Chapter 2: Shaping
Keep learning! Explore the bonus content for this chapter.

read icon Read

Lads Before the Wind. Karen Pryor. New York: Harper and Row, 1975. Waltham, MA: Sunshine Books, 1994, 2000.

A day of great illumination: B.F. Skinner’s discovery of shaping.” Gail B. Peterson. 2004. Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior 82:317-28.

The colony of Red-footed boobies (Sula sula rubripes) at Oahu Sea Life Park.” Karen Pryor and Ingrid Kang. 1969. International Zoo Yearbook.

“Sea Life Park and the Oceanic Institute.” Karen Pryor. 1967.
Curator. Vol. 3. New York: American Museum of Natural History.

The behavior and training of cetaceans in captivity.” R. H. DeFran and Karen Pryor. 1980. In Cetacean Behavior: Mechanisms and Functions, ed. Louis Herman. New York: Wiley-Interscience.

watch icon Watch

Photos: Sea Life Park Gallery

Video: Spotted and Spinner Dolphins
Video: False Killer Whale Double Jump
Video: Shaping Demonstration: Blowing Bubbles
Video: Spinner Dolphins Spinning
Video: Boomer High-Five
Video: Puppy Chase Game
Video: Scotty with Ball

visit icon Visit

Sea Life Park

Group of spinner dolphins porpoising

“Karen Pryor explores new discoveries in animal learning, looks at old concepts with a fresh perspective, and tells a masterful story throughout. This book should fascinate the scientist, the trainer, and the casual animal lover all at the same time. Karen has always been a compelling storyteller, but this book truly caps off her amazing career. As an animal-care professional, I would put this on the required reading list for everyone who works with or cares about animals.”

Ken Ramirez
Shedd Aquarium, and author of Animal Training