The BAT Book is here!
September 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm
The book looks awesome. It is big and glossy and beautiful. Once again a big thank you to Grisha for letting me contribute to this enlightening and groundbreaking book. I’ll admit that working on this book was not like any of my other dog illustration jobs. Most of these drawings were based on and originally inspired by my own PERSONAL training experiences with Boogie so it is an extra exhilirating feeling to hold this book in my hands.
*click on images to see them larger
A Reactivity Chart showing “thresholds”:
Good Choices or Replacement Behaviors (instead of barking, lunging, biting etc.)
BAT On Walks, Stage 1 –
*One thing that I want to draw attention to…
Over a year ago, when I created my very first “BAT Set-Up” illustration I was still very much a BAT newbie, learning the protocol for the first time, and also learning to read Boogie. In this illustration (see below), in Step 1, even though I labeled it “Safe Distance”, the drawing of Boogie shows stress. He is clearly “over-threshold” ie, NOT at a safe distance from the trigger. In other words, my depiction of the set-up was wrong.
Note: INCORRECT illustration!
I wish I could’ve fixed this illustration before it got translated into different languages and shared around the internet, but… sigh… Thank goodness for the book! I hope that people who are still sharing the old illustration will refer to the updated version.
In the book (and also in Grisha’s latest BAT Set-Up handout) the NEW and UPDATED “BAT Set-Up” illustration shows an unstressed under-threshold dog… as he should be. The learning of Replacement Behaviors (or Good Choices) happens only when the dog is under-threshold.
Updated CORRECT illustration - click to see larger
A clipping from the book below, which is such an important memo.
Reactive dogs need to feel this sense of control in being able to disengage from stress on their own… which is what leads to social confidence and politeness. Hey, I think this applies to humans too. 🙂
In the last chapter of the book there are testimonials from dog trainers who have used BAT. They share their experiences . I love this one in particular from Shelly Volsche …
BAT website: www.functionalrewards.com
Order the book or ebook: HERE
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