ok, my apologies as i should probably not be asking this question before figuring out exactly what BAT is. i *think* i understand the concept in general - the reward is that the scary thing goes away/fearful dog is permitted to get farther away from scary thing.... ????
here's the deal: L was given pick of the litter from a litter sired by Pi's daddy and a local couple's champion female. when they were still young the dog L put her name on was a little fireball, super sassy and outgoing, nothing fearful about her. well, fast forward to about 6 months ago (about 6 months of age so most likely fear period?) and kaboom, the dog became a scaredy cat. she's totally fine at home but at shows she was really struggling. L told the couple to take her home and work with her, that she cannot come back to a show until she's worked thru whatever all of this is. the dog actually does well in the ring if she shows early i.e. isn't sitting around getting worked up waiting her turn. L also just doesn't want to put the dog thru any kind of bad experience in a show environment especially. if she's not having fun or at least OK in the down time then it's not good for her to be there at all.
the lady is a special ed teacher. i didn't realize that until last month when we were visiting. she didn't know i was an OT, either.
L had asked me about working with this dog, was there anything in particular i thought could help the dog work thru the scary, noisy show environment - thinking along the lines of my work with the kiddo's and their sensory processing issues. i told her the dog's issues are not the same issues as the kids but i'd think about it.
the special ed teacher talked with one of her friends and now is all about this BAT for her dog.
i was thinking more along the lines of doing target work as a foundation, give the dog something to do when walking thru show buildings, while waiting ringside, etc.
anyway, my question really is whether BAT is an appropriate intervention for this situation. i'm supposed to get together with the lady and the dog over the weekend or next week. this dog is incredibly beautiful and will definitely be a champion **if** she can work thru her issues with all the noise/scary stimuli in show buildings. no biggie if she doesn't go back in the ring but if we can help her be more confident in every day situations out in the world that's a good thing, too.