Meet the Instructors


Affiliation: Dolphin Discovery

Publications: Wood, Shelley. (2006). ABC of Animal Training. ABC Training Systems, Cancun, Mexico. Unlock the power of positive reinforcement with this comprehensive, entertaining and easy-to-understand video guide for training animals using Operant Conditioning techniques.

Shelley Wood

instructor Bio

Shelley is the owner of ABC Training Systems a company dedicated to producing educational material about the humane training of animals. She is the author of ABC of Animal Training.

Shelley has been training dolphin, sea lions, and other animals since 1990. In 1994 she moved to Cancun Mexico where she played an intricate role in the development and opening of Dolphin Discovery. Her career with Dolphin Discovery has seen Shelley evolve from hands on animal trainer to her current position as Corporate Trainer Educator (CTE) for all Dolphin Discovery facilities. As CTE she is responsible for the development of curricula, courses, and guidelines used in Dolphin Discovery's continuing trainer education program.

In 1986 Shelley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.

Shelley is currently serving as an officer on the Board of Directors of the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association (IMATA) since 2008.