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BT101: Introduction to BAT

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Instructor: Grisha Stewart

Course Details

"Grisha Stewart is a brilliant teacher, whether she is teaching dogs, trainers, pet professionals or pet owners. The online BAT class is an interactive class unlike other classes where you learn as much from the other participants as you do from the enlightening and intelligent comments from Grisha for working with your own dog / client's dog.

Whether your dog is reactive, shy or not, whether you take this class at the gold, silver or bronze level, this class should be required for people who interact with dogs at any level. - P.R.

"Grisha was a wonderful instructor. She always had suggestions and ideas of how to fix things and was so encouraging. Charlee showed marked improvement. I am so pleased with his progress. I was kinda skeptical about taking an online course. I couldn't imagine how this would work with dog training. BUT it did. Grisha not only knows BAT (because she invented it), but can teach it effectively. She is an incredible teacher." - Leila W.

"BAT 101 is an empowering course for both the dog and human student. The tremendous amount of feedback, helpful comments and positive encouragement I received during the course were invaluable. I was pleasantly surprised how much an online course (and this course) could dramatically help improve my skills." - Aimee B.

Aggression, frustration, and fear are no fun for the dog or for the caretaker. If you have a dog with these issues or you work with these issues in your training or behavior mod business, this course is for you. Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) has quickly become one of the most popular force-free techniques to rehabilitate and prevent (over)reactivity in dogs and even other species, like horses and even humans. This is your chance to start adding this useful, naturalistic technique to your training toolbox.

This is a 6-week online course through the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, although the School of BAT applies to all dogs, athletes or not. Classes are asynchronous, meaning you can log on at any time each week and work at your own pace. Please visit the registration page for pricing and structural information.

BAT 101 is appropriate for beginners. Even if you are experienced with BAT, this will still be useful because there was a lot of new BAT 2.0 material in 2014 and we will be going over many videos in detail.

Participants at the Gold level will post videos of their dogs (or their client's dogs) and get moment-to-moment feedback on how to improve their technique. This is a great way for everyone involved to learn. We will work with 8 dogs and their humans on how to do BAT effectively and humanely. Gold level participants can earn 21 CPDT CEUs or 20 IAABC CEUs by fully participating. Other levels will not be able to earn CEUs.

Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • How to use a leash in a way that maximizes your dog's learning and comfort
  • How and when to stay out of your dog's way
  • How to read your dog's body language
  • How to safely manage walks and training set-ups to maximize learning and minimize stress

Leash skills will be heavily emphasized in this intro course, because they are the very foundation of BAT. It is essential to be able to give the dog a sense of freedom while maintaining safety. The leash skills are not just something we do before we do BAT, they are the fabric that holds BAT together. Once a client fully masters the leash skills, they are probably already 80% of the way toward doing BAT successfully.

Intro to BAT is a pre-requisite for all of the later BAT courses, so if you want more advanced training in BAT, we highly recommend that you take this course as soon as you can, so that you can take one of the follow-up classes in the next round.

This course will be taught by Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP with assistance from the following Teaching Assistants (TAs) who will help Grisha give feedback on videos and answer questions. Both have been Team Leaders at Grisha's 5-day BAT Instructor Courses. Click here for short bios.

  • Kristin Burke, CBATI, CPDT-KA (trainer in California) - Main TA
  • Carly Loyer, CBATI (Ph.D. student in behavior and trainer in Washington) - As needed

Click here for some ways to learn about BAT before this hands-on course.

Click here to read a student testimonial from the course. [Results vary, this was an exceptionally fast turnaround, but it does happen!]