Category: Online Courses

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

Live Course: Dog to Dog Aggression Cases With Michael Shikashio

Registration for Michael's next live online case consultation course is now on my new site! Click here.

If you have already registered on this site, I'll be moving over your access very soon.

Start Date: July 15, 2020 7pm EST
(4 pm PST, 11 pm UK, 10 am 2/21 in Melbourne).  Live sessions will be recorded for students.

The sessions will be on 7/15, 7/22, 8/5, and 8/19 at 7pm EST and will last approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. Shadow Mike as he works live with two dog aggression clients, back to back during each session date.

About the Case Consults Series

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This is an all-new format developed for GrishaStewart.com. Michael's case consult series we did here on dog-human aggression went spectacularly, as did Grisha's BAT set-ups course with a shelter team. Grisha is also teaching a case consult course for adolescent puppies starting 4/8/20.

This series couldn't come at a better time for dog trainers who need to still work during a quarantine. With people being homebound, particular one is bound to be a very popular course.

About This Course

Join aggression expert Michael Shikashio CDBC as he works with TWO different intra-household dog-dog aggression cases live and remotely.

Mike will be coaching two clients with their own dogs in Intra-household dog-dog aggression cases - that's a fancy way of saying the dogs from the same household are fighting or otherwise showing aggression to each other. Michael will be coaching two separate households on their dog-dog issues. Most of these techniques will also apply to aggression to other dogs outside of the household, as well.

We are really looking forward to this a unique opportunity to see how Mike works online to coach dog-dog aggression cases!

You'll get to see it all!

What YOU will be getting in this course

  • Access to the live remote sessions where Mike will be coaching the clients.
  • Streaming recordings of all consultation and coaching sessions to review any time you want.
  • An opportunity to ask questions in a chat box. Mike will reply via live video in the Q&A  at the end of the lesson.
  • CEUs (pending) for CPDT, KPA, IAABC, and CCBC.
  • Price is $85, with 20% off for ABBA Pro members. It’s a great value! $75 early bird through May 15, 2020.

Can't make it live? We’ve got you covered! All live videos will be recorded and stay in your library to view at your own pace.


About the Instructor

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working exclusively with dog aggression cases through his business AggressiveDog.com. Michael is fully certified through the IAABC, a Fear Free Certified Trainer, and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Michael Shikashio, CDBC

He is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Michael is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of workshops, webinars, and online courses on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course.

Michael's Feb 2020 Dog-Human Aggression Case Consults course archive is also available now.

Registration for this online case consultation course with Michael is now on my new site! Click here.

If you have already registered on this site, I'll be moving over your access very soon.

Live Course: Tween Puppy Class Sessions with Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA

This course has moved to my NEW SITE. Please click here to register there.

Start Date: April 8, 2020 5:30pm Pacific
(8:30 pm EST).  Live sessions will be recorded for students.

About the Case Consults Series

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This is an all-new format developed for GrishaStewart.com. Michael's case consult series we did here on dog-human aggression went spectacularly, as did my BAT set-ups course with a shelter team. Michael is also teaching a case consult course for fighting in the home starting 7/15/20.

This series couldn't come at a better time for dog trainers who need to still work during a quarantine. With people being homebound, particular one is bound to be a very popular course.

About this Course

Why do shelters get so many adolescent dogs? It’s a tough age! Not so cute as puppies, but lacking the brains and training of an adult, among other things.

Check out my new live  online course, where I’ll be running a small group class for adolescent dogs.

You’ll get a free ebook of my Ahimsa Dog Training manual, so you have information you can start soaking up right away!

The sessions will be on 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, and 4/29 at 5:30 pm Pacific and will last approximately an hour with additional time for questions at the end. Plan for it to last up to 2 hours. In this course, you basically shadow my live, remote adolescent puppy class. The dogs who have had a variety of training backgrounds, but no training is assumed.

Chief is an active young border collie.

The training will be adapted to the individual students, and will be a combination of clicker training, BAT, operant counterconditioning, and anything else that seems useful for these dog and handler teams.

I can't plan this too much advance, because puppies are always changing as they develop. But the general structure is to work on focus and relaxation.

Who are the puppies?

One team I will likely be working with is two teenagers - a border collie "tween" on the verge of adolescence and my awesome teenage nephew who got the puppy from his family for Christmas.

Chief will be about 6 months old at the start of the class and has not had a lot of training or socialization experiences. His dog experience is limited, but he does interact with the 2-year-old Dachshund who also lives in the home.

