Category: Online Courses

Series of in-depth lessons on useful animal behavior topics!

Barking Mad: BAT and Other Techniques for Frustration

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Start Date: any time!

"I WANT TO DO THAT. NOW!" If dogs could speak in a human language, some of them would be screaming these words in frustration.

We can help our dogs learn to slow down and take information in, rather than rushing into greetings or demanding something from you. Rushed greetings can lead to fighting with other dogs and even just pulling toward other dogs or people can be hard for the handler to manage.

The ideal dog for this course should exhibit frustration toward people, dogs, or some other specific thing. You can also be working on prevention of frustration with a younger dog. This course is NOT for resource guarding -- just an overly large interest to go get to something or do something.
From Amalie H., a student in Barking Mad:

I was actually out this afternoon with my other dog, (fearful human-shy dog Robin), and when we saw that there were other people nearby, I sort of went into BAT-mode. ūüôā The indications that she was giving that she'd noticed them were very subtle, and I totally let her make the decisions for where we were going, and she pretty much always made a good choice-- she turned away, arced around them.

It was such a lightbulb moment to see how much these dogs will make the right decisions given the opportunity and the safe structure to do so without us being pushy and making them go where we say. I'm excited to keep using all the things I've learned with all of my dogs. It's really been a fantastic course for us.

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This course was written by Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP. Barking Mad covers a variety of techniques for impulse control, relaxation, and appropriate greetings, including clicker training, applied behavior analysis, and Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT). It will look at the root of why we are getting the barking, pulling, or other frustration behavior and go over practical solutions.

NOTE: BAT 101 or a thorough understanding of BAT 2.0 from elsewhere is required as a prerequisite for this course.

If you are enrolled in this course and have an ABBA membership, you can participate in the Facebook group for peer feedback. This is a member-moderated group for Grisha's students.

Here are the list of topics. The links will work if you sign up for this course and log in.

Note: If you already registered for this course elsewhere, you get free access here in the BBA. [Access Request Info]



Save on your course by getting a Building Blocks membership at the same time. Members get discounts here in the Campus Store, plus unlimited access to tons of video lessons.


Purchase: Barking Mad Online Course

Course $75
$75


Course $60.00 (save 20%) + 1-year Pro Membership** $29.95
$89.95


* Student Members get access to tons of how-to videos, discounts in our Campus Store, and access to other resources in our community. Doesx not automatically renew.
** Pro Members get all of the Student Member benefits, plus bigger discounts, Animal World Superstars interviews, and more features for dog trainers. Hobby trainers are welcome - you not be a working professional. Does not automatically renew.

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BAT 101: Introduction to Behavior Adjustment Training

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Start Date: any time!

Aggression, frustration, and fear are no fun for the dog or for the caretaker. If you have a dog with these issues or you work with these issues in your training or behavior mod business, this course is for you.

BATlogo-colorBehavior Adjustment Training (BAT) has quickly become one of the most popular force-free techniques to rehabilitate and prevent (over)reactivity in dogs and even other species, like horses and even humans. This is your chance to start adding this useful, naturalistic technique to your training toolbox.

BAT 101 is appropriate for beginners. Even if you are experienced with the older version of BAT, this will still be useful because there was a lot of new BAT 2.0 material in 2014.

If you are enrolled in this course and have an ABBA membership, you can participate in the Facebook group for peer feedback. This is a member-moderated group for Grisha's students.

Here are some of the things you will learn for your dog:

  • How to use a leash in a way that maximizes your dog's learning and comfort
  • How and when to stay out of your dog's way
  • How to read your dog's body language
  • How to safely manage walks and training set-ups to maximize learning and minimize stress

"I was looking for anything that would help us with the elusive loose leash walk. I was not disappointed. Once my golden is wearing a harness and I use the described rope leash technique, he is almost a gentleman. I can walk in a store with him casually sniffing bags of dog food and even politely greeting people. Wonderful. We even went for a run together. Thank you."

- BAT 101 Student, February 2015

"Have studied canine psychology for many years but have to say that by using BAT I¬†have had amazing success with my reactive dog ...thank you BAT.‚ėļ

- Lorraine W


BAT is great for helping dogs with fear gain confidence
BAT is for fear, too, not just aggression. Most barking, growling, etc. is from fear, anyway.

This course was written by Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP. Leash skills will be heavily emphasized in this intro course, because they are the very foundation of BAT. It is essential to be able to give the dog a sense of freedom while maintaining safety. The leash skills are not just something we do before we do BAT, they are the fabric that holds BAT together. Once a client fully masters the leash skills, they are probably already 80% of the way toward doing BAT successfully.

Note: Intro to BAT is a pre-requisite for all of the later BAT courses. If you already registered for this course elsewhere, you get free access here in ABBA. [Access Request Info]

Here are the list of topics. The links will work if you sign up for this course and log in.



Save on your course by getting a Building Blocks membership at the same time. Members get discounts here in the Campus Store, plus unlimited access to tons of video lessons.


Purchase: BAT 101 Online Course

Course $75
$75


Course $60.00 (save 20%) + 1-year Pro Membership** $29.95
$89.95


* Student Members get access to tons of how-to videos, discounts in our Campus Store, and access to other resources in our community. Doesx not automatically renew.
** Pro Members get all of the Student Member benefits, plus bigger discounts, Animal World Superstars interviews, and more features for dog trainers. Hobby trainers are welcome - you not be a working professional. Does not automatically renew.

Click here to compare membership levels

Empowered Puppy Raising Course

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Start Date: any time!

Puppy classes were a big leap forward in the socialization of our dogs, but too much time is still spent on 'obedience.' This course has 25 lessons that cover essential skills for puppies and their human families. You'll learn to socialize well and also train puppies to choose to play our silly human games like grooming, vet care, etc.

This course includes BAT for puppies, empowered counterconditioning techniques, and clicker training, among other things. The dog-geek discussions are primarily meant for professional dog trainers, but the how-to portion will be accessible to 'regular' puppy parents.

"The way the course is run with video and written explanation means it is great for new or experienced owners. It is also suitable for dog trainers that want to join with a puppy. The format allows flexibility for the student to fit it in around life, and join a great community of trainers.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĚThe content has really focused on important life skills and has introduced new exercises each week. The delivery is in a very easy to read format, and being able to upload videos is really great for self development. Grisha and the TAs are very helpful and supportive and have done an excellent job in sharing their knowledge. I would highly recommend this course for any level of handler." - Katey A


This course was written by Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP. If you are enrolled in this course and have an ABBA membership, you can participate in the Facebook group for peer feedback. This is a member-moderated group for Grisha's students.

Note: If you already registered for this course elsewhere, you get free access here in the BBA. [Access Request Info]

Here are the list of topics. The links will work if you sign up for this course and log in.



Save on your course by getting a Building Blocks membership at the same time. Members get discounts here in the Campus Store, plus unlimited access to tons of video lessons.


Purchase: Empowered Puppy Online Course

Course $75
$75


Course $60.00 (save 20%) + 1-year Pro Membership** $29.95
$89.95


* Student Members get access to tons of how-to videos, discounts in our Campus Store, and access to other resources in our community. Doesx not automatically renew.
** Pro Members get all of the Student Member benefits, plus bigger discounts, Animal World Superstars interviews, and more features for dog trainers. Hobby trainers are welcome - you not be a working professional. Does not automatically renew.

Click here to compare membership levels