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Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0: New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs Paperback – January 14, 2016
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I have enjoyed every chapter, every page and every line of the book. I think it is not only original, but breaking new ground in that it strikes a blow for ethical ways of training. I hope it will spread around the world.
I love the pedagogical approach of this book and the focus on how to install a feeling of control in a dog's life, all in all a fundamental recipe if you want your dog to feel safe and happy. It also adds an ability for dogs to predict events, which further strengthens its self-worth and being in control in relevant life situations. Keeping a distance to what triggers the dog and gradually come closer to it - another dog, a human or whatever the dog reacts to - is a training method with documented good results.
What I especially like in BAT 2.0 is something which is often overlooked in dog training, and that is how to use naturally occurring reinforcers: A method based on the "Premack's principle", or the relativity theory of reinforcement. Grisha does a great job of explaining how to use this in dog training.
The chapter "BAT for Puppy Socialization" earns special mention. It is simply excellent! In my opinion everyone who has a puppy, is getting a puppy, or is just interested in how to take care of puppies, should read and learn from this. In fact, it could be a separate book.
The BAT 2.0 book is a star among training concepts and Grisha Stewart has such a nice way of making everything easy to understand. Add her sense of humor to the topic and you have a book that is hard to put down.
-- Anders Hallgren, Animal behaviorist, dog psychologist, Psychologist Msc (Sweden)
From the Author
The BAT 2.0 book replaces the need to read the old one, because the technique is very different now. It's easier to understand and has even more focus on empowerment and stress reduction. I started with the old book as my foundation, but changed pretty much every sentence and added something like 100 more pages.
So unless you just want to compare BAT 1.0 and 2.0, save yourself the expense and only get the new book. Look for me on Facebook if you have questions about it.
BAT is a great way to rehabilitate dog reactivity (aggression, frustration, fear), but it's also really useful for puppy socialization and everyday life with all dogs. BAT is more than a technique - it's a lifestyle for everyone with dogs.
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The reasons I dinged her book two stars are:
1. This is a very hard read largely because the author spends so much time telling the reader about her previous book which you likely never read or heard of like me. This book would merit 5 stars if her editor had deleted all references to her first book or put them in an addendum.
2. The photos are not sharp and it is hard to see key things.
For owners, I bought one for my client and it was a little technical to her; however, I showed her a few of Grisha's youtube videos that are more high level, and then she was able to understand the book better.
5 stars! I would give more if i could!
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