BAT made a difference counterconditioning alone did not
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
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...
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
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.