BATting 1000 : Behavior Adjustment Training for Reactivity

all right so today we're talking today and tomorrow we're talking about bats or behavior adjustment training and the first portion of today will be about not just that but other things that a person can do for reactivity so working on body language working on management so ways to control the situation in general to help set the dog up for success so the order is that we'll do a little preview in a history of that and exactly what is bat so that you kind of have an idea where we're going from here but then go back to talking about foundations and things that are essential for working with reactive dogs talk about body language and then the latter part of today and tomorrow then talking about that and practice and then some sort of geeky stuff with some technical matters so talking about quadrants and all that kind of things and if quadrants doesn't make sense to you well that's okay so it's a good for dog trainers to know so we will be doing demos throughout the day so today and tomorrow we'll be doing demos staged with a low intensity version of the trigger so they're seeing the dog from far far away or the if it's a person they're far away maybe they're turning to the side but some low intensity version of the trigger we've then wait for a good behavior and if that's not happening or if it looks like the dog is stuck then we might prompt that good behavior with words or moving our body or whatever so wait for a good behavior mark that behavior with some kind of marker signal verbal or clicker or visual and then the functional reward which we'll talk a lot about functional rewards but basically for fearful dogs it's usually moving away from the trigger is the reward it's the reason for the reactivity in the first place and then some kind of bonus reward so food toys or whatever so we're using a combination of real-life rewards and then some of the time we're also using bonus rewards and we're always using the bonus reward of tension and affection from the owner or there where the focus of everything is hello the three the third stage is the core of that the first two stages are more for management and there are ways to keep the dog learning good things on walks and at home and whatever but the third stage is really where I focus and where I do set up but the first stage is basically clique for the dog or whatever animal you're working with clique for them just looking at the scary monster and then call them away walk away and give a treat and one of our thoughts was yesterday he gives a lot of facial expressions that get missed when you're too far behind them so we're positioning some of our trainers past where they'll be working to give a hand signal to the owner that if he gets locked in and starts doing a facial expression that she's missing to do a let's go and retreat with a treat if we need to so that he doesn't hang too long and explode so that's one thing that we're working on the other thing we are gonna use John as a bonus reward if we're not using food he gets to play with this dog because his dog loves him so much and then we are going to not walk in a straight line towards our target dog we are going to basically try to the goal is to zigzag from one side towards the other that's gonna be kind of the focal point at diagonal lines hoping that that we can get further right here that's okay we're trying to first walk towards his first tree we're trying to get a baseline where he notices dog which he hasn't yet calm calm so you little too so he was likely body got a little bit Stiller more still his tail is dropping as he's sniffing and he looked there as ears went up and he's doing a lot of sniffing and and I was going to say Bridget had that leash nice and loose at that point yeah and she's retreating a nice distance to I think I think so about 15 and actually let him sniff that oh well so eating grass Kendriya stress sign also from dogs so maybe we should take it ok again this is just like his favorite grass so if we were going to move to stage 3 here then I think that we would probably focus more on all of the different behaviors and using yes having the owner use yes as the marker and having the owner really practice exactly yep so hey puppy puppy come here you're cute aren't you all right hold on so I get for grabbing a dog before I grab the treat bag what's that so we're doing bad already I'm gonna teach the moonwalk I just think that's cute all right so that wasn't bad but hold on let me let her look at it whatever it is again yeah good girl well here we go we have something to work on already yeah you're buying all right so now that the screen is no longer important to the puppy we have short attention span theater and that's why that's all we want so I just wanted to say that before I learn bat I used a lot of counter conditioning with my dogs I've been doing this for 10 years and I specialize in aggression anxiety and reactivity and before bed I did a lot of counter conditioning and while some of the dogs got better none of them ever got to the point where they regained regained or improved their social skills where they could be normal dogs in normal situations so I just wanted to say thank you to you because now I'm actively fixing dogs and on top of it we get to honor the dog so thank you

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