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Spanish Translation of Ahimsa Dog Training has Launched!

Grisha : March 13, 2014 6:26 pm : News

spanish-ahimsa-cover-smallThanks to translator and CBATI Luis Gomez from Spain, the Ahimsa Dog Training Manual is now available in Spanish!! You can get it as a print book or on Kindle.

If you are an author and have a book, DVD, video, etc. to translate into Spanish, I highly recommend working with Luis. He was fabulous.

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New! BAT 2.0 Information

Grisha : January 14, 2014 7:32 pm : BAT in Practice, Geeky Stuff

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).

My first book, Behavior Adjustment Training, came out in 2010. I developed BAT primarily for the rehabilitation of reactivity with dogs caused by fear, frustration, or anger. In that book and in my videos, handlers were taught to observe and mark certain behavior and/or body language and to reinforce that behavior by moving away from the Scary Monster and (sometimes) add “bonus rewards” of food, toys, etc.

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.

Please click here to get started learning the new BAT, or look for one of our upcoming seminars or online learning opportunities.

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:

  1. Give the dog control over their exposure to the trigger
  2. Continually assess stress and strive to reduce it
  3. 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)
  1. Naturally occurring reinforcers (antecedent arrangements, most reinforcers are naturally occurring, focus on respondent learning) 
  2. Very dog-centered (follow the dog)
  3. Controllability due to interaction with trigger and movement in space
  4. Specific leash skills to keep handler out of the way
  5. Simpler: No stages, just a flow of how much we need to prompt
  1. Reinforcement provided by trainer (theorized walking away as R-)
  2. Moderately dog-centered (still followed the dog, but did more encouragement to approach)
  3. Controllability due to trainer marking and theoretically reinforcing behavior
  4. Minimal focus on handler leash skills
  5. Specific Stages 1, 2, and 3, which took time to explain & learn
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BAT 2.0 Videos by CBATIs

Grisha : March 25, 2014 11:16 pm : BAT in Practice

Here’s a great BAT 2.0 session by Jennie Murphy, CBATI, CGN, DN-FSG from Newfoundland. What do you see? Pay special attention to the suggestions that Jennie gives her client during this first session.

Here is an older video by Jennie. (One change: the leash drags on the ground, but it’s mostly really well done).

See the video below by Dennis Fehling, CBATI from Oregon. Note that this is a great session, but there’s always a little room for improvement! I love that he stops to just play with that stick a few times. Slow and steady wins the race. Unfortunately, there’s one point after he changes position where he’s alerting, changes direction, then the group sort of pushes him toward the trigger, but he’s mostly free to do what he wants (except for go straight forward).there, it will be a good way to find a trainer near you.



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New Radio Interview on BAT

Grisha : August 1, 2013 7:50 pm : Seminar Info
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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

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