Sunday, June 24, 2012

BAT (Behavioral Adjustment Training) For Dog's Fear Of Bicycle

Jessie pulled the bicycle over on herself. She was now scared even when a bike was standing in the driveway, and she was in the house. This is her first series of training sessions.

Observe what behaviors she adds as she gets more stressed.

BAT is from Grisha Stewart's operant approach at to help dog's get over fears and learn to self-calm in stressful situations.


Donna Hill has a degree in zoology and a teaching degree. She has 20 years experience in adult and child education and enjoyed teaching people how to observe animals in nature as a nature interpreter, field biologist and train-the-trainer for presentation skills and now applies her knowledge and skills to help people and their dogs. She helps people with disabilities to train their own service dogs and has experience working with autistic and developmentally delayed teens. She uses plain English to explain what you are doing and why and also provides analogies you can relate to. She was also a Girl Guide and earned the highest honor as well as worked in the Tourism industry as a information counselor. She loves to share key information with people!

Visit her blog at Online Clicker Training Tutorials & Coaching.

Check out her two Youtube channels supernaturalbc2009 and supernatural 2008 to see if you like her style of teaching. Her motto is "Yard by Yard, Life is hard. Inch by Inch, It's a Cinch!" Break everything down into it's simplest parts and it's achievable!

Don't forget to visit her FB group Observation Skills for Training Dogs.

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Shaping A Dog's Recall: Check In
Shaping A Dog's Recall: Movement Towards You
Shaping A Dog's Recall: Distractions


  1. I've used this approach with some of Sage's fears and, over time, it has helped!

    1. Sounds like a great approach to me. In my opinion this is actually the closest to the ACTUAL animal whispering.