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BAT 101 Mentoring: 6 Group Sessions with Joey Iversen CBATI
(Add-On Live Support for BAT 101)
beginning July 5, 2022)

Canine education for a better world.

Here at the Grisha Stewart Academy of Dog Behavior, we love Empowered Animals (in fact, that's the name of the company). We care about people and dogs as individuals, in community. We are in this for good, doing our part to co-create systemic solutions in which all can thrive.

If you're a professional dog trainer or behaviorist, dog walker, shelter staffer, groomer, or veterinarian, we have the continuing education you need to stay (or get to) the top of your game. If you're here for help with your own dog, we have straightforward, practical, effective positive dog behavior classes for you, too. These classes are more than just dog training, you'll get skills to help your dog(s) thrive in your family. If you care about kindness, you're welcome in our community.

We love to find and share new practical ways to improve quality of life for dogs AND their people. You won't just learn how to relate to dogs in a way that meets their needs, you'll learn how to apply an empowerment approach to yourself, training the "border collie in your head," because how you do one thing is how you do everything.

With nearly 100 inspiring, relationship-boosting online dog classes available on demand, and live sessions each month, as well as a nourishing, inclusive online community for peer support, we've definitely got something to make your life with dogs more joyful.

  • Efficient, modern, relationship-oriented, attachment- and trauma-informed humane dog training that you can trust.

  • World-class live courses with dog trainers and animal behavior experts, including Michael Shikashio, Susan Friedman, Chirag Patel, Kathy Sdao, Diane Garrod, Sarah Fisher, Leslie McDevitt, and so many more!

  • On-demand classes for instant access. All live courses are recorded for later viewing.

  • Learn BAT for reactivity (Behavior Adjustment Training) from the source. And lots more than BAT, too, from common behavior problems in the home to cooperative care to predation.

  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUS) for professional dog trainer certification. Proud to be an Approved Education Provider for the CCPDT.

  • If you're not a professional, don't worry, most of this information will be helpful for you and your own dog, too! The Dog Training Foundations category is a great place to start! That's also excellent if you want to become a professional dog trainer.

  • Compassionate online community.

  • Register for individual courses or get a Gold membership or Diamond All Access Pass to save money. Diamonds get access to every class and extra perks, too!

Academy Membership locked in at a great rate!

Diamond members get into every live and on-demand class on the site for just $29.99/month.

It's a phenomenal value for professional dog training education with world-class instructors like Michael Shikashio, Susan Friedman, Sue Sternberg, Chirag Patel, Kathy Sdao, Dante Camacho, Katrien Lismont, Lili Chin, and Leslie McDevitt.

Diamonds also have an exclusive Facebook group for support, special events, and other perks.

No surprises: keep this low rate as long as your membership is current. Cancel renewal at any time.

Professional Dog Trainer?

With our professional dog trainer education, you’ll not just learn about dog training, but how to coach others to use these skills in the Real World.

Proud Continuing Education Provider for Professional Dog Trainers and Behaviorists.

Please visit each course page for details of specific CEUs assigned.

Approved Education Provider CCPDT and IAABC

The Mind is Not a Vessel to Be Filled, but a Fire to Be Kindled.

I love dogs! I've helped well over 200,000 dogs in the last two decades and like you, I'm still learning every day. My unique online dog training academy shares innovative techniques rooted in science to nourish curiosity, compassion, and clear communication.

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Looking for Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT)?


My BAT Empowerment Video Series is an excellent place to start!

Communicate, solve problems, and apply the BAT technique to help your dog or puppy gain confidence and social skills.

$125 for all 6 videos or access them FREE with a Diamond Membership.

What professional dog trainers and family dog lovers are saying

Recent reviews of some of our 80+ classes.

5 star rating

Would have canceled the rest of my day to keep it going!

Tess Windhauser

No matter how many times I sign in to something about body language, I ALWAYS learn something new. But listening to highly respected professionals discussing...

