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All of our Whale Done books are available through Amazon and major book retailers. Clicking on the book icons below will take you directly to the Amazon page where the books may be purchased.

Blanchard, K., Lacinak, T., Tompkins, C., Ballard, J. (2002). Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

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Blanchard, K., Lacinak, T., Tompkins, C., Ballard, J. (2009). Whale Done Parenting: How to Make Parenting a Positive Experience for You and Your Kids. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

 

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Zurchin, C., Ballard, J., Lacinak, T. (2012). The Whale Done! School: Transforming a School's Culture by Catching Students Doing Things Right. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse Publishers. Forward by Ken Blanchard.

 

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Skurski, M., Millwood, A., MacPhee, M. (2006). The Games People Play: A Behavioral Husbandry Activity Guide. Published by Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Natural Encounters, Inc., Orlando, FL

 

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Recommended Articles & Interesting Reading

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Precision Behavior Articles & Presentations

Lacinak, C.T., 1976 “Making Learning Fun,”  Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Boston, MA.

 

Lacinak, C.T. 1977. “Advantages of Random and Interrupted Reinforcement with Pinnipeds,” Oral Presentation, Annual Meeting, International Marine Animal Trainers Association.

 

Lacinak, T., McHugh, M., 1985 “Educating the Zoological Community on the Advantages of Conditioning Husbandry Behavior,” Oral Presentation on Behalf of IMATA to the National Conference of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.

 

McHugh, M.B., Lacinak, C.T., and Force, D.L., 1989  “Husbandry training as a tool for marine mammal management,” Proceedings of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums Regional Conference, pp. 799-802. Award Recipient: IMATA Best Husbandry Behavior Award

 

McHugh, M.B. and Lacinak, C.T., 1990 “The Use of a Match-to-sample Paradigm to Assess Visual Discrimination Skills in Killer Whales (Orcinus orca),” Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association.

 

McHugh, M.B., and C.T. Lacinak, 1990 “Symbolic Tone Language for Use with Odontocete Cetaceans,” Abstract, Annual Meeting, International Marine animal Trainers Association.

 

Odell, Daniel K., Andrews, Brad F., and Lacinak, Clinton T., 1991 “Biology of the Killer Whale Orcinus orca: Growth of Captive Born Calves,” Abstract, Ninth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals.

 

Turner, Ted N., Lacinak, Clinton T., Tompkins, Charles D., Scarpuzzi, Michael R., and Force, David L., 1991 “Husbandry Training at Sea World.” Abstract, Annual Meeting, International Marine Animal Trainers Association.

 

Scarpuzzi, M.R., Lacinak, C.T., Turner, T.N., Tompkins, C.D., and Force, D.L., 1991 November,  “Decreasing the Frequency of Extinction:  An application for the training of Marine Mammals,”  Paper presented at the 19th Annual International

Marine Animal Trainers Association, Concord, CA.

 

McHugh, Mark B., Kuczaj, Stan A., Lacinak, Clinton T., 1991 “Evidence for a Critical Period in the Acquisition of a Symbolic Auditory Cueing System by Killer Whales, Orcinus orca.” Abstract, Ninth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals.

 

Lacinak, Clinton, T., Turner, Ted N., McHugh, Mark B. 1992. “Behavioral Enrichment with Marine Mammals,” Oral Presentation, Annual Meeting, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.

 

Turner, T., Lacinak, C.T., Kuczaj, S.A., II, McHugh, M.B., Force, D.L., Scarpuzzi, M.R., Tompkins, C.D., 1992 “Behavioral Development of Captive Born Killer Whale Orcinus orca Calves: The First Year,” 20th Annual Meeting, International Marine Animal Trainers Association.

 

Lacinak, T., Tompkins, C., Scarpuzzi, M., Turner, T., Force, D., Fad, Otto., 1992 “Water Desensitization Training,” Oral Presentation, Annual Conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Grand Bahama Island.

