Training in real time, in the real world

In this first-of-its-kind course, I coached an animal shelter tea via video chat on live BAT set-ups and other techniques for dog reactivity. The dog was adopted mid-way and our training had to be flexible to adapt. This is the archive of that course, so you'll get all videos of the sessions. 9 CPDT CEUs.

  • How to coach clients to use BAT for dog aggression, frustration, and fear, including the BAT leash skills.

  • How to choose a training location to do BAT.

  • How to choose and change the environment to promote exploration and safety.

  • How to manage training set-ups in real-time, to maximize learning and reduce arousal.

  • Shelter-specific advice for dog reactivity.

  • Included with Diamond Membership (see below).

It's one thing to know the principles of BAT.

It's another to know them well enough to be able to adapt your training.

  • All Videos

    This is an archived live course, made up entirely of videos. It includes the raw footage of the training sessions, as well as the video commentary I did with course students when this was a live course.

  • Adaptability is Key!

    These sessions are done at a shelter, where variables are constantly changing. In these sessions, you'll see me work through the challenges of doing BAT in a shelter, with a dog of unknown history.

    9 CPDT CEUs.

  • Real Life Isn't Perfect!

    This course includes many different ways to help make a BAT set-up more successful. I also include the times when the session didn't go well, talk about my own mistakes, and change things in my training to improve the outcome.

Course Lessons

  • 1

    Getting Started

    • How to View This Course

    • Troubleshooting for Videos

  • 2

    Session 1: Intro, Leash Skills, Meeting the Dog

    • Raw Footage of Session 1

    • Video Lesson: Review of Session 1

    • Bonus Videos (different angles)

  • 3

    Session 2: BAT Set-up

    • Raw Footage of Session 2

    • Video Lesson: Review of Session 2

    • Bonus Videos (different angles)

  • 4

    Session 3: BAT Set-up (Sophie Adopted!)

    • Video Lesson: Review of Session 3

    • Raw Footage of Session 3

  • 5

    Session 4: BAT Set-up

    • Raw Footage of Session 4

    • Video Lesson: Review of Session 4

    • Bonus Videos (different angles)

  • 6

    Session 5: BAT Set-up

    • Raw Footage of Session 5

    • Video Lesson: Review of Session 5

    • Bonus Videos (different angles)

  • 7

    Session 6: Parallel Play, Zig-Zag Mark & Move

    • Raw Footage of Session 6

    • Video Lesson: Review of Session 6

    • Bonus Videos (different angles)

  • 8

    Wrapping Up

    • Gratitude

    • What's Next?

What people are saying

5 star rating

BAT Practice at Shelters

Deborah Manheim

A wonderful course. Able to really see body language, dissect it, and figure out ways to BAT triggers with a fairly difficult/high energy dog. Great team o...

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A wonderful course. Able to really see body language, dissect it, and figure out ways to BAT triggers with a fairly difficult/high energy dog. Great team of trainers. Dayna really did a swell job of handling some of the tougher moments. Laura was a great coach, and Grisha - so helpful with your play by play commentary. Great to have so many eyes on Sophie.

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5 star rating

Enjoyed course

Elaine Chevalier

Nice to see dogs comfortable walking

Nice to see dogs comfortable walking

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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).

Valuable learning opportunities

Susan Johansen BS, CPDT-KA, CTDI

"I have thoroughly enjoyed both the BAT live course and Michael Shikashio's live sessions!"

"Thank you for thinking out of the box and bringing us these valuable learning opportunities. I especially enjoyed the R+ fashion in which the actual learners were cheer leaded and encouraged to move forward and through the occasional missteps. All the dogs and humans were treated with respect and kindness and received excellent training." I am also looking forward to your new Tween course coming up this week!

Ready to Dig Into Some BAT?

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    $29.00Walk With Me! Safety, Fun, and Freedom with Leash Training for You and Your Dog (BAT Empowerment Video 2)

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