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Your PORTL to shaping

Discover how to take your shaping skills to the next level

Three individuals, deep in conversation, during a PORTL game at a shaping workshop in Germany

In the summer of 2017, ASAT hosted an intensive two-day seminar with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter. The seminar included lectures, hands-on exercises using PORTL, and many thought-provoking discussions.

Participants learned about behavior principles and techniques that can be used to create optimal learning situations when working with both animals and people.

Seminar dates for 2018 will be announced later this fall.

If you are interested in booking a seminar in your area, please contact us.

These seminars are generally limited to 30 attendees to allow ample time for discussion and questions and so that participants can receive individual coaching during the shaping exercises.




Why play PORTL?

Dr. Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter have given PORTL workshops to audiences of both professional animal trainers and behavior analysts throughout the United States and in Europe. Attendees find PORTL to be both educational and enlightening and are eager to continuing using it after the seminar as a tool to gain insight into learning and behavior. Here are some comments from previous workshop and seminar attendees:


“I LOVED the PORTL workshop. So many useful lessons to help us think carefully about our training and gain empathy for our learners!”


“I am going to have all my trainers practice this game with each other.”


“PORTL was a huge ‘ah ha!’ moment for me as I experienced being the learner. It really highlighted some critical concepts that the teacher must consider, especially in lesson planning.”


“PORTL really helps you to understand things from your dog’s viewpoint.”


“Dog trainers tend to forget that our primary job is to teach the dog owners how to train their dogs, not for us to train their dogs. PORTL helps us understand how to teach owners step-by-step.”


“PORTL – wow! I learned so much from one simple exercise. I finally understand resurgence from seeing it happen.”