Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs by Grisha Stewart, M.A., CPDT-KA

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.