Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

Grisha & her muse, Peanut Photo by Jason Meert

Grisha & her muse, Peanut
Photo by Jason Meert

Grisha Stewart is an author, international speaker, and dog trainer who specializes in dog reactivity. She owns 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. Her popular second book, “The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving & Manners,” was published in 2012.

Grisha Stewart Dog Trainer

Grisha & Peanut. Photo by Aaron Lieberman

Grisha is an enthusiastic and entertaining presenter who creates her seminars to accommodate a variety of learning styles. She is easy to work with and has great reviews from seminar participants. For example, a trainer wrote this about Grisha’s one-day seminar on BAT: “I love Grisha’s friendly, warm approach to teaching. She knows so much, but she seems like a partner, not a ‘distant expert.’ She really invites us to try her technique because she can demonstrate its effectiveness. What she has researched and practiced is real.” A participant at a two-day seminar posted on Facebook to Grisha, “Your BAT seminar in Dallas was the best training seminar I’ve attended: fast-paced lecture, lots of short video clips, live demos. I never lost interest once in the entire two days! I also appreciate your expertise, which comes out when you answered questions, and your humor.”

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Dog assessment at a seminar. Photo by Susan McKeon

Interested in hosting a workshop with Grisha? See our hosting page for a list of topics some quotes from seminar hosts. If you don’t host seminars, but want to attend a dog behavior seminar with Grisha near you, you can also send a link to the hosting page to a local training club.

Grisha has a Master’s in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. She is now pursuing a Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior at Antioch University, while still running her 6-trainer business and doing 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!

Grisha and Peanut. Photo by Melissa McDaniel

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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