Dog Aggression, Bouncing off Walls? New Training That Works!

by Mary Haight on September 24, 2011

dog aggressionDog aggression or fearful behavior on a leash is a special problem for pet parents, one that they want fixed as quickly as possible.  It is miserable when you have to check up and down the block before coming out of your house with your “reactive” dog in order to try to avoid situations that trigger dog aggression.  People with dogs like this can decide it is not worth the stress for either participant, so the dog is relegated to the back yard. Learning coping skills never happens.  This can be the first foot on the path to taking the dog to a shelter.

Uncontrollable dog, meet BAT,  Behavioral Adjustment Training.  There’s much buzz about this method, and rightfully so – it works and it’s humane. Learn how to read your dog’s signals, anticipate and stop an incident before it occurs. It is not difficult and is designed to work quickly – isn’t *that* a relief!

BAT benefits not only dogs that are barking and lunging on leash – at people, objects, or other dogs – but it helps to socialize puppies, and dogs who have object fear so BAT works on a wide-range of issues.  This method of dog training is a fascinating learning experience for you and your dog, and is described as much more of a tool you give to your dog to help him figure out how to cope in situations that trigger dog ggression and other negative reactions.

Kelly Gorman Dunbar interviews Grisha Stewart, the inventor of BAT. You get a great insider’s view and summary of what  BAT can do to change the experience of animals who are not leading their best lives, and for pet parents who  just want their dog and their family to enjoy time together. Take a few minutes now to listen to this very interesting  lively discussion on Animal Cafe! You might even want to share this method of training to switch off dog aggression with your local shelter;)

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BAT is not really that new, but just generally took too much time by "positive" trainers to accept as helping dogs. It is unfortuante that that bias is still predominate among trainers who have made their name with other training proticals.Just my opinion but the more I know about chicago dog training the more I beileve it is "positive trainers' that are causing the biggest problems.


The more humane methods of treating the challenging problem of reactivity...the better. I know some people who are so frustrated and don't know how to handle their dogs. It's great that there is more information and methods like this to help these people out.

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