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Join us for a fun primer on one of the most important skills you need to be the most effective teacher you can be. This skill is shaping! Shaping is the creation of one behavior from another in approximations. Shaping is one of those techniques that can seem so easy, yet there are so many ways we can make the process easy or difficult for the learner, depending on how we do it. Part art and part science, shaping is a skill that you can develop and increase no matter where you are on your own teaching/learning journey. Shaping has evolved in significant ways over the years and what you'll learn about in this presentation is how to give maximum choice and control to the learner while minimizing frustration.

This presentation will be heavily focused on showing you videos of actual shaping sessions with animal and human learners.

Bob Bailey says "clicker training may be simple, but it's not easy."

I would say the same of shaping.

My name is Peggy Hogan and I've been a teacher of human and non-human species for my entire career (40 years.) I've also enjoyed teaching more than one discipline: piano/music and horse training. While the combination might seem a bit odd, my experience is that there are many similarities in how to shape the learner to learn complex sequences without creating frustration in the process. In this webinar I'll  share and discuss  video examples of how some of the shaping techniques I've learned as a musician applies to my non-human equine learners.

I would also like to share how some of our older shaping techniques are being expanded and revised, making the experience even more enjoyable for our learners.

Please come join me and Joan Orr of TAGteach as we discuss making shaping effective and fun.


What is shaping? Peggy will describe the modern view of shaping and show you the latest innovations

Peggy will briefly discuss the key skills involved in shaping by showing videos and discussing these

- Observation

- Timing with click or other reinforcer

- Management of the reinforcer

- Decision Points

- Getting behavior


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Peggy Hogan has had several passions in her life, but the two most constant were the love of music and horses. She fell in love with horses at age three when her sister put her on a pay-per-lap pony ride in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. She started piano lessons and was in her first beginning recital at age four. 

Throughout her adult life she has been a teacher of music, horses and their owners. The driving force behind her teaching and training is empowering the learner and more recently, the benefits of giving choice, consent and control to the learner.

Learning from clicker trainers of other species, Peggy has investigated ways to add more shaping, capturing, luring, and targeting to her clicker training for horses program. She explains and demonstrates that horses will offer complex behaviors freely if given the choice—behaviors that range from riding to horse agility to freestyle to medical procedures. Peggy has also worked with clicker training techniques successfully in the area of horse rescue. 

Peggy is the founder of The Best Whisper is a Click, offering training to horses and the humans of the horse community in positive reinforcement-based training for the past 20 years. She has been a speaker at ClickerExpo conferences since 2013 and is a sought after speaker and workshop presenter.  

Peggy has a master’s degree in psychology and is a Level 1 Certified TAGteacher.

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