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BEHAVIOR ADJUSTMENT TRAINING - BAT FOR FEAR, FRUSTRATION, AND AGGRESSION IN DOGS
by Grisha Stewart (See other books by author)


Publisher: Dogwise Publishing
Edition:
2011 Paperback, 228 pages

ISBN: 9781617810503
Item: DTB1224
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Summary: Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) was developed by Grisha Stewart to rehabilitate and prevent dog reactivity. BAT looks at the function of growling, lunging, or fleeing and helps dogs learn socially acceptable behaviors that serve that same function. That makes BAT very empowering to your dog or puppy.

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Think “functional” to solve your dog’s reactivity issues.
Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) was developed by author Grisha Stewart to rehabilitate and prevent dog reactivity. BAT looks at the function of growling, lunging, or fleeing and helps dogs learn socially acceptable behaviors that serve that same function. In a nutshell, BAT builds confidence by giving dogs a chance to learn to control their environment through peaceful means. That makes BAT very empowering to your dog or puppy, in a good way. It’s also empowering for you, as you learn how to understand your dog and help him learn to safely get along with people, dogs, and other “triggers.”

You will learn:
• How to encourage or shape a “replacement behavior” that provides your dog the same “functional reward” as reactivity.
• Why it is important to keep your dog calm in the presence of a trigger while teaching him to make good choices.
• Step-by-step instructions needed to stage BAT set-ups to work with your dog in a controlled environment.
• Practical ways to keep your dog from being pushed into a reactive state in and around your home and on walks.
• How to use BAT preventively for puppy socialization.

What experts are saying about Behavior Adjustment Training
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 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

Grisha Stewart’s DVDs on BAT training have made her a popular seminar presenter all over the world. She is the owner of Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, which offers a wide range of dog and puppy classes and an online store.

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The Midwest Book Review
Dogs, just like humans, have anxiety around others. "Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs" is a guide to working with dogs as a trainer and an owner and encourage dogs to behave appropriately in situations that inspire aggression and anxiety throughout their lives. Placing the focus on what triggers the behavior and how to calm a dog through it, and the importance of starting young, "Behavior Adjustment Training" is an insightful and much recommend dive into dog psychology for community library pets collections. James A. Cox Library Bookwatch


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Best book for aggression issues!, February 11, 2015
Reviewer: Johanna Bouchard
I got this book, along with several others, to help with my fear-aggressive and reactive dog. While many of the other books were helpful, I wasn't really making that much progress with her until I read this book, and the changes were AMAZING!

The methods in this book are extremely easy to follow, and are accompanied by photos and drawings to help the reader visualize exactly what they are supposed to do, and what to look for in your dog as far as body language goes. It works by rewarding the appropriate responses from your dog by allowing them to get away from the object/person/animal they are reacting to. It's great because it actually re-shapes the way the dog thinks, so they end up adopting this method all on their own, after a deal of repetition. Using this method alone, my dog stopped chasing and barking at bicycles completely, and her reactivity towards people has gotten so much better. When we see people coming towards us on walks now, she will break her fixation on them and ask me to turn around so that we can walk away- I don't know of any other training method that teaches a dog to do that!!

Of course, it's always great to have lots of different methods in your arsenal, so I do recommend several different training books (Control Unleashed by Leslie McDevitt, Click to Calm by Emma Parsons, Fired Up Frantic and Freaked Out by Laura VanArendonk Baugh are all great) but if you have an aggressive or reactive dog this should be the VERY FIRST book you buy, because it's absolutely invaluable!
 
, October 26, 2013
Reviewer: Ashley Foesier
Been studying canine behaviour and reactivity for a while, this was a free insight. has many applications, and can take you one step father with your dog, where normal counter conditioning will take you so far, then you add bat and you might just get to where you want to be. I used BAT for reactivity and frustration, i also used it for fear of the car, the vacuum cleaner, the bike, the stroller. if it rolls or makes noise you can guarantee my dog was afraid of it, now she has no problem with any of these things and it was fast too. combines life rewards with bonus rewards. definitely one book that should be on the trainers book shelf for further use.
 
Absolutely excellent!, October 3, 2013
Reviewer: Judith Azaren
BAT was developed for fear and aggression, but for 'normal' dogs, too, the protocol has so many applications. It helps the dog make good choices while confidence-building by putting the dog in control of his own situation. How brilliant!

In addition to instructions for using the basic protocol, many variations are discussed and can be applied to address specific situations. The book also includes lots of peripheral information on management and strategies for keeping the dog safe and below threshold.

I have used BAT successfully for my own reactive dog as well as in sport classes for dogs with concerns about equipment or other things in the environment. The protocol is easy to teach, and dogs' caretakers can practice and implement it on their own. BAT is also very flexible, making it suitable for almost any situation in which a dog is uncomfortable.

(I don't understand the reviewer who thought this was a clicker book, as clickers are not typically used in BAT!)
 
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