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BAT Instructor's Course for Dog Reactivity - Portugal
Seminar Title: BAT Instructor's Workshop for Dog Reactivity
Seminar Date/Time: February 14-18, 2013 (Thursday-Monday), 10-6:00 pm
Seminar Location: Braga, Portugal (Course is IN ENGLISH). This is a great location because of the low cost of hotels and meals compared to many other places in Europe. You can also get inexpensive flights to Porto from many cities in Europe.
Speaker: Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, owner of Ahimsa Dog Training and author of Behavior Adjustment Training.
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Join us for Grisha's first BAT Instructor's Course in Europe. 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 Europe!
Pre-requisite (must be completed before the seminar):
This hands-on workshop will help you take your BAT skills to the next level, so you can help more dogs. Each participant will work with two dogs (and their handlers) with reactivity issues. You will take the lead on one dog/handler team and coach another trainer as s/he works with another dog, so you will get plenty of practice teaching others about BAT.
You will participate in problem-solving sessions for a total of 6 dogs (there are 12 participants). We will analyze videos shot of the participants so that you'll be able to hone your observation skills and improve your technique.
Students will also practice using BAT in a group setting (as with a Growly Dog class). We know that you won't be able to see all of the different possibilities for BAT in just these 5 days, so you will also be given some problem scenarios to analyze in small groups.
You will get a lot out of these 5 days!
In this interactive workshop, you will see understand more of the technical details of working with BAT as a professional trainer, including taking a good history, following up with the client, deciding which methods to use with the dog (and whether that includes BAT), reading body language, teaching some other skills, knowing when to refer out, answering questions about BAT, etc.
This will be an intense learning process, and to help facilitate that, we are limiting this workshop to 12 participants. We will allow 12 auditors as well. The auditors will partner with the full participants and will learn a lot, but will not be doing as much hands-on work.
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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 end of the workshop. A completed certification requires 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. Auditors who pass the written exam will also need to submit a video case study. This case study is not required for participants.
Note: The workshop is not necessary for certification, but it is highly recommended. 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 DoggieZen.com/store, discounts at future workshops with Grisha, and access to a special Yahoo group. Click here to read more about CBATI Certification, including how to record the hours and some information on 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 Dog Reactivity" and the "Official Dog Training Manual." She 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. She is now pursuing a Master's in Integrative Studies in Psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior at Antioch University, while still running her 6-trainer business and dog training supply store in Seattle, Washington, USA. 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. Click here to learn more about Grisha.
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