FE340: Beyond the Basics: Shaping Advanced Skills

Instructor: Deborah JonesJudy Keller

Course Details

Our goal with this course is to help you take your shaping skills to the next level!  

If you have a basic understanding of how to shape simple behaviors and you'd like to make shaping more useful in your training, then this course is for you. 

We will work on shaping speed and enthusiasm along with precision and accuracy. 

We want to help you see the places in your training where shaping would be an advantage and then help you apply it properly.  While people often use shaping for tricks, they rarely take advantage of it for their performance and sport training. 

This is a GREAT small space and bad weather activity! 


Next session starts: April 1, 2017
Registration starts: March 22, 2017
Registration ends: April 15, 2017

Registration will begin at 10:30AM PST.

Enrollment limits: 12 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level spot you can sign up any time during the registration period.


*Tentative, subject to revision 

Beyond the Basics:  Advanced Shaping Skills


Pre-Class Lecture:


Selective reinforcement

Why shaping?  Why NOT shaping?

Making operant dogs


Week 1:  Basic concepts


Active vs. calm markers 

Active vs. stationary behaviors

Setting up a successful session

Props vs. body movement

Proper technique

Treat placement



Week 2:  Targeting


Touch this with that!


Week 3:  Retrieves


Pick up all the things!


Week 4:  Precision & topography (heeling & positions)  


Do it exactly like this!


Week 5:  Duration (stationary work)  


Do nothing for longer!


Week 6:  Trainer’s Choice & Instructor’s Challenge

Prerequisites and Equipment

Those in Gold spots should have some basic experience shaping behaviors, along with food motivated dogs. 

You may need to obtain some props, but those are typically things you already have around the house. 

Course Testimonials

Brand New Course December 2015

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