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BAT Instructor's Course for Dog Reactivity
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Speaker: Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, author of Behavior Adjustment Training
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Short intro to BAT.
Students in this course will have the opportunity to take the CBATI (Certified BAT Instructor) test. You can be one of the first CBATIs in the world!
You'll get a lot out of these 5 days!
This hands-on course will help you take your BAT skills to the next level, so you can help more dogs. Each participant will practice BAT skills with a 'neutral' helper dog and also work with a dog with reactivity issues (and his/her caretaker). This seminar will give you plenty of practice doing and observing BAT in action. You will participate in problem-solving sessions for a total of 6 dogs and your main focus and training practice will be on one of the dogs. We will analyze videos shot of the participants so that you'll be able to hone your observation skills and improve your technique.
We will also play pre-recorded videos of BAT set-ups to wrap your brain around and troubleshoot in small groups. Full participants will observe (and be observed doing) training sessions -- note that this means you will be training in front of the other trainers in attendance.
In this interactive course, you will see understand more of the technical details of working with BAT yourself, including leash skills. You will also improve your coaching skills for a professional trainer, including taking a good history, deciding which methods to use with the dog (and whether that includes BAT), reading body language, teaching some other skills, answering questions about BAT, etc.
This will be an intense learning process for all involved, and to help facilitate that, we are limiting this workshop to 12 participants. We will allow 12 auditors as well. Auditors will participate in a less active way, so if you want the full experience, register as a full participant. That said, auditors will also learn a lot!
CERTIFICATION: This instructor's course will prepare you to take the BAT certification exam for professional dog trainers (optional). The certification application is free for participants and auditors of the instructor's course (one attempt - $300 value). The written portion of the test is taken at the workshop. A completed certification requires 200 hours of experience: 100 hours experience training client dogs or modifying behavior as the primary instructor, plus 100 hours of experience working with clients (dogs alone or dog-human teams) on reactivity. These hours can be accrued before or after the workshop and exam. CBATIs must demonstrate intellectual and practical understanding of BAT, so in addition to passing the written exam, participants will need to submit a video case study after the course for their Practical Skills Assessment.
Note: This course is not necessary for certification, but it is highly recommended, as BAT is an evolving technique and you need this course to be fully up-to-date. Tests will be available at other times, to be announced later. Becoming a Certified BAT Instructor (CBATI) will also get you a listing on the FunctionalRewards.com website, discounts at future workshops with Grisha, and access to a special Facebook group. Click here to read more about CBATI Certification, including some more info on keeping track of your training hours and submitting the video case studies.
About the Seminar Presenter: Grisha Stewart is the owner of Ahimsa Dog Training and the author of 5 DVDs and two books: "Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Aggression, Frustraion and Fear in Dogs" and "The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: Force-free Problem Solving and Training." Grisha specializes in the treatment and prevention of dog aggression and fear. She developed Behavior Adjustment Training as a tool to help rehabilitate dogs with reactivity issues.
Grisha has a Master's in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. Her first career as a theoretical mathematician and college instructor serves her well in dog training and behavior consultations, because she relies heavily on the problem solving, critical thinking, and teaching skills she gained in that field. Since founding Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle in 2003, she has found her canine and human students to be much more excited about learning than her college students!
Canine behavior fascinates Grisha and she is highly motivated to help improve our techniques for rehabilitating and training dogs. This led her to develop BAT, Behavior Adjustment Training, which uses environmental consequences to reward the dog and eliminate problem behaviors. Grisha gives seminars on BAT and other training worldwide. Click here to learn more about Grisha.
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