Become a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor

Certification in Behavior Adjustment Training validates your expertise to correctly instruct and implement meaningful behavior change through BAT. Working with dogs, and the humans who care for them, requires many skill sets as a dog trainer, especially when working with dogs who may overreact towards other dogs or people. CBATIs are highly skilled in antecedent arrangements, canine body language, BAT leash skills, and the fundamentals of desensitization and counter-conditioning. Results are gained through skilled support, and repeated practice, of meeting the dog’s needs in a safe, organic way.

The Pre-Requisites

CBATIs must adhere to the principles of LIMA (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive) and practice positive reinforcement and force-free training methods. We recommend applicants read the free BAT handouts available, watch Grisha Stewart’s BAT 2.0 Video Series, especially the DVD BAT 2.0 Set-Ups, and read BAT 2.0 for Dog Aggression, Frustration & Fear by Grisha Stewart. Whenever possible attend a BAT Seminar/Workshop or perhaps find mentorship with a certified BAT instructor.

The Requirements

  • CBATIs are recognized as experts in the prevention and reduction of unwanted reactivity. Certification is granted to experienced trainers who pass a rigorous theoretical exam and demonstrate correct BAT skills.

  • 01. Proof of Experience

    CBATIs must have accrued 200 training hours (at least 100 must be working with reactivity) using positive reinforcement and force-free training methods as a lead trainer working with clients/shelters

  • 02. Theoretical Exam

    All CBATIs must pass a theoretical written exam at a BAT Instructor Certification Course, or online via an oral exam.

  • 03. Practical Skills Assessment

    All CBATIs must pass a practical skills assessment whether in person at a BAT Instructor Certification Course, or online via a PSA video submission.

The Benefits

Certification as a BAT instructor communicates to the international professional dog training community and to the public that you are highly skilled in this technique; you know it well, you teach it well.