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What Shamu Taught Me about Life, Love, and Marriage Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Amy Sutherland; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Laureen Miki seattle, wa 10-18-16
    Laureen Miki seattle, wa 10-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Easy and helpful"

    Very enjoyable book. Easy to get through quickly and to pick up some helpful tips that you can use right away. Oh, and you'll also learn some fascinating things about exotic animal behavior.
    The author has a great sense of humor and I felt that on more than a few occasions this wasn't captured by the way the narrator read at all. Still worth the listen though.

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    Alanna 08-18-16
    Alanna 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Every human should read this book!"

    I wonderful way to learn how to better live in this world with a little more joy spread through progressive training

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    Amazon Customer 05-21-16 Member Since 2015

    Hi! I'm Matt and i'm a Psychology student who is a huge fan of audible which allows me to multi-task along with daydreaming or envisioning.

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    "Quick and witty"

    I enjoyed this quick and witty book about animal training in comparison to humans. Amy's knowledge and experience helped to reflect upon my own life. Along with positive and negative reinforcements being very effective in communicating with animals and humans. Also helping us to habituate those meticulous pet peeves.

    I would recommend reading this book. The only reason I read it was for extra credit and actually learned some food for thought.

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    Phaedra Wilkinson Chicago, IL 04-14-15
    Phaedra Wilkinson Chicago, IL 04-14-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great read"

    A good book was led to it primarily by the New York Times article but thoroughly enjoyed the read lots of takeaways that apply to life in general did not care particularly for the narrator on this audible I thought she had a very deadpan delivery style that I did not care for at times but thoroughly enjoyed the book

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