2 CEUs for CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA
Q&A Time with Grisha and Michael
30 minutes of bonus Q&A time with Grisha and Michael is included!
Access to the recording is available for one year from the date of purchase!
In punishment-based dog training, the leash is used not just as a restraint, but as a way to inflict pain or startle, and many lessons about dog training include how to handle the leash to get the most force in a precise way. With the rise of positive reinforcement training, the leash was no longer needed to ‘teach’ the dog and lessons on leash handling fell by the wayside. And yet dogs were still walked on leash. Not having guidance on leash handling opened up positive reinforcement trainers to a wide range of unfortunate mistakes, including unintentional pressure, restricted freedom, safety hazards like rope burns and loose dogs, or regressing to leash pops in frustration. Michael Shikashio and Grisha Stewart separately noticed that important skill gap in modern dog training and have been developing and teaching their own leash handling skills for aggression for over a decade and a half. While each of us uses more skills beyond the ones we developed ourselves, Mike is known for his defensive handling techniques and Grisha is known for her BAT leash skills - how to use a long line to create a sense of freedom while still maintaining safety and control. We thought it would be helpful to join up to share our tools in the same webinar, so you can learn when to use which, and why. We are both continually learning, so we also thought it would be a fabulous opportunity to teach each other how we work. Both of us will give an overview of the leash handling skills we teach, and also guide the other through a practical skill. Grisha will be teaching Michael her new “leash belay” technique and Michael walk Grisha through “leash quick control. Follow along as you add new skills to your leash handling toolbox!
Grisha Stewart is best known among dog trainers for developing Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), a humane technique for addressing dog aggression, frustration, and fear. Through her international dog seminars, DVDs, books, and in-person and online training school, she’s helped hundreds of thousands of dogs and their people thrive. Grisha uses positive reinforcement mindfully in ways that directly benefit the animal, like teaching cooperative care and consent which forms the foundation of her online school Grisha Stewart Dog Training Academy. The Academy is more than just education. It's an international community where some of the world's top animal professionals come together to help learners grow, and to encourage empowered, trustworthy, wholehearted living with dogs. Grisha also writes and plays music , climbs rocks, reads voraciously, and loves the outdoors. She currently lives in Oregon, USA with her fiancé Tom, Joey the Labrador and Zuki the small (but mighty!) rescue dog.
Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the founder of AggressiveDog.com and focuses on teaching other professionals from around the world on how to successfully work aggression cases. He is a five-term president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and was the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Member of the Year in 2020. Michael is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News, The List TV, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World. He also hosts the popular podcast show “The Bitey End of the Dog” where he chats with the foremost experts on dog aggression. He has been a featured keynote speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars in more than 200 cities and 14 different countries around the world, and offers a variety of educational opportunities on the topic of canine aggression, including the Aggression in Dogs Master Course and the annual Aggression in Dogs Conference.