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Your PORTL to Stimulus Control

Discover how to take your training skills to the next level

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.

These seminars will allow you to practice your shaping skills with another human as the learner. You will also get to play the role of the learner, which will give you more insight into how people and animals learn. Throughout the weekend, you’ll learn about behavior principles and techniques that will help you create optimal learning situations when working with both animals and people. You’ll also learn foundation skills that will help you problem solve and think more creatively when designing training solutions.

Each 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.

To learn more about PORTL, please visit the Behavior Explorer website.

2020 seminar dates:

August 8-9, 2020: Your PORTL to Stimulus Control
Hurst Conference Center, Hurst, Texas
(Near the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport)
Please note: This is an advanced workshop for attendees who have previously attended a two-day PORTL workshop with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter.

For a list of other PORTL seminars that will be held in other parts of the United States and around the world, please visit the Events page on the Behavior Explorer website.


Your PORTL to Stimulus Control

August 8-9, 2020

Hurst Conference Center, Hurst, Texas

(near the Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport)

In this advanced workshop, we will dive deep into a variety of topics related to stimulus control and cues. Through a series of lectures and PORTL exercises, you will learn about discrimination and generalization, different ways to add and change cues, the stimulus control quadrant, criterion and non-criterion related cues, how to test cues, how the environment and the learner’s history influence what cues are learned, poisoned cues, and much more.

Note: This seminar is limited to attendees who have previously attended a two-day PORTL workshop with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Mary Hunter. If you are unsure if you are eligible for this event, please contact us before registering.

Saturday – 9:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday morning

Lecture: Stimulus control and adding cues

Exercises: Cue delivery, adding cues

Saturday afternoon

Lecture: Criterion and non-criterion related cues

Exercises: Teaching different types of cues

Lecture: Cues evolve during training

Sunday – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Sunday morning

Lecture: The stimulus control quadrant

Exercises: More stimulus control exercises

Lecture: Cues and context

Sunday afternoon

Lecture: Poisoned cues

Exercises: Putting it all together: Advanced challenges

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


Registration for this workshop is $300.

Visit this page to register

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

CEU information: CEUs are pending. In the past, we have been able to offer CEUs for CCPDT, IATCB, IAACB, and KPA. 

If you require CEUs for a different organization, please contact us.

Refund policy: A refund can be given if it is requested 30 days before the start of the seminar. Refunds will be issued for your full registration fee, less a $50.00 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 suggest staying at the Hurst Hilton Garden Inn, which is connected to the conference center. The hotel offers free wi-fi and also has a free shuttle to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Airport Information

Dallas has two large airports, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and the Love Field Airport.


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 are pending. In past years, we have offered CEUs for CCPDT, KPA, IATCB, 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.”