Grisha Stewart is an author, international speaker, and dog trainer who specializes in dog reactivity. She owns Empowered Animals in Alaska and Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, which has earned many awards, including Best of Western Washington.
“Ahimsa” is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to all living things, which reflects Grisha’s focus on force-free methods to promote the well-being of dogs and their humans.
Her seminal book, “Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Aggression, Reactivity, and Fear in Dogs,” was published by Dogwise in late 2011 and will be released as a second edition with BAT 2.0 in mid-to-late 2015. Her popular second book, “The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving & Manners,” was published in 2012 and updated in 2014. She also has over a dozen DVDs, with 6 currently in print.
Grisha is an enthusiastic and entertaining presenter who creates her seminars to accommodate a variety of learning styles. The seminars she has created are now being presented by Joey Iversen and Carly Loyer.
Grisha is currently not scheduling any seminars out of Alaska, as her beloved Peanut is 12 and she doesn’t want to miss any more time with him. She continues to present seminars and lessons online and is working on a second edition of the BAT book. The good news is that Grisha has specifically taught Carly Loyer and Joey Iversen to present her official BAT seminars.
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More about Grisha
Grisha has a Master’s in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College and most of a Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior at Antioch University, which was interrupted by her hectic travel schedule. Grisha also runs her 6-trainer business in Seattle (from Alaska) and does private consults for aggression cases. Her first career as a theoretical mathematician and college instructor serves her well in dog training and behavior consultations, because she relies heavily on the problem solving, critical thinking, and teaching skills she gained in that field. Since founding Ahimsa Dog Training in 2003, she has found her canine and human students to be much more excited about learning than her college students!
Canine behavior fascinates Grisha and she is highly motivated to help improve our techniques for rehabilitating and training dogs. Her professional interest in reactivity, along with the need to find an efficient rehabilitation technique that would work with her own fearful dog, led Grisha to develop BAT.
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