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No matter how many times I sign in to something about body language, I ALWAYS learn something new. But listening to highly respected professionals discussing this one-of-a-kind book just made me a whole new level of excited about the work I do. I can't wait to start using it with my clients.

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5 star rating

I highly recommend this webinar for all dog parents and ...

RACHAEL MAGEE

An excellent webinar for fine tuning our understanding of how dogs communicate with us. Very well put together, presented with compassion and a good dose of ...

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An excellent webinar for fine tuning our understanding of how dogs communicate with us. Very well put together, presented with compassion and a good dose of humor!

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5 star rating

Super helpful for strong pullers!

Jennifer Gumas

I really enjoyed the ideas in this seminar. While it can be used for dogs of all sizes, I think these ideas (particularly the waist belt systems) will be par...

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I really enjoyed the ideas in this seminar. While it can be used for dogs of all sizes, I think these ideas (particularly the waist belt systems) will be particularly helpful for the very strong pullers or large dogs that lunge explosively. Sometimes I see clients having a hard time handling dogs with these tendencies during BAT sessions, so I think that these leash options will make it easier on their hands and bodies. Thank you for putting together this seminar and sharing these ideas!

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5 star rating

The one book

Dan Gesting

I volunteer as an adoption counselor at our local municipal shelter, and am often called to help folks navigate their new relationship. There are a ton of do...

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I volunteer as an adoption counselor at our local municipal shelter, and am often called to help folks navigate their new relationship. There are a ton of dog books and web resources I can point to, but this is my go-to for making sure folks have the kind of trusted information they need.

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Brilliant course.

Janet Whittingham

Loved this course, it is an excellent revision course for people working with reactive dogs. Set out very well and lots of practical skills incorporated to h...

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Loved this course, it is an excellent revision course for people working with reactive dogs. Set out very well and lots of practical skills incorporated to help owners empower their dogs with vital skills needed to cope with the outside world.

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A Little More About Me...

Dogs and People are my passion!

My name is Grisha Stewart and I'm best known among dog trainers for developing Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), a humane technique for dog aggression, frustration, and fear. I also love teaching all kinds of life skills, so this online school covers a lot of different subjects.

Through my international dog seminars, DVDs, books, and my in-person and online training schools, I've helped well over 200,000 dogs and their people thrive.

Here's a little history about me. When I transitioned from college math to being a professional dog trainer in 2003, I was excited to use positive reinforcement to communicate to dogs what I wanted. Control is a basic mammalian need and I really liked the sense of control it gave me, in a positive way. My dog, Peanut, was a rock star with outstanding tricks.

But as I matured as a dog trainer and a person, my focus shifted to ensuring that dogs still get to be dogs, that we find ways to live together that meet their needs and ours. That's why I developed BAT, and why I use positive reinforcement mindfully today, in ways that directly benefit the animal, like teaching cooperative care and consent. [click for my bio]

I created this site with all-inclusive memberships to help dog trainers and pet lovers have affordable access to effective, humane modern dog training techniques. Courses can also be purchased one at a time.

This online dog school is more than just education. It's an international community with some of the world's top animal professionals. I'm teaching several classes and I'm thrilled that many classes are also taught by my favorite dog behavior experts from all over the globe.

We learn and grow together, to encourage empowered, trustworthy, wholehearted living with dogs. 

Thanks for being here! 

Members don't have to pick and choose!

Students can register for individual classes, but you get them all (and more) for less, with a membership.

If you've made it to the bottom of this page, you're definitely one of us.

  • $29.99 / month

    $29.99 / monthDiamond Membership All Access Pass

    Great value! Access to ALL live and on-demand streaming content in the Academy.

    Diamonds are also part of a thriving, supportive community that loves to dig into every aspect of dog behavior. You'll get help from nearly 100 emotionally intelligent dog training and animal behavior classes, taught by my favorite experts from around the world. Diamonds also get special events, student coupons, and other perks. [Learn more].
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