 

Kuczaj, S., Lacinak, C.T., Turner, T., McHugh, M., Scarpuzzi, M., Tompkins, C., Force, D., Kuczaj, M., 1992 “Animal Learning: The Relationship of Training and Research,” Oral Presentation, Annual Conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Grand Bahama Island.

 

Lacinak, T., Turner, T., Kuczaj, S. 1995 “When is Environmental Enrichment Most Effective?” Oral Presentation at the International Conference on Environmental Enrichment, Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Stevens, B., LeBlanc, D., Gutman, R., Kirkpatrick, N., Chag, M., Millwood, A. 1996 “The Nose Knows: Olfactory Enrichment for Fruit Bats,” The Shape of Enrichment, 5 (2), 4-5.

 

Millwood, A. 1997 “Effectiveness of Elizabethan Collars on Flying Foxes,” In Proceedings of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Regional Conference, Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Kuczaj, S., Lacinak, T., Garver, A., Scarpuzzi, M., 1997 “Can Animals Enrich Their Own Environment?” pp 168-170 in Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Environmental Enrichment, 12 to 17 October 1997, Orlando Florida.  Eds: Valerie J. Hare and Karen E. Worley.  Published by The Shape of Enrichment, Inc.

 

Millwood, A. 1998 “Enrichment for Old World Fruit Bats,” In A.A.Z.K. Enrichment Committee (Ed.), American Association of Zoo Keepers Enrichment Notebook, Topeka, Kansas: A.A.Z.K., Inc.

 

Kuczaj. S.A. II, Lacinak, C.T., Fad, O., Tompkins, C. 1998. “Why Do Environmental Enrichment Devices (EEDs) Become Less Enriching?” Pg. 167. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Environmental Enrichment.

 

Millwood, A., Hylton, J. 1999 “Lion Enrichment and Training at Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” Poster Presented at the Felid Tag Conference, Orlando, Florida.

 

Kuczaj, S.A.II, Lacinak, C.T., Turner, T.N. 1999 “Environmental Enrichment in Marine Mammals” In Book: ENVIRONMENTAL ENRICHMENT FOR CAPTIVE ANIMALS.  D. Shepherdson, J. Mellen, M. Hutchins, eds. Smithsonian Institution Press.

 

Scarpuzzi, M. R., T. N. Turner, C. D. Tompkins, C. T. Lacinak, and S. A. Kuczaj, 1999. The Use of the ‘Least Reinforcing Scenario’ in a Proactive Training Program. Abstract, 27th Annual Conference, International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Chicago, IL, 6 10 Dec. 1999. Award Recipient: IMATA People’s Choice Award.

 

Millwood, A., MacPhee, M. 2000 “Organizational Techniques to Foster Consistency in Animal Training Programs,” In Proceedings of the American Association of Zoo Keepers National Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

 

Lacinak, C. T., M. R. Scarpuzzi, C. Tompkins, D. Force, S. Clark, and D. Roberts, 2000. “Animal Interaction Programs,” Busch Entertainment Corporation. Abstracts, 28th International Conference, International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 22-28 October 2000, 28:16.

 

Surovik, L. P., C. T. Lacinak, C. D. Tompkins, M. R. Scarpuzzi, J. S. Mairot, J. Andrews, and T. R. Robeck, 2001. Training techniques utilized in the first successful artificial insemination of a cetacean. Abstract, Proceedings, 29th Annual Conference, International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Albuquerque, NM, 28 Oct-2 Nov 2001., 29:19.

 

Millwood, A., MacPhee, M., 2002 “Creating an Effective Integration Plan for New Animal Trainers,” non-published.

 

Kuczaj, S., Lacinak, C.T., Fad, O., Trone, M., Solangi, M., Ramos, J., 2002 “Keeping Environmental Enrichment Enriching,” published in the International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 2002, 15, 127-137.

 

Lacinak, T., and S. Kaczaj, 2003 “When is Environmental Enrichment Most Effective?” Annual Conference Proceedings, The Animal Behavior Management Alliance, Tampa, FL.

