Turn dog reactivity into confident mindfulness, step-by-step.

Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) is a unique, organic, empowering technique to help dogs find their way from reactivity to resilience. The BAT 101 class has video and written explanations of the BAT technique, along with six assignments to practice at your own pace and consolidate what you've learned.

This course is an excellent guide to understanding the technique from the ground up. If you're a professional trainer or working with one, the structure in this course will set you up for success. It's a self-paced course, meant to take 6-12 weeks.

  • Barking, lunging, growling on walks.

  • Fighting with other dogs in the home.

  • Avoiding or shutting down around people or dogs.

  • Biting or barking at people.

  • Also useful for socializing PUPPIES and all dogs!

  • Included with Diamond Membership (see below).

Your hands-on guide to rehabilitate dog reactivity.

BAT builds appropriate social skills by encouraging a sense of safety.

  • What is BAT?

    Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) is a practical technique and a philosophy. Polyvagal theory research indicates that mammals offer pro-social behavior when they feel safe.

    BAT combines observation, long leash techniques, training scenarios, and survival skills for real life.

  • Who is this for?

    Anyone who wants to work on dog reactivity is welcome to take this course. While it's great for professional dog trainers, it's also simple enough for non-professionals to follow along.

    Each of the 6 major sections has a Pause to Practice with activities to help you and your dog learn.

    2 CCPDT CEUs, 2 IAABC CEUS

  • More Help

    For biting/fighting: if you aren't a dog trainer, I recommend you hire a CBATI or local positive trainer familiar with BAT to work with you during this course.

What's Included?

  • 1

    Getting Started

    • How to View This Course

    • Syllabus: What You'll Learn

    • Recommended Equipment

  • 2

    Section 1: BAT Fundamentals

    • Before/After Clips (and the BAT Song)

    • What is BAT?

    • BAT Leash Skills (Super Important!)

    • Treat Party (Emergency Recall Training)

    • Pause to Practice

  • 3

    Section 2: Body Language and Useful Skills

    • Body Language

    • Find It (Great for Distraction)

    • Equipment for Dog Reactivity, including Muzzle Training

    • Pause to Practice

  • 4

    Section 3: Mark & Move and Survival Skills

    • Mark and Move: Greetings and Small Spaces

    • More Survival Skills for Walks & Real Life

    • Pause to Practice

  • 5

    Section 4: BAT Set-Ups!

    • Set-Ups are a Time to Rehearse Feeling Safe

    • Before Your Set-Up

    • Getting Your Set-Up Started

    • Doing BAT

    • After Your Set-Up

    • Pause to Practice

  • 6

    Section 5: Troubleshooting

    • Some Common Pitfalls

    • Other Trouble

    • Pause to Practice

  • 7

    Section 6: Small Spaces

    • Greetings - the Last 10 Feet

    • Training in Small Spaces (Indoors or Tight Spots in a City)

    • Pause to Practice

  • 8

    Conclusion & Other Resources

    • What's Next?

BAT made a difference counterconditioning alone did not

Charlie Hackenbruch

Blaze is my crossover dog, and reading the original BAT book was a part of my crossover journey. I started trying to teach my dog to self soothe - and I started seeing that in the weekly socialization group I was going to for my dog training apprenticeship, dogs were being corrected - corrected lightly and gently, but still corrected - for sniffing and exploring instead of focusing. BAT made a tremendous improvement in my reactive dog that desensitization and counter conditioning alone did not. So after I turned to training with aversive tools because I wasn't finding success with positive training, Behavior Adjustment Training gave me success I wasn't getting using a balanced approach, and brought me back to positive training. Blaze is 7 now and in many ways is the easiest dog in my house.

BAT is a way of life

Bernardina Marriott

After years of being a know it all.. Kimmy found me..she was very very frightened, reactive, and just not loving life...but there was something there .. the bond between us was there from the start.. I got Kimmys confidence and trust in me.. but there was always something just not right... still not a happy pup.. Then at dog school our trainer had been to a seminar and Grisha was there talking about a 'new way of letting the dogs work things out for themselves,'.. This opened my eyes... found YouTube clips,read the book.. and slowly every so slowly this little wonder dog started to shine.. As well as I did and still doing.. BAT to me is a way of life. For all living things... If we just open our eyes.. watch.. feel relaxed.. and willing to learn the world will open up... Thanks Grisha from me and Kimmy and all the other dogs that you have helped...

Really calming

Jill Wattles

I’m fairly new to BAT, but this is the little guy I’m using for all my practice, Ziggy! Came out of a bad situation and fearful of everything, but really calming with the BAT work

Transformed my dog's life

Liz Mitchell

It was many years ago, but your first book helped transform my dog's life. He had lived in a world of fear, but BAT helped him get used to so many things. He was never fully happy with other dogs, unless he knew then well, but he was able to go out for walks on a long line and have fun in his life.

Instructor

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Author

Grisha Stewart MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

I'm a collaborative dog trainer, author, podcaster, international presenter, and keynote speaker based in Oregon, USA. I enjoy developing empowering approaches to dog socialization and everyday manners.

