Join us this summer for….

Your PORTL to shaping

Discover how to take your shaping skills to the next level

June 24-25, 2017

Hurst Conference Center

(near the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport)

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

Join Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter for two intensive days of lectures and hands-on exercises using PORTL.

You’ll learn about behavior principles and techniques that will help you create optimal learning situations when working with both animals and people.

The seminar will be limited to 30 attendees to allow ample time for discussion and questions and so that participants can receive individual coaching during the shaping exercises.

Registration cost: $300
Registration includes the two-day seminar, as well as lunch on both days.

**Fewer than 10 spots left**

CEU information: CEUs will be available for CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA.

  • Program
  • Registration
  • Location and Hotel
  • FAQ
  • Why play PORTL?

Weekend Schedule

Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday morning


Lecture: Shaping: Principles and techniques

Exercises: PORTL foundations

Saturday afternoon

Lecture: Shaping behavior

Lecture: Resurgence: What it is and how to use it

Exercises: Capturing and shaping behavior

Sunday – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sunday morning

Lecture: The constructional approach to behavior change

Exercises: Criteria

Sunday afternoon

Lecture: Are errors necessary for learning?

Exercises: Putting it all together: Advanced shaping challenges

Q&A with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter

**Registration is now closed**

Registration: $300

The registration fee includes the two-day seminar, seminar materials and handouts, and lunch on Saturday and on Sunday. Coffee will also be provided in the mornings.

CEU information:

CCPDT: 6.5 CEUs for trainers and 5 CEUs for behavior consultants

IAABC: 14.5 CEUs

KPA: 14.5 CEUs

Refund policy: A refund can be given if it is requested on or before Monday, May 22, 2017. Refunds will be issued for your full registration fee, less a $75.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after this date. All refunds must be requested in writing. Please contact us for more information.

Seminar Location

Hurst Conference Center: 1601 Campus Dr, Hurst, TX 76054

The Conference Center is located near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and is approximately 30 minutes from Dallas and 15 minutes from Fort Worth. It offers free parking in a covered garage. More information and directions can be found on the Hurst Conference Center website.

Hotel information

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Hurst Hyatt Place, which is a short four-minute walk from the Conference Center.

Address: 1601 Hurst Town Center Drive, Hurst, Tx, 76054

Seminar room rate: $104.00 per night, plus taxes

Last day to reserve rooms using the seminar rate: June 1

Book a room online using the group code G-ASAT. Or call 1-888-492-8847 and use the group name: The Art and Science of Animal Training.

Hotel features:

Free Airport shuttle to the DFW International Airport

Free shuttle to local restaurants and shopping

Free Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout the hotel

Free breakfast with hot items, fresh fruit, oatmeal and more

Refrigerator and single serve coffee maker in each room

Complimentary public computers and printing

Hotel Gallery Cafe offers lunch and dinner options

24-hour fitness center

There are several restaurants within easy walking distance of the hotel.

Note: The hotel’s check out time is noon. If you will be flying out in the evening on Sunday, the hotel will be able to store your baggage for you after you check out.

Airport Information

Dallas has two large airports, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and the Love Field Airport. We recommend flying into DFW International, as the hotel provides a free shuttle to this airport. If you do fly into Love Field, you will need to take a taxi, Uber, or airport shuttle.

Frequently Asked Questions

I finished my registration, but didn’t get a confirmation e-mail. Am I registered?

First, please check your spam folder. However, if you did not receive a confirmation email, your registration might not have gone through. Please contact us and we can check your registration status.

Will CEUs be available?

CEUs will be available for CCPDT, KPA, and IAABC.

Can I bring my dog?

The seminar will consist of lectures, hands-on activities with other humans, and discussions. There will not be opportunities for demonstrations with dogs. So, please leave your dogs (and other pets) at home!

Please note that the conference facility does not allow dogs or other pets inside the building, except for working service animals.

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.”