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Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs

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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 chanc ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Dogwise Publishing
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Dec 05, 2011 Lorraine rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Shelves: canines, own
Before I get to the actual content, I just want to talk about how exceedingly well the material is presented. Regular training books can suffer from being overly dry, unclear, difficult to apply, de-motivating, and other issues that either make useful information that would in fact work for a given dog anywhere from unhelpful to useless due to learner difficulty on the human’s part or make a given book unhelpful for/inapplicable to a given dog or of little use in general to dog kind, especially ...more
Leanna Aker
As I've been working with my dog-reactive border collie, I've read a lot of dog training books. Many of them have great suggestions, but I feel powerless to implement many of the set-ups that are described. I did *not* feel that way after reading this book. While some of the BAT protocol involves very specific set-ups, two things were encouraging to me: 1) There were countless suggestions given for how to implement this protocol in the "real world", where you can't control every variable, and 2) ...more
This is an awesome book for any dog owner. I think a lot of dog reactivity is sometimes fueled by well meaning owners behavior and this book is an excellent piece of the training puzzle to overcome such habits.

I like that she starts out with a discussion of basic safety and training equipment. This is a key discussion that a lot of books do touch on, however not in as much detail as Grisha does. IMO this section is essential.

The actual book isn't that long and it is very clear and concise. The i
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 appr
Erin Coleman
When I first hear about BAT, I dismissed it as illogical. Moving my dog away from people is going to help him stop lunging and growling at people? No sense! But I'm a person who thinks like a person, and luckily Grisha Stewart is a person who can think like a dog. The more I read and more videos I watch, I think this might be the only thing that will give me and Banks real, long-lasting results. Classic counter-conditioning and desensitization were, over the course of a year, very slowly having ...more
The method Ms. Stewart is recommending worked great for my dog - I would say most of his Fear-Induced Aggression is gone. The reasons beyond aggressive behavior are well-explained, and so is the "philosophy" beyond the BAT - and it makes following the advice, day after day, way easier.
Sarah Korpela
I bought this at her seminar and it gave me a lot ideas to help my dog become less leash reactive. It also help to explain what is happening when your dog reacts or " goes over threshold ".
Though it may seem tedious it really helps because it works with the dog rather than against it.
Anna Vasalaki
Although I was familiar with most of the concepts, I found this book useful for its step-by-step instructions and various suggestions for training variations.
I had to be patient until I reached the interesting part, but it was worth it.
A must for all dog owners and especially those with reactive, nervous or amped up pups.
Brae Peel raphael
this is what I want to become certified in.
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