 

Wagener, T., Bommarito, M., Millwood, A. 2003 “Enrichment and Animal Training Meet the Internet: Interactive Web-Based Resources for Animal Managers Around the World,” In Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference on Environmental Enrichment, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Lacinak, T. 2003 “Proactive Aggression Reduction in a Zoological Environment,” American Zoo and Aquarium Assoc.

 

Millwood, A., Evans, D. 2005 “Ridin The Storms Out,” In Proceedings of the 2005 Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Houston, Texas. Award Recipient: Animal Welfare Advancement Award.

 

Andrews, J., Boos, M., Fad, O., Lacinak, T., Young, G. 2005 “Elephant Management: Making the Change,” ABMA Conference, Houston, TX.

 

Millwood, A. 2005 “Little Time Expenditure, Big Time Success,” In Proceedings of the 2005 Reptile and Amphibian Training and Enrichment Conference, Orlando, Florida.

 

Lacinak,T., Tompkins, C., 2005 “Whale Done Approach, Keys to Animal Training/People Training,” AZA Annual Conference, Sept. 13-18.

 

Skurski, M., Millwood, A. 2006 “The Games People Play: Activity-Based Learning to Enhance Behavioral Husbanddry Skills,” In Proceedings of the 2006 Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, San Diego, California.

 

Millwood, A. 2007 “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” Oral Leadership Workshop, Annual Conference, Animal Behavior Management Alliance, Western Caribbean.

 

Yordi, R., Lacinak, T. 2007 “Training Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) as Conservation Ambassadors at BGW,” North American Wolf Conference.

 

Millwood, A., Lacinak, T. 2010 “Apex Predator Interaction: Behavioral Observations of In-Situ Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and Human Contact at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico,” In Proceedings of the 2010 Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 

Lacinak, T. 2010 “Safety and Responsibility in Zoological Environments,” In Proceedings of the 2010 International Marine Animal Trainers Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts. Award Recipient: Education & Conservation Award.

 

Andrews, J., Lacinak, T. 2010 “The Utilization of Operant Conditioning Techniques Developed by the Marine Mammal Industry to Enhance Terrestrial Animal Training Programs,” Oral Workshop, Annual Conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Millwood, A., Lacinak, T. 2011 “The Aversives Spectrum,” In Proceedings of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Denver, Colorado.

 

Lacinak, T., Fad, O., Priest, G., Menard, M., Barnhart, T. 2011 “Media, Ethics, & Teamwork Panel Discussion,” Oral Presentation/ Discussion at the Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Denver, Colorado. Award Recipient: IMATA Impact Award.

 

Millwood, A., Lacinak, T. 2011 “The Aversives Spectrum: What’s Acceptable,” Invited Seminar, Annual Conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Miami, Florida.

 

Lacinak, T., Millwood, A. 2012 “Bridging: Beyond the Basics,” Oral Presentation, Annual Conference of the European Association for Aquatic Mammals, Madrid, Spain.

 

Lacinak, Thad 2013 “Excellence in Animal Training: It’s All About the Details,” Keynote Presentation, First International Conference on Animal Training, Twycross Zoo, U.K.

 

Lacinak, T., Millwood, A. 2013 “Understanding Consequences,” Workshop, First International Conference on Animal Training, Twycross Zoo, U.K.

 

Camarena, C., Ibarra, L., Lacinak, T., Millwood, A. 2014 “Dolphinaris Dolphin Trainer Boot Camp,” Oral Presentation, Annual (Joint) Conference for the International Marine Animal Trainers Association & the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Orlando, Florida.

 

Marre, C., Mariscal, T., Lacinak, T., Millwood, A. 2014 “ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) in Life: Using Marine Mammal Training Principles to Modify Behavior in Other Animals and People,” Oral Presentation, Annual (Joint) Conference for the International Marine Animal Trainers Association & the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Orlando, Florida.

 

Lacinak, T., Millwood, A. 2014 “Animal Training Essential Skills,” Workshop, Second International Conference on Animal Training, Twycross Zoo, U.K.