Behavior Adjustment Training (Book)

[Note: This book is about the previous version of BAT. It still has useful information to work with your dog, but it will be replaced with a second edition as soon as possible. Grisha has an updated version of the BAT book coming out at the end of the summer, 2015. Check out our online resources.]

Get the eBook: Building Blocks Academy (Grisha’s site)


Even if you have already seen the DVDs, you’ll find this book helpful. The BAT book is a thorough resource on dog reactivity for regular pet lovers as well as professional dog trainers and behaviorists. It makes a great resource for students in Growly Dog classes, too.

See below for the reviews by Patricia McConnell, Ph.D. and other dog behavior and training experts.

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  • Understanding BAT: Key Concepts
  • BAT Boy: Peanut’s Transformation
  • Quick Fixes: Safety and Management Essentials
  • Functional Rewards and Replacement Behaviors: An Introduction
  • Functional Rewards and Replacement Behaviors for Reactivity
  • BAT Set-Ups for Reactivity
  • BAT on Everyday Walks for Fear and Aggression
  • BAT for Frustrated Greeters
  • Love Thy Neighbor: Fence Fighting
  • BAT for Puppy Socialization
  • For Professional Trainers and Behaviorists: Using BAT with Clients
  • Appendix 1: Clicker Training Foundations
  • Appendix 2: Other Techniques That Use Functional Rewards
  • Appendix 3: For Trainers and Behaviorists (Geek Speak on Quadrants and Other Questions)
  • Appendix 4: Trainers and Clients Experiences with BAT

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Every trainer should have the methods described in BAT in their tool box. There’d be a lot more happy dogs and happy owners if they did!

Patricia McConnell,PhD, author of “The Other End of the Leash,” “For the Love of a Dog,” “Feisty Fido,” “Love Has No Age Limit,” and many other books and DVDs.

Every trainer who works with dogs that aren’t completely bombproof should have both the technical skills of BAT and the learning theory behind it in their toolbox. Stewart presents a thoughtful, reader-friendly protocol that is appropriate for both professionals and laypeople. Both scientific and entertaining, this book will skillfully guide you through a sticky subject, that of negative reinforcement, and explain clearly how this quadrant, when humanely applied as part of a broader intervention, can empower dogs to learn to make choices about their behavior in socially pressured environments. This book will deservedly become a popular resource in the reactive dog literature.

Leslie McDevitt MLA, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Author of “Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog”

Behavior Adjustment Training is an excellent resource for people who have reactive dogs, and the professional trainers who help them. Grisha Stewart’s instruction is easy to understand, enhanced by wonderful illustrations, and she includes the “technical jargon” for pros who crave the science! I especially loved the section on management, which is often overlooked but so critical to a dog’s success. Grisha shares details on HOW to effectively manage dogs to reduce incidents. She also offers a variety of BAT options that are easily adjustable based on a dog’s environment and specific triggers. There are books that decorate your shelf and books you use on a regular basis — this book is one I’ll definitely be using with my clients!

Teoti E. Anderson, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Owner, Pawsitive Results, LLC, Lexington, SC
APDT Past President, Delta Society® Team Evaluator, Instructor and Pet Partner®, Author of “Your Outta Control Puppy,” “Super Simple Guide to Housetraining,” “Quick & Easy Crate Training,” and “Puppy Care and Training”

This book will be very useful for trainers and pet owners alike as they work with fearful and/or reactive dogs. Grisha combines desensitization, counter-conditioning, and positive and negative reinforcement, describing the steps for her BAT protocol in a user-friendly way.

I especially like her use of functional rewards, i.e. choosing what the dog would most value in a given training context. She also emphasizes the importance of safe management, and provides many great suggestions for equipment and tools to help set the people and dogs up for success. The illustrations are very helpful, and charming, too! I would definitely recommend this book!

Virginia Broitman
Trainer and Behavior Counselor (30 years) North Star Canines / Take a Bow Wow, Head Trainer for Pixie’s Pen Pals, a shelter dog/prison program. Producer of the “Bow Wow” series of training DVDs, including her new video, “Teaching Impulse-Control to Your Excitable Dog” (completion date: 8/11)

Excellent – I think one of the best new books to come out in a long time. I was wondering how explaining BAT could take a whole book, but it covered a lot of ground. I especially liked the side notes for the pros.

Trish King, CPDT-KA
Director of Behavior and Training at the Marin Humane Society, popular speaker on dog aggression, reactivity, and more, and author of “Parenting Your Dog” and 23 DVDs with Tawzer Dog (and counting).