Errorless Shaping

A recording of an webinar with Agnieszka Janarek

Agnieszka about the webinar:

"Shaping is not a training in which your dog has to “figure out what to do”!

When your dog has to “come up with what is expected of him”, this is not shaping.

Think about what you will be teaching. In any other context, random behaviors that the animal offers are usually signs of a fading process and relapse of behaviors, and that is definitely something we don’t want.

An important part of shaping is to gradually build the behavior. Shaping should be errorless! Each step should lead to the desired behavior. This requires prior setting and analysis of the necessary premises.

Does this sound scary and serious? Don’t worry! I will explain it with simple examples and everything is shown in tutorials, so you will understand it quickly!

Find out:

– How to shape errorlessly?

– How to plan shaping sessions?

– How to control antecedents?

– When can you add a cue?

– What should you do if an error occurs?

This webinar will delve into the topic of behavior shaping for beginners and advanced students.

What topics will we cover:

– What shaping is,

– Fading and how to avoid it,

– Relapse of behaviors,

– Errorless training,

– Step-by-step tips for a training session

– The importance of planning and why not to ignore this element

– How to manage antecedents

– The application of backchaining in shaping

– Aids in shaping – do you have to prompt?

– Dealing with errors and how to avoid them

– Lots of practical exercises

– Shaping with objects

– Shaping without objects

Our goal as teachers is to make sure that the learning process is clear. Let me help you understand how you can do this so you never have this problem again!


Speaker Bio:

Agnieszka Janarek is the founder of Tromplo, and her academic background is in Applied Behavior Analysis. She aims to bridge the gap between science and practice, teaching her students how to apply scientific knowledge to real-world scenarios. Her goal is to dispel myths and rely on reliable education based on scientific and ethical principles in the animal training world.

Agnieszka has focus on empowering trainers to work independently and develop essential skills for working with animals. She prioritize giving animals choices in their training interactions, regardless of the task at hand.

Creating Tromplo was a dream come true for her. It provides a safe space for positive reinforcement trainers to learn from one another and apply the latest scientific methods to enhance learning in their students.

In 2016, Agnieszka founded the Nosework Poland Association, which has become the largest Nosework sports organization in Poland. While she is no longer affiliated with the organization, she is proud of its growth. She is also a caretaker of three adopted dogs: Gacek, Gapcio, and Gunia.

Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Institute of Psychology at Jagiellonian University, working on her PhD thesis on anxiety behavior in dogs under the supervision of Professor Przemysław Bąbel.


- Applied Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology

- Jagiellonian University Psychology Department: currently pursuing a PhD on fearful behaviors in dogs

- Master's Degree from Law School, Jagiellonian University, and Certificate of American Law Program, Berkeley University of California (USA)

- LLA- Living and Learning with Animals Certificate of Completion, Professor: Susan G. Friedman Ph.D

- TAKL – Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence Course

- Mantrailing International Instructor Course – Tromplo is the first Polish branch of Mantrailing International Andreas Ebert

- CPCFT Certified Professional Caine Fitness Trainer by Debbie Gross

- Founder of Polish Nosework Organization: Nosework Polska

- Founder of Tromplo®

- Licensed Polish Nosework Association Trainer and Judge

- Conducting seminars in Poland and abroad

(If you are a member of Hund i Fokus' member portal, access to the webinar is included in the membership. )

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