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ASAT 2020: Mary Hunter – Planning your shaping from a non-linear perspective

This is the seventh in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2020 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Hurst, Texas on February 22-23, 2020.  To learn more about the conference, you can visit the conference website. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking.  I did include some photos from […]

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ASAT 2020: Alexandra Kurland – Shaping on a point of contact

This is the fifth in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2020 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Hurst, Texas on February 22-23, 2020.  To learn more about the conference, you can visit the conference website. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking.  If you post a comment or […]

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ASAT Conference 2018: Dr. Julie S. Vargas on “B.F. Skinner’s Discovery of the Operant and of Shaping.”

This is the sixth in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2018 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Irving, Texas on March 24-25, 2018. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking. If you post a comment or email me, I can try to clarify or provide some additional […]

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ASAT Conference 2018: Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz on “How Movement Cycles Can Improve Your Shaping.”

This the second in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2018 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Irving, Texas on March 24-25, 2018. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking. If you post a comment or email me, I can try to clarify or provide some additional information. […]

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Superstitious Behavior

Last Friday was Friday the 13th. I don’t consider myself a superstitious person, but I do have to admit that I am unlikely to do anything risky on Friday the 13th. I mean, why take a chance? Interestingly enough, on last Friday I was feeling a bit perplexed over a problem  with one of my training projects and it had to do with a “superstitious behavior” that had crept in and […]

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ASAT Conference 2016: Mary Hunter on “Good and Not-So-Good Paths to Learning”

Mary Hunter presented a talk on the use of criteria and related cues in shaping.   When shaping a new behavior, things can be going along very well until you hit a sticky point.  Trainers can respond to this in different ways, by increasing their rate of reinforcement, checking their timing, or making other changes in their training procedure.  While these are all good things to check, Mary wanted to talk about […]

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ASAT Conference 2016: Kay Laurence on “Communicating Through Silence”

I love to hear how particular topics come about. Kay described how she started to think more about what “silence” meant when she was filming her students for a video on practicing.   She was running the video camera and didn’t interrupt or comment to the student when she made an error because it’s so difficult to edit sound out of video.  When asked about the error, the student said that […]

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ASAT Conference 2016: Ken Ramirez on “Bubble Rings and Beluga Whales”

I first heard about the beluga whales and bubble rings a few years ago when someone mentioned them at ClickerExpo, but I never heard the whole story about how the training was done. So I was pretty excited that Ken was going to talk about this at ORCA.  In this short talk (approx 30 minutes), he described how the project came about and how the training was done. If you’ve […]

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ASAT Conference 2016: Dr. Iver Iversen on “Selection and Creation Processes Involved in Shaping a Novel Behavior: Method and Theory”

Dr. Iver Iversen was the keynote speaker at the conference. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Florida.  In his CV, he writes:  “At UNF’s animal learning laboratory, I use rats to study a) circadian rhythms of learned behavior, b) stimulus control; specifically how chains of learned behavior are formed and broken down, c) how learned behavior is maintained over long periods of […]

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ASAT Conference 2016: Kay Laurence on “Micro-shaping”

What is micro-shaping? The first time I heard the term was at Clicker Expo when Kay gave a presentation on shaping where she talked about the importance of clicking for very small movements that would lead directly to the final behavior, and also on the importance of having a high success rate. I can remember being in a learning lab and taking data on the behavior of a golden retriever […]

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