A Holistic Approach to Puppy Training

Puppyhood is a delicate time, where puppies are learning what's 'normal' in their world, and what is scary or should be avoided.

This courses focuses on life skills versus the standard obedience-oriented approach. It can be taken as a stand-alone course or better, in conjunction with a well-run local puppy socialization and training course or private lessons from a trainer.

  • Essential skills for life with humans.

  • Socialization with dogs, people, and other species.

  • Environmental resilience.

  • How to stop and change unwanted behavior.

  • Text with videos, plus a 150-page eBook for reference.

  • Included with Diamond Membership (see below).

Especially for Puppies Under 6 Months

But most of this is also applicable to any dog in your life, especially a new rescue dog.

  • What is Empowerment?

    Empowered Puppy Raising is about giving dogs tools to thrive in human families. Exercises focus on helping puppies learn effective and healthy ways to meet their needs.

    By "healthy," I mean behavior that doesn't conflict with others (including people) also meeting their needs.

  • Who is This For?

    The how-to portion will be accessible to 'regular' puppy parents and the additional dog-geek discussions are meant for professional dog trainers and dog enthusiasts.

    This course includes BAT for puppies, empowered counterconditioning techniques, and clicker training, among other things.

  • Bonus: 150 page eBook

    Get a free copy of the Ahimsa Dog Training Manual with this course.

    Downloadable in 3 different formats, so it should work in pretty much any eReader (ePub, Mobi, and PDF).


Great for new or experienced owners

Katey Aldred MSc, FdSc, RVN, MAPDT (01204), CBATI, PPG

"The way the course is run with video and written explanation means it is great for new or experienced owners. It is also suitable for dog trainers that want to join with a puppy. The format allows flexibility for the student to fit it in around life, and join a great community of trainers.”

”The content has really focused on important life skills and has introduced new exercises each week. The delivery is in a very easy to read format, and being able to upload videos is really great for self development. Grisha and the TAs are very helpful and supportive and have done an excellent job in sharing their knowledge. I would highly recommend this course for any level of handler."

What's Included?

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  • 1

    Getting Started

    • How to View This Course

    • Syllabus: What You'll Learn

    • Ahimsa Dog Training Manual eBook Download

  • 2

    Section 1: Philosophy

  • 3

    Section 2: Social Skills

    • Section Overview

    • Reducing Excitement

    • Other Dogs

    • Other Species

    • Play, Conflict Resolution, and Social Consequences

    • BAT Leash Skills

    • Training Recommendations: Touch & Name

    • Pause to Practice

  • 4

    Section 3: Needs

    • Section Overview

    • What Does Your Puppy Need? And How Do You Know?

    • How Needs Lead to Problems

    • Food Puzzles and Enrichment

    • Targeting and Crate Training

    • Pause to Practice

  • 5

    Section 4: Cooperation

    • Section Overview

    • What Cooperation Looks Like & How to Get It (More Please Signals)

    • Grooming

    • Vet Care

    • Gearing Up for a Walk

    • Training: Head Through, Restraint, Paw Target

    • Pause to Practice

  • 6

    Section 5: Environment

    • Section Overview

    • Surfaces

    • Proprioception (I Have Back Legs?)

    • Training: Stop/Stay/Wait and Targeting Head Into Objects

    • Pause to Practice

  • 7

    Section 6: Problem Solving

    • Session Overview

    • How All of This Ties Together to Solve Problems

    • Training: Bring/Drop and Food Bowl

    • Training: Recall (Coming When Called)

    • Pause to Practice

    • Next Steps

About the Instructor

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).
5 star rating

Useful and fun

Rosa Roldán

Everything I expected and much more.

Everything I expected and much more.

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