In September 2012, I had the opportunity to go to Cleveland to see Grisha speak at Fortunate Fido. The first thing I noticed while being in the room with her was her nice calm energy. She not only spoke well, but was extremely gentle with her instruction while she guided handlers through BAT training. When you watch her handle reactive dogs, she is so in-tune to all of the environmental factors that go into dog training. I also loved that she allowed the dogs she worked with to make a choice in every situation. The only time she would prompt(i.e. horse snicker, tap of the toe on the ground) a dog away from something in their environment, was when she knew the dog needed some space to feel a bit more comfortable. This book is a great guide on how to set up and achieve a positive outcome to slowly progress a reactive dog using a force-free method.
This book is one of my favorites. From the opening Introduction, Patricia grabs you with a story that puts you on the edge of your sear. Sometimes I go back and reread the introduction then find myself adding new details to the recreation of events that took place that evening. Sorry, that's all I'm going to give you! I'll drop you a few bread crumbs, but I'm no spoiler. This book not only discusses dog behaviors, but also our own behaviors and how we act around our dogs. In October 2014, I attended the APDT conference in Hartford, CT and that was the first time I heard her speak. I quickly understood why my training partner was giddy at the opportunity to take a picture with her. She is a brilliant woman who has helped so many dog owners better understand their dogs and their behaviors.
Special Thanks to Don Snyder for the outstanding photography. Here is his and wife Rachelle's newest rescue, Ashlynn, the cute black pup on the left!