Training whales

Date: Fri Apr 18 2003 - 14:11:46 EDT

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    I want to be a killer whale trainer but how do you train them?sarah age7

    Karen Pryor wrote a great book on training dolphins called "Lads Before the Wind". A dolphin trainer has to go thru schooling, just like you do, to learn how to do this. Many of the same techniques used to train dogs (like positive reinforcement) are used to train dolphins. Hope this helps. You might see if the Sea World website has some additional information on this topic, or look thru the WhaleNet archives to see if someone might have asked this question before and had it answered.

    Dagmar Fertl

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