I also have two other teenage puppies lined up and am looking for some backup options. If you are interested, please contact me.

This is a unique opportunity to see how I coach adolescent puppy training and socialization. Every dog is unique, but you'll get to see what I do in these cases. It's all done remotely and you'll get to see it live!

Can't make it live? We’ve got you covered! All live videos will be recorded and stay in your library to view at your own pace.

What YOU will be getting in this course

  • Access to the live remote sessions where I will be coaching the puppies' caregivers.
  • An opportunity to ask questions in a chat box. I will reply via live video in the Q&A  at the end of the lesson.
  • Streaming recordings of all consultation and coaching sessions to review any time you want.
  • Access to the eBook version of my book on basic training for puppies and dogs: "The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving & Manners."
  • 8 approved CEUs for CPDT, KPA, IAABC (pending). Be sure to click at the end of each video to add it to your Video History.
  • We report to CCPDT directly, you can use the record in your Video History for other organizations. CCPDT reporting will happen when the course closes and then again April 1 and October 1.

Course Info:

  • Cost is $99. This course is included with Diamond memberships on my new site. Click here for info.
  • ABBA Pro members get an additional 20% off. It’s a great value!
  • Each video session is about 1.5-2 hours long (including question time).
  • If you really want to learn about puppy training in-depth, I highly recommend that you also take my on-demand course Empowered Puppy Raising. It is not required, but will increase your understanding of the course content, especially if you do it first.


About the Instructor: Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP.

Hi, I'm Grisha!

Grisha Stewart. Photo by Riley Walters.

I'm an author, international speaker, and dog trainer based in Oregon, USA. I specialize in finding ways for dogs and humans to get their needs met in life together. My focus is on the prevention and rehabilitation of reactivity in dogs.

I founded Empowered Animals and the online Animal Building Blocks Academy, as well as Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, which I sold to a staff member in 2015. My Ahimsa trainers earned many awards, including Best of Seattle and Best of Western Washington.

"Ahimsa" is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to all living things, which reflects my focus on force-free methods to promote the well-being of dogs and their humans.

My "Ahimsa Dog Training Manual" is a guide for puppies and adult dogs and it's included in this course. It has 4 1/2 stars on Amazon and is available in eBook and paperback form through this site.


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This course is moving to my NEW SITE. Please click here to register there.

Live Course: Dog-Human Aggression Case Sessions with Michael Shikashio CDBC

This course has moved to my NEW SITE. Please click here to register there.

If you are already registered, please view this course on my new site. You have a login over there and will need to reset the password if you haven't done so already.

Start Date: On-demand

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Mia shows fear-based aggression and nipping to a young family member. Click image her bio.

What YOU will be getting in this course

  • Access to the live remote sessions where Mike will be coaching the clients.
  • An opportunity to ask questions in a chat box. Mike will reply via live video in the Q&A  at the end of the lesson.
  • Streaming recordings of all consultation and coaching sessions to review any time you want.
  • 6 CEUs for CPDT, KPA, and IAABC, 2 for CCBC. We report for CCPDT directly, you can use the record in your Video History for other organizations. CCPDT reporting will happen when the course closes and then again April 1 and October 1.
  • Price is $85, with 20% off for ABBA Pro members. It’s a great value!

Join aggression expert Michael Shikashio CDBC as he works with TWO different cases live and remotely.

Mike will be coaching two clients with their own dogs who display aggressive behavior towards people in their home. This is a unique opportunity to see how Mike works an aggression case…all done remotely!

And you'll get to see it all!

Here's the case information for the two dogs:

  1. Mia
  2. Luke

We’ve got you covered! All live videos will be recorded and stay in your library to view at your own pace. This course will earn CEUs for Pro members who are CPDT trainers. Your Pro membership must be current on the reporting date of April 1 for us to report them.


About the Instructor

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working exclusively with dog aggression cases through his business AggressiveDog.com. Michael is fully certified through the IAABC, a Fear Free Certified Trainer, and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Michael Shikashio, CDBC

He is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Michael is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of workshops, webinars, and online courses on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course.

Here are the list of posts in this course, which will eventually include the live and recorded videos. The links don't work unless you're logged in and registered for the course.


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This course has moved to my NEW SITE. Please click here to register there.

BAT Set-Ups Practice Course: Shelter Dog Sessions

Start Date: On-demand

This is an archived of a live course, so all lessons are on-demand and you can go at your own pace.

