How to Do BAT 2.0

BAT® helps animals gain confidence and social skills. BAT is a natural method that creates an emotionally safe interaction with minimal intrusion. BAT is especially useful when the “triggers” for frustration, aggression, or fear are living beings, for example when dogs bark at or bite other dogs or people.

  • BAT gives animals maximum control of safety and other significant events in their lives.
  • BAT arranges safe scenarios where animals can socialize naturally and interact with triggers in socially acceptable ways.

What to Practice:

Once you have the leash skills down, you can do a BAT set-up. Here is what a simple BAT set-up looks like:


Click to download the BAT Basics handout with this illustration

BAT in Brief: Follow your dog on a loose leash. Any direction is okay, except for straight at the trigger.

Tip: If he walks toward the helper in a focused way, slowly stop him. If you see any signs of increasing stress, call your dog away.

More info on BAT is available as a printable PDF on our handouts page.  Look for handouts on BAT Basics, BAT Leash Skills, and BAT Troubleshooting.

Don’t forget to round out your education with the BAT book, video or other resources. We also have online webinars and classes and we ship fabulous custom-made long leashes worldwide.

Note that this is a great session by Dennis Fehling, CBATI. I love that he stops to just play with that stick a few times. Slow and steady wins the race. There’s always room for improvement, of course. Unfortunately, there’s one point after he changes position where he’s alerting, changes direction, then the group sort of pushes him forward, so he remains over threshold. Fortunately, the dog does calm down again and all is well.

The leash also hits the ground a few times. All in all, though, note how relaxed the dog is most of the time.