Dog trainers & behaviorists


Grisha Stewart is an author, international speaker, and dog trainer who specializes in dog reactivity.

She owns Empowered Animals in Alaska and Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle. 'Ahimsa' is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to all living things, which reflects Grisha’s focus on force-free methods to promote the well-being of dogs and their humans.

Grisha has a Master’s in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College and most of a Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior at Antioch University, which was interrupted by her hectic travel schedule.

Grisha also runs her six-trainer business in Seattle (from Alaska) and does private consults for aggression cases. Her first career as a theoretical mathematician and college instructor serves her well in dog training and behavior consultations, because she relies heavily on the problem solving, critical thinking, and teaching skills she gained in that field. Since founding Ahimsa Dog Training in 2003, she has found her canine and human students to be much more excited about learning than her college students!

Canine behavior fascinates Grisha and she is highly motivated to help improve our techniques for rehabilitating and training dogs. Her professional interest in reactivity, along with the need to find an efficient rehabilitation technique that would work with her own fearful dog, led Grisha to develop BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) a training method for dogs who experience fear, frustration, and aggression.

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