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    • Saturday, April 09, 2022
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, April 10, 2022
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL


    CEUS: PPAB 12, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    Workshop Daily Schedule: 

    Day 1: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

    Day 2: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM


     10:30 AM-10:45 AM (refreshments)

    12 Noon-1 PM (lunch)

    2:30 PM-2:45 PM (refreshments)

    Join Mary Hunter for two intensive days of lectures and hands-on exercises using PORTL. PORTL, or the Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab, is a tabletop game that will help you learn more about animal behavior and learning.

    This workshop will focus specifically on the topic of shaping. You’ll learn about behavior principles and techniques that will help you create optimal learning situations when working with both animals and people. Throughout the weekend, we’ll talk about reinforcement systems, how to shape actions, arranging the environment to facilitate learning, raising criteria, chaining, writing shaping plans, prerequisite behaviors, and errorless learning.

    In addition to lectures and discussion, this workshop will allow you to practice your shaping skills with another human as the learner. These exercises will help you learn to problem solve and think more creatively when designing training solutions. You will also get to play the role of the learner, which will give you more insight into how people and animals learn.

    The workshop will be limited to a small group of attendees to allow ample time for discussion and questions and so that participants can receive individual coaching during the shaping exercises.

    Your workshop Instructor – Mary Hunter, M.S.

    Mary Hunter earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Chicago in 2008 and a master’s degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas in 2013. She runs her own animal training and consulting business and serves as president of The Art and Science of Animal Training, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides educational programs for professional animal trainers. In addition, Mary teaches classes at the University of North Texas as an adjunct instructor. Mary’s main research interests include studying the process of shaping and developing better methods for teaching both people and animals. In 2019, Mary and Dr. Rosales-Ruiz published their first book: “PORTL: The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab.” You can find Mary online at BehaviorExplorer.com or on her personal blog, StaleCheerios.com

    Workshop Location

    This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility.

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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