Behavior Adjustment Training, or BAT, rehabilitates dog reactivity by looking at why the dog is reactive and helping him or her meet his needs in other ways. In a nutshell, BAT is a dog-friendly application of ‘functional analysis’ that gives the dogs a chance to learn to control their own comfort level through peaceful means. It’s very empowering to your dog, in a good way. Play the video below to learn more.
Scroll down to see an “after” video of the black dog in this video.
BAT was developed by Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, who began sharing BAT with the world in 2009. This site is a developing resource on the BAT technique and we hope to add more information as time goes on. Read through the Woofs! section if you’d like to know others’ experiences with BAT. As time goes on and more of the trainers using BAT post there, it will be a good way to find a trainer near you.
If you want to learn more about BAT right now, use the More on BAT tab at the top of this page. If really want to get to know this technique, or you learn best in person, please come visit Grisha at a seminar near you!
This is the same dog from the video above, who used to be afraid of all people, especially children.
Here is another clip, of a TV interview with Peanut (following a commercial). Note that he wasn’t 100% comfortable, as evidenced by his body language in the still image they chose as the ‘poster’ for the video. But he had a pretty good time at the studio, all in all. If your browser doesn’t show a video below, use this link.