What Shamu Taught Me about Life, Love, and Marriage: Lessons for People from Animals and Their Trainers

By Amy Sutherland
Read by Hillary Huber

5.52 Hours 12/27/2007 unabridged
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While observing exotic animal trainers for her acclaimed book Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, journalist Amy Sutherland had an epiphany: What if she used these training techniques with the human animals in her own life? The next time her husband stomped through the house in search of his mislaid car keys, she asked herself, “What would a dolphin trainer do?” The answer was: nothing. Trainers reward the behavior they want and, just as important, ignore the behavior they don’t. As she put more training principles into action, she noticed that she became more optimistic and less judgmental and that their marriage improved. What started as a goofy experiment had such good results that Sutherland began using these training techniques with all the people in her life, with great results.

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Summary

Summary

An Audie Award Finalist

While observing exotic animal trainers for her acclaimed book Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched, journalist Amy Sutherland had an epiphany: What if she used these training techniques with the human animals in her own life?

The next time her husband stomped through the house in search of his mislaid car keys, she asked herself, “What would a dolphin trainer do?” The answer was: nothing. Trainers reward the behavior they want and, just as important, ignore the behavior they don’t. As she put more training principles into action, she noticed that she became more optimistic and less judgmental and that their marriage improved.

What started as a goofy experiment had such good results that Sutherland began using these training techniques with all the people in her life, with great results.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hilarious and persuasive.” Good Housekeeping
“Playful, passionate, and practical.” Redbook
“Sutherland’s a smart, engaging writer, and her stories about the hows and whys of exotic animal training are fun and fascinating.” Boston Sunday Globe
“In the little, private zoo known as marriage, it helps to remind yourself that you and your partner are just two bipedal primates trying to get along in intimate co-habitation.” Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Invaluable…It succeeds nicely as an animal-training guide, and amusingly as a relationship book.” Buffalo News
“Wise and pragmatic advice…The thing I love most about this book is that every other paragraph, Sutherland’s terrific wordsmithing, compelling logic, and anecdotes about exotic animals make me feel like she’s tossed me a biscuit.” Martha Beck, author of Steering by Starlight and columnist for O: The Oprah Magazine 
“With one of the most mature and appealing voice personalities on audio, Hillary Huber adds credibility to a lesson that might come across as less than substantial without her.” AudioFile
“This engaging, often humorous, insightful book belongs in all public and academic libraries’ self-help, psychology, and animal behavior collections.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Amy Sutherland

Amy Sutherland is also the author of Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched and Cookoff. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and divides her time between Boston and Portland, Maine.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.52
Audience: Adult
Language: English