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.

NEWS: In July, 2022, we are offering a 6-session live online mentoring course with Joey Iversen as a companion for this course. Click here to learn more.

  • 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.

    CCPDT Trainers can earn 2 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.


Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Author

Grisha Stewart MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

I'm a dog trainer, author, and international speaker based in Oregon, USA. I enjoy developing creative, empowering approaches to dog socialization and everyday manners. My most recent development is the leash belay technique, which leverages physics to allow handlers to comfortably bring pulling dogs to a gentle stop.

I'm an animal behavior geek, passionate about wholehearted living for all beings, including humans and dogs with a history of aggression, frustration, or fear. My Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT 2.0) technique is now used worldwide to help dogs gain confidence and social skills. A conservative calculation is that well over 100,000 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, started traveling worldwide to teach dog trainers in 2010, and started an online dog training school in 2014. My partner and I currently live with Garbanzo (aka "Adventure Kitty" and "Baby Panther") and Zuki (the sweetheart of a dog pictured here).

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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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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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