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If you work with dogs, this is a must!

Karen Lees

I learned a lot from this course, Grisha's section was helpful for seeing how to prevent a reactive dog from feeling over threshold and Michael's half was gr...

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I learned a lot from this course, Grisha's section was helpful for seeing how to prevent a reactive dog from feeling over threshold and Michael's half was great for those times when you're still practising your BAT set ups but there's a SEC that could spook your learner. I am now practising sliding my hands down the leashes and locking grips constantly!

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Nice Comparison

Tomi Vensel

Although Grisha and Michael demonstrate very different leash handling techniques (Grisha long line and Michael short leash) both techniques are applicable to...

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Although Grisha and Michael demonstrate very different leash handling techniques (Grisha long line and Michael short leash) both techniques are applicable to use with any dog, depending on the environment and situation, and are important skills to master with our own dogs, and then teach to our clients, or use with the dogs we work with. I always enjoy any webinar from Grisha or Michael, they each enthusiastically share their knowledge.

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Fantastic Collaborative approach!

Melanie Steele

skills learned hand in hand for both sides, proactive and defensive, of leash handling! Amazing approach and discussion to help fully understand the use of b...

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skills learned hand in hand for both sides, proactive and defensive, of leash handling! Amazing approach and discussion to help fully understand the use of both!

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Very good!

Nanci Sullivan

I haven't read the text, but I was able to see most of the live airing, and plan to see the recording with the bonus addition and get the hand-outs. I though...

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I haven't read the text, but I was able to see most of the live airing, and plan to see the recording with the bonus addition and get the hand-outs. I thought the webinar was very good. I have a lot of experience with 6-8' leashes, but not with long lines, so I'm looking forward to practicing with both (picked up a few tips with the shorter leashes, but am looking forward to seeing how different it will be with harnesses - have never used them before). I thought both speakers were excellent, and explanations and visual instruction were also. Definitely 5 stars for this!

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Good Information

Ben Balser

Good information on leash work for aggressive behavior or emergency situations.

Good information on leash work for aggressive behavior or emergency situations.

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Five Stars

Gail Adrian

I am a LOVER of technique especially manual systems. I am older, run my own pet sitting and dog walking biz and 99% is dog walking. I did not know about th...

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I am a LOVER of technique especially manual systems. I am older, run my own pet sitting and dog walking biz and 99% is dog walking. I did not know about the pulley/O ring pairing and found it most helpful. I look forward to deepening my relationship as well as learning new ways to speak dog through your classes.

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Survival skills with a long line !

Christine Scharf

Knowing the first version of BAT, this course is a very interesting upgrade !

Knowing the first version of BAT, this course is a very interesting upgrade !

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Especially useful for dog aggression,

many of these skills can also be used every time you walk a dog on leash. In punishment-based dog training, the leash is used not just as a restraint, but as a way to inflict pain or startle, and many lessons about dog training include how to handle the leash to get the most force in a precise way. With the rise of positive reinforcement training, the leash was no longer needed to ‘teach’ the dog and lessons on leash handling fell by the wayside.

And yet dogs were still walked on leash. Not having guidance on leash handling opened up positive reinforcement trainers to a wide range of unfortunate mistakes, including unintentional pressure, restricted freedom, safety hazards like rope burns and loose dogs, or regressing to leash pops in frustration.  

Michael Shikashio and Grisha Stewart separately noticed that important skill gap in modern dog training and have been developing and teaching their own leash handling skills, and now many people know one or both sets of skills. That still leaves the question, "how do these work together?" We've combined forced to create a single webinar, so you can learn when to use which, and why.

Recorded April, 2022.

  • As always, Diamond members get this session free! We have over 85 courses with several hundred hours of video, growing every month! Also special events, student coupons, and other perks just for members with a Diamond All Access Pass.

  • Avoid common mistakes by learning specific leash handling techniques for different situations you may face when working with dog aggression, frustration, and fear.

  • Explore the types of leashes, and learn which lengths are appropriate and why.

  • Learn when and how to use Grisha's BAT leash skills to promote a sense of freedom while maintaining safety and control, including Slow Stop, Mime Pulling, Body Bubble, Slide, and more. Bonus storage tip to avoid tangles!

  • Watch as Michael breaks down several leash handling techniques that come in especially handy in scary moments, including leash locking, arm drag back, v catch and side switch.

  • Learn more about Grisha's new Leash Belay technique.

  • Gain a greater understanding of how to communicate with your dog via the long leash. Includes discussions on mime pulling, leash tapping and human body movements.

  • Suitable for pet owners, trainers, and behaviorists: anyone who is interested in learning more leash skills!

  • Session will be recorded and available for registered students to watch 24 hours after the broadcast.

Get Ready to Level Up your Leash!

What to do, when, and why!

  • 2.5 Hours of Video

    The 2 hour presentation and the Q&A that followed were recorded for you to watch or rewatch any time!

    Includes slide notes and an automated session transcript.

  • Further Your Understanding

    Professional dog trainers and behaviorists earn 2 IAABC & CCPDT CEUs.

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About the Instructors

I'm thrilled to be welcoming Micheal back to my Academy. Read on to learn why!

Certified Dog Behavior Counselor

Michael Shikashio, CDBC

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working exclusively with dog aggression cases through his business AggressiveDog.com. Michael is fully certified through the IAABC, a Fear Free Certified Trainer, and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). Michael Shikashio, CDBC He is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Michael is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of workshops, webinars, and online courses on the topic of canine aggression.

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).

Ready to help allow for exploration, ensure safety, and handle any situation on leash?

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