Episode 3 of the Fenzi Dog Sports Podcast was released on Friday and I wanted to share a few awesomely hilarious excerpts from my interview with Hannah Branigan.

Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 12 years. In addition to being a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, she is a faculty member for Karen Pryor Academy and a teacher at the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. Hannah is a Professional Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

She has presented at APDT and Clicker Expo and teaches workshops all over the USA.

Owner of Wonderpups, LLC, Hannah is committed to training both dogs and people with positive reinforcement methods. She has titled her dogs in Conformation, Obedience, IPO (Schutzhund), Agility, and Rally.

A Few Great Takeaways from our Interview:

“I got kind of like hooked on this concept of training, and then somehow that turned into — once I had the dog that I could take for walks around the neighborhood and be relatively safe with –then I had to teach him to retrieve beer from a fridge. That one, in all honesty, was also to impress a boy, who I then married, so it turned out to be worth it.”

“When I think about training an exercise in sort of a modular way, then if something does break, it’s really easy for me to separate out the broken piece and figure out what’s wrong here, what does he not understand.”

“‘When in doubt, throw food.’ And I fall back on that all the time. Whenever there’s a question, something weird comes up in a training session or even at home, I don’t know what to do right now, that was a very weird behavior and I have no idea how I should handle it, throw a handful of food on the ground, and while they’re gobbling the food, I can think about my solution, and it turns out that there’s a whole lot of behavior problems out there in the world that we can solve in very practical ways by throwing a handful of food at them.”

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