BAT – Behavior Adjustment Training Entry 4/3/13

So I’ve finished reading the BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) book and almost finished watching disc 1 of the 2 disc training DVD set.  I have to say that I’m becoming a believer!  Usually Suki becomes “Cujo” on walks when she encounters a dog.  I’m not talking about aggressive/biting, but she barks and lunges.  The couple of times she’s gotten to the  other dog (more the other dog charged her), she just sniffs and sits.  Unfortunately, I’m deaf and my arm is ripped out of the socket by that time. LOL.

On our afternoon walk yesterday, I noticed a big improvement in Suki’s behavior.  We encountered a few dogs in yards…and no lunging!  There was barking, but no lunging at all! That’s HUGE with Suki! Instead of telling Suki to “sush”, I gave her the time to make her own “right” decision.  She barked a few times, then quieted down and turned back to look at me.  A click, walk away (the functional reward), praise, and a treat then we were on our way.  Normally on walks, I have to use both hands to restrain her and physically get between her & the dog to quiet her down.  I was so impressed yesterday!  Now granted, the dogs were a little farther away in a yard then walking right by them on a walk, but we have to start somewhere.

Suki encountering dogs on leash before starting BAT:

Suki encountering dogs on a walk after few BAT sessions:

My end goal for walking Suki while encountering dogs:


Posted on April 3, 2013, in Training & Tips and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. are you also using a replacement behavior? A behavior that would help keep the dog under threshold while using BAT? Example, dog’s name, turn, let’s go, watch me…sometimes we even use sniff or find it. To help the dog look anywhere put at the other dog and help shorten the distance between both dogs.

  2. OMD i’m going to have to look into BAT for our rescue boxer Baxter. he does something very similar & i want to get him Therapy Dog Certified like our female Cookie.

    • I definitely recommend trying BAT. I’ve started seeing improvements in Suki after a couple weeks. She still freaks out when we get too close, but there have also been times when she made the decision to disengage on her own without me clicking first. She’s in between Stage 1 and 2 right now. I read the book, which is good, but the videos were more helpful for me. It was easier for me to see the exercises being performed than just seeing pictures of the steps. I will warn you that the videos are definitely self-filmed and not the highest production quality but very informative.

      • thanks so much! i spent some time yesterday checking out their site & some of the YouTube stuff. i even tried a little different technique this morning that would be more “BAT-worthy” while walking Baxter & definitely got a positive response out of him. based on what you said, i think i’ll try the videos first as i’m the same way you are, i like/need to see it in action!

        • I definitely recommend the videos. It was just easier to understand how to use the technique. Suki completely ignored a dog barking down the street today. I about died from shock!

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