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Behavior Adjustment Training (Bat) - Make Your Dog Calm and Less Reactive

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In 2009 Geisha Stewart started to practice a fairly new behavior therapy approach called Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT). Although the technique has a short history, it gathers worldwide attention and many dog owners and their dogs were helped by this method.
What is BAT? Behavior adjustment training developed its systems from earlier programs like: Desensitization Functional communication exercise Constructional Aggression TreatmentApart from these, the idea of behavior adjustment training also depends on using reward training principles like: Clicker training Negative reinforcement Multiple rewarding systems Knowing the impacts and the significance of environmental factors in a dog’s life Understanding a dog’s signals and behavioral patternsBehavior adjustment training centers on routines and generated situations to allow your dog to go through them.
The starting point is to let your dog see the trigger from a distance where your dog starts to show a calm reaction to the stimulus, and…

Systematic Desensitization and Counterconditioning | Dog Behavior Modification

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Systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning is a behavior modification method with the main goal of changing the emotional response (completely changing the dog’s response to a subject) towards a stimulus that causing the dog to react differently.
In this article, I will share important details on how you can create a therapy program for your dog. I will also add information about dog calming signals which can help you develop a system of language to help your dog stay relaxed if a certain trigger is encountered.
Systematic desensitizing and counter-conditioning is a combination of two different methods that work efficiently together, as a way to produce the main objective which is to get a different behavior response from your dog to a particular trigger. This trigger can be any situation, object, human interaction, etc. that causes the dog to be fearful. What are desensitization and counter-conditioning methodsSystematic Desensitization
This behavior modification technique was d…

How to Train a Dog with Behavior Problems

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Helpful techniques to correct dog behavior problems
In our relationship with dogs, the biggest question that always comes up is dog behavioral problems. The problem is quite difficult to understand and according to a study done in the U.S., it shows that dog behavior problems are the main reason why many dogs end up in shelters or euthanized. This is why it is a problem for most dog owners.
It might be interesting to say that many household dogs exhibit at least one issue from the wide range of dog behavior problems. Most of the time, dog owners learn how to live with these issues or even worse, they just find excuses and reasons to explain their dog's behavior problems.
Before we go to the list of different dog behavioral problems, it is important to know why these problems arise in the beginning.
First of all, the relationship that dogs and humans share has changed considerably from what it primarily evolved as, into the type of relationship we have today. Today, a dog is in a very …

Environmental Factors That Affect Dog Behavior

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Environmental distraction is the reason for about 60% of a dog’s behaviorA dog's behavior relies on the 60% knowledge and experiences he had during his life, most importantly in the first critical months after birth. Dogs can still remember what they have learned and experienced in their entire lives, but older dogs can become slower in their learning process.

Most dogs learn by first: observing and copying, second: through trial and error, and third: through practice. But the most effective of this is through observing and copying. Puppy shepherd dogs are an excellent example. They are good at observing and copying because they learn their skills by constant observations of adult dogs at work then copy what they observe. Dogs learn through trial and errors if they try out something whether there will be a reward or not, like for example ripping a garbage bag. If it founds some tasty left-over, there's a good chance he will search for another and do it again. But when they foun…

Common Dog Behavior Problems Caused by Faulty Training

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Dogs behavior issues are products of some type of trainingDog Behavior and training are closely connected. An absence of one can lead to undesirable habits of the other. Understanding this link can help you deal with many of the problems that can arise from it.

Many dog behavior problems are a result of some type of training. To be exact, dog training is every little thing that our dog learns every time he is interacting with us. Most people have a wrong view that dog training is purely for obedience training or for some types of dog sports. Dogs don’t have any idea about dog agility and a French ring. All of them are activities and learned behaviors and not natural for them, with this explained there is no distinction between dog sports and dog behaviors in our households, which are likewise not inherent for our dog. How our dogs learn from us? The two common ways are:

Through our deliberate actions: When we have a particular objective in mind of the way the dog should engage in a certai…