on TV. What should viewers be looking for?  Should the public be taking the advice given on tv verbatim?  ******** We'd love your stamp of approval with a 5 Star Review on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram Like us on Facebook
February 08, 2021
Canine Body Language
Often times humans misconstrue what our dogs are trying to tell us, or we don't recognize subtle body language indicating discomfort and stress. The great thing about understanding this more is that we can then prevent escalations, we can improve the quality of our dogs' lives and we can prevent more dog bite incidents.  Lili Chins Doggie Body Language Book Free Body Language Course
January 15, 2021
Pandemic Puppies: Will There Be A Behavioral Crisis?
Vanessa Charbonneau of is a certified trainer and author of the book Dog Care for Puppies (available from Chapters-Indigo, Amazon and online retailers).  We discuss what we have been seeing since Covid-19 has seen an increase in people bringing home puppies.  If you've brought home a puppy, or plan to, tune in...
December 23, 2020
Education and Accurate Canine Information...
Melanie Cerone, Ph.D., CPDT-KA *Canine Behavior Consultant *Psychologist  *Behavior Analyst Today we discuss where dog guardians can find accurate behavior information, how to screen trainers and when to run the other way! We also dig into courses and education for trainers and trainers-to-be. 
December 14, 2020
The Concept of Control: Jenny Efimova from
Why do humans thrive and require so much "control" with our pet dogs? We talk to Jenny Efimova of and get her take on this interesting topic and how giving your dog more control will actually benefit both of you. 
November 19, 2020
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 09, 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 06, 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 01, 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 01, 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 07, 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 04, 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 02, 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 04, 2019
Trigger Stacking
Trigger stacking can create large scale reactions. In this episode we discuss stressors, threshold and trigger stacking.
June 06, 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 05, 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 06, 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 05, 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 05, 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 08, 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 05, 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 09, 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 01, 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 07, 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 09, 2018
First episode: why reward-based training?
Why Reward-based training?
June 01, 2018