Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) for Reactive Dogs
Speaker: Grisha Stewart
Description: Behavior Adjustment Training for dogs (BAT) is method to reduce reactivity by giving dogs socially acceptable ways to communicate their needs. This lecture will provide the student with a solid understanding of the history and science behind the BAT method and knowledge of the application of BAT (“how to”). A downloadable document is available along with videos showing the student exactly how to apply BAT with reactive dogs.
BAT Takes a Functional Approach
When the dog does a problem behavior, it is usually because an event in their
environment, an environmental cue, triggers the dog to want or need something.
Fulfillment of the need or want that is triggered by the environmental cue is called the
functional reward. Here’s the sequence:
Environmental Cue – Behavior – Functional Reward
So the functional reward for behaviors done after seeing a steak are the eating of the
steak. The functional reward of behaviors done after spotting the squirrel is getting
closer to / chasing the squirrel.
CEU’s: CCPDT=1.5 CPDT-KA; IAABC 1.75 CEU’s
Recorded: July, 2011
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