Dogwise Publishing is very pleased to announce the release of Grisha Stewarts Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 - New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs. As Grisha has stated many times, she views BAT as a work in progress and has strived to improve the techniques she uses in helping dogs and their owners deal with whatever triggers their reactivity. Over the years since the original BAT book came out, Grisha came to realize that a number of changes in her protocols could be made to reduce the stress of and to allow a more natural learning process on the part of the student dog in the presence of a trigger. The key is to empower the dog by allowing him more control over the outcome of encounters with triggers, but at the same time keeping the dog safe and below threshold as much as possible. This helps build a more self-confident and resilient dog. One of the major changes is in how a typical BAT Set-up is structured. In the original version, the human caretaker normally had a set plan in mind as far as how close to approach a trigger, i.e., first stopping at 100 feet, then at 80 feet, etc. A good choice on the part of the dog was marked and the dog was moved away. BAT 2.0 differs in that the student dog is empowered to move about the set-up area and approach (or not approach) the trigger at his own pace as long as he remains sub-threshold. This places a lot of responsibility on the caretaker to be able to read the student dogs body language and react accordingly. It also means that the leash skills of the caretaker need to be very good to help move the dog out the danger zone if he is showing signs of going over threshold. When that occurs, especially in fairly close proximity to the trigger, Grisha employs a technique she refers to as Mark and Move in which the caretaker marks the best behavior she can reasonably wait for (often a cut-off signal), move away, and then reinforce the dog for signaling his discomfort rather than reacting in an unfavorable manner.
The concepts and techniques associated with BAT have application beyond formal Set-ups in staged environments. You can use variations of BAT while socializing a puppy, while out on a walk, with dogs who fence fight, bark at strangers as they walk by on the street, or react poorly as people approach or enter the dogs home. Chapters on each of these situations are included in the book as well as a very important chapter on management techniques which can keep reactivity from arising in the first place. Grisha has also included sidebar tips for professional trainers as well as material in the appendices for those who want to learn more about how BAT evolved, clicker training skills, and how BAT relates and compares to other techniques for working with reactive dogs. Appendix 3 - Geek Speak - is an incredible resource for those who want to really immerse themselves in the subject of BAT and dog reactivity.
This new Work replaces the original BAT book which is now officially out of print. A digital version of Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 is being released simultaneously with the print book. The new book stands alone, someone new to BAT will learn everything they need to know from BAT 2.0. While some of the material is the same in both versions, the new emphasis on empowering the student dog and how that impacts the BAT protocols makes BAT 2.0 a worthy investment. There are also DVDs, sold separately, available to watch to further illustrate the new techniques. We believe that BAT 2.0 is an incredible resource which trainers and owners who work with reactive dogs should have in their libraries.
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