This course has moved to my NEW SITE. Please click here to register there.

If you are already registered, please view this course on my new site. You have a login over there and will need to reset the password if you haven't done so already.

BAT Set-Ups Practice Course: Main topics

  • How to coach clients to use BAT for dog aggression, frustration, and fear, including the BAT leash skills.
  • How to choose a training location to do BAT.
  • How to choose and change the environment to promote exploration and safety.
  • How to manage training set-ups in real-time, to maximize learning and minimize stress.
  • Shelter-specific advice for dog reactivity.
  • This course is made up entirely of videos, which were live and are now available in recorded form.
This is the dog we worked with in the course. She is an intense dog, with a combination of frustration and aggressive behavior toward other dogs.

In this innovative course, BAT developer Grisha Stewart coached an animal shelter team doing live BAT set-ups and other techniques for dog reactivity.

Grisha was live on video chat with a team at Providence Animal Center in Pennsylvania, with the help of Certified BAT Instructor Laura Harrington. Laura was on-site for hands-on instruction and training set-up management.

Following the training session, Grisha then went over the sessions in an additional live video.

All raw and review sessions were recorded for you to see!

The dog in this course was adopted partway through, so Grisha also worked with the new family. The dog was a spayed female bully X with overarousal, frustration, and aggression issues toward other dogs.

All live videos were recorded and stay in your library to view at your own pace. Viewing all Review Sessions in this course will earn CEUs for Pro members who are CPDT trainers. Your Pro membership must be current on the reporting date of April 1 or October 1.

Prerequisite

Some understanding of Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT 2.0) is required.

What is the Format of This Course?

The shelter team met for 6 sessions, and you get to see them all, in raw format and reviewed again with Grisha:

  • Pretraining:
    • The shelter team watched the Empowered Animals BAT 2.0 series (not included with this course).
    • The team met with Grisha to work some on leash skills and test technology.
  • Session 1 is a Q&A from the videos, a brief history of the dog, and practice with BAT leash skills, as well as going over the features of the training area(s).
  • Sessions 2-6 focus on training set-ups, with BAT and whatever else seems appropriate at the time.

BATlogo-colorWhat YOU will be getting in this course:

  • There are two videos per training session:
    • Raw Sessions, in which Grisha coached the team remotely, and
    • Review Sessions in which Grisha went over the video with live course students and some members of the shelter team.
  • Review Sessions: These are the main course content.
  • Chat Transcripts: Live attendees asked questions during the Review Sessions using a chat window. This text is included in the course materials.
  • Raw Sessions: These are the raw footage of the training sessions, in real-time, without commentary.
  • On-Demand Access. Course content doesn't expire. It will remain in your library to view at any time.
  • Pro ABBA members also earn 9 CPDT CEUs for watching all 6 of the Review videos. Click here for details.
Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) has quickly become a commonly used force-free technique to rehabilitate and prevent (over)reactivity. If you've already started learning about this useful, naturalistic technique, but want to see it in practice, this is your chance!


About the Instructor

Grisha Stewart. Photo by Riley Walters.

This course is presented by Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP. Leash skills are heavily emphasized in this practical course, because they are the very foundation of BAT.


 

Providence Animal CenterShelter: This course works with dogs at the newly redesigned Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania.

A portion of proceeds went to the shelter and adopters of all student and helper dogs in this course got a free copy of the BAT book, the Ahimsa Dog Training Manual, and the streaming Empowered Animals BAT 2.0 series as an adoption gift.

If you want your shelter to participate in this course next time, please contact us.

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Harnesses: All dogs in the course wore the Balance Harness created by Lori Stevens, generously donated by Blue-9.

 

This course has moved to my NEW SITE. Please click here to register there.

How to Human Course: Thrival Skills for People Who Love Dogs!

This course has been moved to my new site!

 

Are you in love with your life?

Or do you have border collies running around in your head, instead?

Do you:

  • Waste time doing things that feel useless or uncomfortable?
  • Wish your clients or family would listen to you or respect your time?
  • Feel stressed or burned out?
  • Feel pressured to be "happy" or get upset when others aren't "positive"?
  • Need more energy or time in the day?
  • Have habits you want to quit or build?
  • Wonder whether there's more to life than simply surviving?
  • Want authentic connections?
  • Need a group of friends you can count on?

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. 🙂 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]



Purchase: Barking Mad Online Course

Course $99
$99


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.☺

- 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.



Purchase: BAT 101 Online Course

Course $99
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