Day 1 - Empowered Socialization: Behavior Adjustment Training for Aggression, Frustration, and Fear (2-day seminar)
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This 2-day BAT seminar, “Empowered Socialization: Behavior Adjustment Training for Dog Aggression, Frustration, and Fear” is a thorough introduction to the BAT 2.0 technique. You will learn force-free, empowering methods to address reactive dog behavior, including barking, jumping, lunging, biting, pulling on the leash, or running away.
Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, Jan. 20, 10 am to 5 pm
$180/person, incl. lunch and snacks.
Fighting is expensive for dogs. Instead of jumping directly into fighting, most dogs give distance-increasing signals, from subtle to overt. But many dogs have also learned to give up on the subtle signals and leap straight to showing big aggressive displays, fighting, or fleeing in panic.
When dealing with aggression, fear, or frustration, BAT builds social skills, confidence around the trigger, and trust in the handler. While food or other rewards are used with BAT in certain situations, the main focus of BAT is on giving the dog maximal control in the desensitization process without interference from the handler. This technique is subtle, yet powerful, and should definitely go into your training toolbox.
This presentation will show many video clips with case studies using a variety of BAT set-ups, as well as videos of how to deal with problems that crop up, practical hands-on work for your own leash skills, and how to use BAT with other behavior modification techniques. We will discuss the science behind BAT and similar techniques, the reasons and ways that BAT is kept low-stress, how to get volunteers for set-ups, how to use BAT ‘undercover’ in the real world, how BAT compares to other methods, and more. You’ll also get some hands-on practice via roleplaying with leash handling techniques that are essential for BAT.
* All participants should bring a clicker and a 6' leash with them to the seminar. If you don't have these items or forget, they will be available to purchase for an additional cost at the beginning of the first day.
Email Behavior@utahhumane.org for questions.
Speaker: Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA
Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA is an author, international speaker, and dog trainer who specializes in dog reactivity. She founded the online Animal Building Blocks Academy in Alaska and Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, which has earned many awards, including Best of Western Washington. “Ahimsa” is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to all living things, which reflects Grisha’s focus on empowerment to promote the well being of dogs and their humans.
Her latest book, “Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0: New Practical Techniques for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression,” was published by Dogwise in early 2016. Her popular second book, “The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving & Manners,” was published in 2012 and updated in 2014. Her popular BAT 2.0 DVD series about empowered socialization and training was released in 2014.
Grisha is an enthusiastic and entertaining presenter who creates her seminars to accommodate a variety of learning styles.