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Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs Paperback – September 1, 2011
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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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"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!!!!!
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.Read more ›
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One of the most complete books on behaviour modification. I have read a lot of dog training books, and this certainly makes my top 10. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vasalaki Anna
Bought this as a gift for my friend who is a Certified Dog Trainer. She loves it.Published 3 months ago by Karen S. Spradlin
very well written. clear. to the point. easy wrought for beginnersPublished 3 months ago by Danielle M. Ford
This book was on a recommended reading list from the OSU Veterinary Behavior clinic. After receiving a diagnosis that my dog is fear aggressive, I was very confused and upset. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Miller
AUDIENCE: Although the book is reasonably jargon-free, it relies on much experience to make the best use of it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Canis bonus
Excellent for owners or trainers of dogs who need additional attention.Published 8 months ago by Ross Tartan
This has some merit however if you are going this low on the humane training list, you are not doing what is best for your dog. R- I would worry about giving my dog new fears.Published 8 months ago by Jan Barnett Canfield
I wish that I had this book 2 years ago when I first rescued my reactive dog. It has helped me handle, manage and live with my reactive dog.Published 8 months ago by cg@heart