There are a number of things that I loved about this class. There was a high instructor to student ratio which ensured that all got the attention they needed and all worked safely. We started our 6 week session working our dogs in controlled scenarios. Once our dogs were comfortable with each other, we progressed to walking in neighbourhoods which eventually included downtown Oakville, meeting new dogs and practicing our new skills. I think the greatest success of this class was evidenced by a little Maltese who at the beginning of the class was so reactive, it had to work behind a building while the rest of the class worked at about 200’ away. By the end of our 6 weeks, this little dog was walking with us through the streets!
For Twizzler, this class gave him the skills to self-regulate and while we aren’t tearing up agility courses in a trial yet, we are able to enter the ring and do a few pieces of equipment. He’s even been to agility drop in’s at new locations and has done extremely well. These are all small (maybe tiny) steps forward but steps in the right direction all the same. In the meantime, both Twizzler and I are having fun playing BAT, seeking out stranger dogs in new places. For those of you with dogs who have impulse control issues, BAT might be the key.