Bravo Dog Knowledge: Dog Training Podcast

Bravo Dog Knowledge: Dog Training 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 Support this podcast:

Racism: A Black Dog Trainers Experience
Jun 12 • 51 min
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…
Ragini Bhandari: Dog Trainer and Street Dog Saviour in India
May 30 • 25 min
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…
Separation Anxiety: Myths and Covid-19
May 16 • 34 min
Julia Naismith of joins us to talk about separation anxiety. Is this behaviour caused by the owner? Are you doing something wrong? Join us! —- Support this podcast:
Having Too Many Training Fails?
May 1 • 13 min
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…
Deprivation: How Does this Affect Our Dogs?
May 1 • 12 min
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… —-…
Control, ego and relationships
Mar 26 • 43 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Social Expectations
Mar 20 • 33 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
The Best Thing You Can Do Post Adoption
Mar 7 • 10 min
I know you’re excited. I would be too! But, keep these things in mind post-adoption… —- Support this podcast:
Dog Reactivity: Kelsey’s Journey
Feb 11 • 31 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
If Your Dog Goes to the Groomer…
Feb 4 • 32 min
… 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. —- Support this podcast:…
Resource Guarding
Jan 25 • 22 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Come When Called! How To Get There
Jan 14 • 13 min
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…
Dog Parks: safe or scary?
Dec 31, 2019 • 18 min
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! —- Support this podcast:…
Keeping Cool During Holidays
Dec 13, 2019 • 13 min
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 —- Support this podcast:
2 Trainers: Evolving in the Dog Training World
Dec 10, 2019 • 45 min
Lori Nanan chats with me about her evolution in the dog training world, her cool courses and everything in between! —- Support this podcast:
Are Puppies Blank Slates?
Oct 22, 2019 • 10 min
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 —- Support this podcast:…
The Most Important Thing You Can Teach Your Dog
Oct 2, 2019 • 16 min
It’s not sit, down, stay or come when called! —- Support this podcast:
Post Adoption
Sep 13, 2019 • 14 min
Congratulations! You have adopted a dog…. now what? —- Support this podcast:
When should we add another dog to our home?
Jul 4, 2019 • 15 min
When is the best time to add a dog to your family? —- Support this podcast:
Trigger Stacking
Jun 6, 2019 • 11 min
Trigger stacking can create large scale reactions. In this episode we discuss stressors, threshold and trigger stacking. —- Support this podcast:
Being an Advocate for Your Dog
May 5, 2019 • 14 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Behaviour Band-Aids
Apr 16, 2019 • 12 min
Why suppressing undesirable behaviour often backfires. —- Support this podcast:
Regulation & Standards in Dog Training with Dr Karen Van Haaften
Mar 15, 2019 • 27 min
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:…
Notes from a Crossover Trainer
Mar 6, 2019 • 29 min
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…
Dr Zazie Todd: Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training methods
Feb 5, 2019 • 27 min
We talk to Dr Zazie Todd of and discuss her paper ‘Barriers to the adoption of humane dog training methods’ —- Support this podcast:
Babies, Children and Dogs
Jan 25, 2019 • 33 min
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 —- Support this podcast:…
Animal Welfare and Training Methods
Jan 19, 2019 • 18 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Leash Reactivity
Jan 12, 2019 • 25 min
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. —- Support this podcast:…
Multiple Dog Households
Jan 5, 2019 • 14 min
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? —- Support this podcast:
How to Choose a Dog Walker
Dec 23, 2018 • 29 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Jane Killion of Puppy Culture & author of When Pigs Fly
Dec 8, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Whose Walk Is It Anyway?
Dec 4, 2018 • 14 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Compassion Fatigue Expert Jessica Dolce
Nov 9, 2018 • 31 min
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…
Certifications and Education; Why It Matters
Nov 1, 2018 • 14 min
Is experience enough in the dog training industry? Which certifications should the public look for? Which education programs should one consider? —- Support this podcast:
Richard Courtney talks Adoption: Expectations & Advice
Oct 12, 2018 • 29 min
We talk with Richard Courtney, animal welfare crusader in AZ and discuss adoption. What to expect, tips and advice. —- Support this podcast:
Sep 13, 2018 • 13 min
What is flooding? Is it ethical? What can we do for fearful dogs? —- Support this podcast:
Aggression in Dogs: Michael Shikashio
Aug 29, 2018 • 39 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Fast is not Effective
Aug 24, 2018 • 13 min
Lasting behaviour change in companion animals is not linear, nor os ot fast when executed correctly. —- Support this podcast:
Corrections in Training with Erika Gonzalez
Aug 7, 2018 • 35 min
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. —- Support…
Puppy Development & Socialization
Jul 13, 2018 • 19 min
Raising puppies is an important job and one in which we have a lot of information about socialization. —- Support this podcast:
Behavior Medications
Jun 30, 2018 • 58 min
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.…
What is Socialization?
Jun 29, 2018 • 8 min
What is socialization and can we socialize adult dogs? —- Support this podcast:
David Shade: Military Methods Not Needed
Jun 15, 2018 • 37 min
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. —-…
Dog Daycares
Jun 13, 2018 • 35 min
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. —- Support this podcast:
Chat with Don Hutton, dog trainer
Jun 9, 2018 • 25 min
Male Trainers in a Female Focused Field. We talk to Don Hutton, KPA Certified Dog Trainer and owner of Running Dogs Training & Behaviour Consulting —- Support this podcast:
First episode: why reward-based training?
Jun 1, 2018 • 18 min
Why Reward-based training? —- Support this podcast: