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Many dogs do not come to us as clean slates. They have already gone through a variety of other training techniques from the owners and potentially other trainers. It is helpful to know exactly how the other techniques are done so that we can help our clients decide what is best for their dogs.
This new streaming video lecture compares 7 different common methods for rehabilitating fear-based aggression from a humane training perspective, including force-free techniques and punishment methods from popular books and videos. Click here to learn more or buy now!
One of the most important aspects of a humane training protocol is that it is minimally intrusive. One way to think of minimally intrusive is that the animal has maximal control over significant events. The new BAT shifts forward to focus even more on allowing the dog to have control of the process within a safe setting. As Dr. Susan Friedman wrote, “The degree to which a behavior reduction procedure preserves learner control is essential to developing a standard of humane, effective practice.”
Play the video below by Jennie Murphy, CBATI, CGN, DN-FSG to get an idea of what the new BAT looks like. (One change: the leash drags on the ground, but it’s mostly really well done).
While the core philosophy of BAT is still the same, BAT is no longer a procedure in which the trainer marks and reinforces social behavior. BAT is now more naturalistic and the trainer’s main task is to arrange the situation to let the dog learn in a way that is similar to how well socialized dogs learned about other dogs, people, and other stimuli as puppies.
In the book, I mentioned that BAT is, and will always be, a work in progress, based on the best information available at the time. I have fine-tuned BAT over the years and I have decided that it’s time to officially announce some changes that simplify the process and make it even less stressful and more pleasant for the dogs.
NOTE: The first online opportunity to learn about the new BAT is in our webinar on February 12, 2014, 10 am Pacific Standard Time. Click here to learn more or register!
NOTE: All articles published before January 2014 are about the older version of BAT.
Three main aspects of the original BAT still form the foundation of the new BAT:
- Give the dog control over their exposure to the trigger
- Continually assess stress and strive to reduce it
- Use management tools to lower stress outside of training to reduce setbacks
Here are some of the differences:
|BAT 2.0||BAT in 2010 (DVD & Book)|
Here’s an update on where we are at with Peanut’s dog issues. I started focusing on them late last fall and have done about 7 set-ups since then. I think I’ve done about 4 or 5 set-ups over the years, mostly just to get the videos.
Since we moved to Alaska, Peanut had been barking at dogs at about 30-40 feet away with bigger reactions toward off-leash dogs that came up to him: growling with his fur and tail up. He air-snapped one time with a dog that was really in his face, but otherwise has only done the growling. I didn’t work on this for his first 11 years because most of the time that he encountered dogs, I could keep him in working mode so he didn’t have any big reactions. But now I’m not the only one walking him – my fiancee walks Peanut when I travel. I also imagine that even when I micromanaged him, Peanut would still experience some stress and a lack of control. I’d rather he were able to handle this on his own, especially since I am not always home to manage him. Besides, I had a new version of BAT to work out!
Listen to this Alaska radio interview from yesterday about BAT. It covers some information about what BAT is, why I moved to Alaska in the dead of winter last year, and the upcoming seminars in that state. I’m doing a 2-hour public BAT seminar in Anchorage next week Saturday, August 10, from 10 am to noon and the 5-day instructor’s course for dog trainers in Anchorage at the end of August. Both should be fun and informative. :)
Click here to listen to the podcast. Thanks in advance for sharing with your friends on Facebook or elsewhere. The link is http://dogworksradio.com/2013/07/31/dog-talk-radio-presents-grisha-stewart/