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What is BAT? BAT empowers animals to live with confidence and joy among humans.
Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) is a training method for dogs who experience fear, frustration, and aggression. BAT was developed by Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, who began sharing BAT with the world in 2009, with continuous updates and some excellent new material for 2014.
BAT is a living method that evolves as new research and its positive practical applications are explored, developed and verified. The core of BAT is that it is a dog-friendly application of desensitization with a giant dose of empowerment to the dog. Giving dogs a high degree of control over what happens to them is important for humane care and is what sets BAT apart from other training techniques.
By setting up situations in which dogs can safely explore the environment and investigate other dogs, people, etc., BAT helps dogs learn to control their own comfort level through peaceful means.
Read through the Woofs! section if you’d like to know others’ experiences with BAT.
If you want to learn more about BAT right now, use the “Learn More” tab at the top of this page or see our online learning opportunities. If really want to get to know this technique, or you learn best in person, please come see Live BAT Seminar near you!