July 6, 2020

In Part 3 Michele Pouliot describes how she assembles a freestyle routine using back chaining. In Parts 1 and 2 of our conversation with Michele we learned how she uses platforms to teach the foundation behavior that she uses in her freestyle routine...

June 24, 2020

We have a long wish list of things we wanted to talk to Michele Pouliot about.  Michele is a canine trainer.  Many of you will know her through the Clicker Expo where she is a member of the faculty.  Michele wears several “hats”.  She was the driving...

June 18, 2020

Canine trainer, Michele Pouliot joins us for a discussion of platform training: what, why and how.

June 3, 2020

In May Dominique needed to move her three horses to a new barn.  Over the years two of her horses had become non-loaders so Dominique was dreading the move.  She knew she couldn’t wait until the last minute and hope for the best.  


May 28, 2020

We begin by sharing some of our takeaways from Dr. Susan Friedman's fabulous interview. If you've listened to her podcast (episode 104), you can see how yours compare with ours. This discussion led us to more "Easter eggs" and to trailer loading.

May 21, 2020

Dr Susan Friedman is our guest for this very special 2 hour podcast.  Normally we would divide up such a long conversation into many parts and spread them out over several weeks so they fit better into the rush of your life.  But this conversation is...

May 13, 2020

In part 2 of our conversation with Cindy Martin and Mary Hunter we talk about PORTL.  (Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab)

Cindy Martin hosts a clinic for me at her farm in Arkansas. 

Mary Hunter is our co-presenter in our new Listen and Learn...

May 6, 2020

In a conversation with Cindy Martin and Mary Hunter we discuss the “split in the church”. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to learn what that metaphor means in relation to training. It opened up a conversation about using different markers for di...

April 28, 2020

What is the difference between movement cycles and loopy training?  That’s the question we explore.  This podcast was recorded at the spring 2019 clinic that was held at Cindy Martin’s farm in Arkansas.  Several clinic regulars stayed over at the end...

April 22, 2020

We have reached a major milestone - our 100th Episode.  to celebrate we are announcing the publication of a project we have been working on for this past year.  We are delighted to introduce our "Listen and Learn Audio Course - An Introduction to App...

March 30, 2020

We conclude this four part series with a discussion of choice as it relates to concept training.

Links and resources

Vidhya's web site


The bucket game


Match to sample


March 18, 2020

Last week we described some fun games that make use of concept training.  In this episode we begin with the question - how do you teach concept training?

March 11, 2020

Last week we began a conversation with Vidyha Karthekiyan.   If you want to learn more about her training, you can visit her web site and facebook page - theunlikelytricksters.com. There you will meet Beanie, her site hound and her two cats.  Fr...

March 5, 2020

Concept training really lets our animals show us how smart they are. It is tremendous fun and it widens out the repertoire of behaviors you can ask for. Many of us have been introduced to concept training via Ken Ramirez and his many presentation at...

February 27, 2020

This is a very different kind of podcast. Dominique and I were at the Art and Science of Animal Training Conference. We had just come from the Saturday night dinner where I was given a very special award. After the presentation I was joined by Mary H...

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