I'm fascinated by animal behavior, somatic awareness, and psychology. I'm passionate about wholehearted living for all beings, including dogs with a history of aggression, frustration, or fear as well as puppies and my other favorite species: humans.

My Behavior Adjustment Training technique (BAT 2.0 and the new BAT 3.0) is used worldwide to help dogs gain confidence and social skills. A conservative calculation is that well over 200,000 people have learned about BAT so far.

I have always loved teaching. I earned a Master's in mathematics and taught college courses, but I found my true calling in dog training. I have been teaching dog training and behavior since 2003. In 2010, I started traveling worldwide to teach dog trainers about BAT. In 2014 I developed BAT 2.0 and also started my online dog training and behavior school, which now has over 100 classes from my favorite emotionally intelligent dog experts. My new podcast, The Lesson is Love launches in 2023.

As an outgoing introvert, I enjoy traveling to cooperative conferences and love teaching about dogs online. I refresh my batteries by savoring life in the woods with my husband (Tom), Labrador (Joey), cat (Garbanzo aka "Adventure Kitty" and "Baby Panther"), and Little Brown Dog (Zuki).

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Thank you!

Stephanie Roberts

This was a great a course. I have used this program on 3 different occasions to successfully assist dogs with their reactivity. I am looking forward to conti...

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This was a great a course. I have used this program on 3 different occasions to successfully assist dogs with their reactivity. I am looking forward to continue to develop this understanding to help with dogs at our local humane society. I’m adding to my first review. Because of Covid, I think, I am getting a lot more calls for dogs dealing with reactivity. I am coming back to BAT to help them. I’m so grateful for Grisha for this tool that I can return to when I need it.

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BAT Fundamentals

Dennis Fehling

I have been a long time student of BAT ( pretty much when it started) and was one of the first earn the CBATI certification in 2012. I am constantly reviewi...

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I have been a long time student of BAT ( pretty much when it started) and was one of the first earn the CBATI certification in 2012. I am constantly reviewing what I can do better and what I am doing well when it comes to BAT in general. The fact that this is a great place to review all of the foundations of BAT keeps me learning and refreshed no matter how much I am practicing and working with Clients. Thank you again Grisha for bringing this to the world of dogs and people.

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Wonderful

Guro Fossen Schlytter

I really like this way of working with dogs and horses, empowering them to make good decisions on their own.

I really like this way of working with dogs and horses, empowering them to make good decisions on their own.

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Well written instructions

Nance Moran

Well written summaries of instructions!

Well written summaries of instructions!

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Ready to go

Heather Kernan

I really enjoy the short videos with simple techniques I can incorporate right away. Feeling empowered to deal with my fear and frustration as well as my dogs.

I really enjoy the short videos with simple techniques I can incorporate right away. Feeling empowered to deal with my fear and frustration as well as my dogs.

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BAT has changed our lives!

Katie Hakanson

I started looking into getting my fear-reactive dog some help about 3 years ago and was quickly overwhelmed by all the mixed information on what to do. I cam...

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I started looking into getting my fear-reactive dog some help about 3 years ago and was quickly overwhelmed by all the mixed information on what to do. I came across BAT 2.0 in an online forum, bought the book and things just made sense. Eventually I figured that I might as well take the online course as well to make sure that I'm doing things correctly. BAT has improved the quality of our walks and my doggo can make more peaceful decisions by himself in a lot of situations. He has come a long way and I truly appreciate the shift of mindset this course offers. I also work as a pet sitter/dog walker and come across lots of other fear-reactive, frustrated, and aggressive dogs. Implementing the BAT skills I've acquired on walks helps keep us both safe while building a stronger bond. With all the lessons I've learned from this course and seeing how dogs can blossom I am seriously considering becoming a CBATI :) THANK YOU, Grisha!!!

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BAT 101

Lisa Marucci

I had read your book and signed up for this class for personal, and professional, reasons. I have been using my rescue pup and the set ups have been so helpf...

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I had read your book and signed up for this class for personal, and professional, reasons. I have been using my rescue pup and the set ups have been so helpful. I am truly looking forward to helping others with the knowledge that I have gained from this excellent course. Thank you.

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BAT 101 SECTION 1

EMILIE IANEZ

This session is very clear. Videos allow us to understand well what BAT method, especially Leash skills, is about.

This session is very clear. Videos allow us to understand well what BAT method, especially Leash skills, is about.

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Videos

Leïla Difallah

I really love videos, it help to see, no just learn the theory and wish we get it right. Even if i already have a good leash skills, i've learned tips. Thank...

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I really love videos, it help to see, no just learn the theory and wish we get it right. Even if i already have a good leash skills, i've learned tips. Thank you, big and great work

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This might be it! :)

Vera Köpsel

Love the course and the technique so far! I've been working with positive training/reinforcement for about 1 year now and see great results, but my dog Siah ...

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Love the course and the technique so far! I've been working with positive training/reinforcement for about 1 year now and see great results, but my dog Siah is still reactive towards larger dogs and men in work gear. Have started practicing the approaches of BAT 2 weeks ago and I think it's really working for us! Of course we need more work (especially as we can't do 'real' set-ups due to lack of helpers/space), but we're getting into it and both Siah & I got much calmer already. Grisha explains this all very well, very good course!

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