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Every trainer should have the methods described in BAT in their tool box. There d be a lot more happy dogs and happy owners if they did! --Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D author The Other End of the Leash

Every trainer who works with dogs that aren t completely bombproof should have both the technical skills of BAT and the learning theory behind it in their toolbox. Grisha Stewart presents a thoughtful, reader-friendly protocol that is appropriate for both professionals and laypeople. Both scientific and entertaining, this book will skilfully guide you through a sticky subject. --Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CPDT-KA, CDBC, author Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog

Behavior Adjustment Training is an excellent resource for people who have reactive dogs, and the professional trainers who help them. Grisha Stewart s instruction is easy to understand, enhanced by wonderful illustrations, and she includes the technical jargon for pros who crave the science! --Teoti E. Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, author Your Outta Control Puppy

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Grisha Stewart s DVDs on BAT training have made her a popular seminar presenter all over the world.
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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Direct Book Service (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617810509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617810503
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA is a dog trainer, author, and seminar presenter based in Alaska who specializes in dog reactivity and socialization. She founded Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, which has earned many awards, including Best of Western Washington. "Ahimsa" is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to all living things, which reflects Grisha's focus on force-free methods to promote the well-being of dogs and their humans.

Her latest dog training book, "BAT 2.0: New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs" will be published by Dogwise in late 2015, with preorders for signed copies available through her site. Her popular book, "Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Aggression, Frustration, and Fear in Dogs," was published by Dogwise in late 2011. She developed BAT to help her own dog, Peanut, and her clients in Seattle. Grisha loves traveling the world giving seminars to trainers and dog owners. She also likes teaching online courses in her pajamas! Her latest book is "The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving & Manners."

Visit http://GrishaStewart.com for more information on Grisha and her dog training techniques.

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I have been reading and studying books on reactivity and aggression for years, ever since I had a dog with this problem. I have to say that this is my favorite! There are other programs out there that will be successful, but I found that this author does the best job of organizing a program. She not only tells you what to do in various situations, but she explains WHY. This can only make us better trainers and more alert to our dog's reactions to things.

"Set Ups" are highly recommended as part of the BAT program, and I experienced first-hand how valuable these can be. I helped a friend work on her dog's fear reaction, and in recreating the event that scared him, and breaking it down into it's component parts, we discovered that the dog was not reacting to what the owner had thought. Knowing exactly what to work on certainly makes for more successful training! There are many other suggestions in the book for managing the life of a reactive or aggressive dog, both at home and away. There are discussions about various tool options, and stories of successful training with dogs having various issues. This book is worth it's weight in gold!!!!!

Kathy Robbins
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My very sweet youngest Lab (who is now two and a half years old) suddenly became fear reactive at the end of last year. For a few months I worked on my own using another technique that helped her, but I wasn't getting the results I wanted. And I refuse to use other "corrective" techniques like prong or shock collars on any of my dogs. Last spring I began to work with a behaviorist who uses BAT and the technique has been very, very helpful for my girl. We use BAT in combination other techniques, primarily the counter-conditioning "Look At That" (LAT). However, BAT is especially helpful for my dog because she is particularly prone to being reactive to "surprises". In these situations, LAT doesn't work well, but BAT is perfect. Admittedly, at first it was very challenging to notice the sometimes subtle nuances in calming behavior so it was helpful to work with the behaviorist so one of us could watch her. However, after a while this became very second-nature to me and to my dog. And it has taught me to be much more attentive to my dog's behavior. She actually now knows the cue "BAT", so if I see her getting aroused and she hasn't made the choice to calm and redirect herself, I can cue her with "Where's your BAT?" and she will immediately offer sniffing, turning away, shaking it off, or yawning (her four favorites). She has made great progress and we will continue to work with BAT. It has really helped her to de-stress and focus, particularly in agility, where she can be surprised by dogs in high energy situations. I highly recommend BAT to anyone who is dealing with reactivity. It is a very frustrating, and sometimes heartbreaking, issue to deal with, but I found great relief through the use of this technique . . . and so has my dog!
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No single training technique is appropriate for all dogs, and that is especially true with dogs exhibiting aggression, but I can say categorically that following Grisha Stewart's training protocol made my reactive dog MORE reactive rather than less. What was once a mild reactivity to dogs became, in my dog, a worrisome reactivity to strangers and all sudden movement over the course of several weeks. I am now faced with the task of undoing the harm.

I read this book in preparation for a BAT class series in which I was handling my own dog during set ups with other dogs. I viewed Grisha Stewart's DVD as well, and after completing my classes I read the book again. I approached all of this with an open mind, but I have cocluded that Stewart's training approach is wrong-headed.

BAT is a trademarked adaptation of operant conditioning techniques, with a general goal of replacing reactivity with incompatible, calming behaviors. Good in theory. In practice, though, Stewart's approach-and-retreat set ups are very like the way people bait dogs bred for fighting. With BAT you do your best to stay under threshold, of course, but how do you know where that threshold is? Realistically, it's by miscalculating and having your dog get over-aroused a few times. In the case of my smart, chase-crazy, shy-temperament herding dog, repeatedly approaching a dog across the field -- then retreating-- was boring and frustrating, and it fed the obsessiveness that is part of his breed makeup. The entire procedure became imbued with stress, and the same was true for the other dogs in the class. The instructor resorted, after a few classes, to the tried-and-true counter-conditioning technique of plugging the dogs with treats, or raining treats from the sky, when they saw a trigger.
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Grisha Stewart built on and improved our methods for helping to "fix" barking, lunging, reactive dogs. This is a well-written guide to help a reactive dog learn how to be more polite and also more emotionally sound. Highly recommended for anyone trying to solve the problem of a whirling dervish on the other end of the leash.
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Positive methods are the only way to truly help fearful/aggressive dogs. Things like prong collars may stop the dog from lunging and growling, but they create a ticking time bomb. The dog is stressed and anxious, but he's keeping his feelings to himself. This can result in the lunging/growling spontaneously recurring in the future, or in a dog who bites without warning, even in other situations. BAT works by rewiring the dog's brain. It teaches him that he has a choice about how close he gets to things that frighten him. Knowing that he isn't going to be trapped makes him braver and calmer. It gives him back the flight option, so that he doesn't have to choose fight when when feels threatened. If you're like most people, you'll go into this book feeling like your dog freaks out, suddenly and for no reason, and after finishing the last chapter, you'll not only understand what triggers him and why, you'll also see that he gives you tons of warning that he's uncomfortable. First his ears go up. Then he stands still and stares, maybe with one paw in the air. Then the leash gets tight as he pulls forward. Finally, he lunges and growls. The initial warnings are there, they're just invisible to you right now because they're quiet and subtle. BAT will teach you how to understand your dog's emotional state, and when and how to interrupt the reactivity cycle so that you and your dog are happier. It's a fantastic book.
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