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

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    Amy Sutherland(Author)
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–namely her dear husband, Scott? In this lively and perceptive book, Sutherland tells how she took the trainers’ lessons home.

The next time her forgetful 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. Rather than appease her mate’s rising temper by joining in the search, or fuel his temper by nagging him to keep better track of his things in the first place, Sutherland kept her mouth shut and her eyes on the dishes she was washing. In short order, Scott found his keys and regained his cool. “I felt like I should throw him a mackerel,” she writes. In time, as she put more training principles into action, she noticed that she became more optimistic and less judgmental, and their twelve-year marriage was better than ever.

What started as a goofy experiment had such good results that Sutherland began using the training techniques with all the people in her life, including her mother, her friends, her students, even the clerk at the post office. In the end, the biggest lesson she learned is that the only animal you can truly change is yourself.

Full of fun facts, fascinating insights, hilarious anecdotes, and practical tips, What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love, and Marriage describesSutherland’s Alice-in-Wonderland experience of stumbling into a world where cheetahs walk nicely on leashes and elephants paint with watercolors, and of leaving a new, improved Homo sapiens.

"Playful, passionate, and practical.""-Redbook" "A compelling argument for using techniques from animal trainers to help change bad habits and improve relationships.""-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "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" "Part self-help guide, part animal psychology textbook and part memoir . . . Sutherland has a breezy style.""-The New York Times Book Review" "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.""-The Globe and Mail" "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" "Hilarious and persuasive."-Good Housekeeping "Invaluable . . . It succeeds nicely as an animal-training guide, and amusingly as a relationship book.""-Buffalo News""Playful, passionate, and practical."--"Redbook""A compelling argument for using techniques from animal trainers to help change bad habits and improve relationships."--"Atlanta Journal-Constitution""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""Part self-help guide, part animal psychology textbook and part memoir . . . Sutherland has a breezy style."--"New York Times Book Review""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""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 ""Hilarious and persuasive."--Good Housekeeping"Invaluable . . . It succeeds nicely as an animal-training guide, and amusingly as a relationship book."--"Buffalo News ""Playful, passionate, and practical."--"Redbook" "A compelling argument for using techniques from animal trainers to help change bad habits and improve relationships."--"Atlanta Journal-Constitution" "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" "Part self-help guide, part animal psychology textbook and part memoir . . . Sutherland has a breezy style."--"New York Times Book Review" "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" "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 " "Hilarious and persuasive."--Good Housekeeping "Invaluable . . . It succeeds nicely as an animal-training guide, and amusingly as a relationship book."--"Buffalo News "Playful, passionate, and practical. "Redbook"A compelling argument for using techniques from animal trainers to help change bad habits and improve relationships. "Atlanta Journal-Constitution"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"Part self-help guide, part animal psychology textbook and part memoir . . . Sutherland has a breezy style. "New York Times Book Review"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"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 "Hilarious and persuasive. Good HousekeepingInvaluable . . . It succeeds nicely as an animal-training guide, and amusingly as a relationship book. "Buffalo News ""Playful, passionate, and practical. RedbookA compelling argument for using techniques from animal trainers to help change bad habits and improve relationships. Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionSutherland s a smart, engaging writer, and her stories about the hows and whys of exotic animal training are fun and fascinating. Boston Sunday GlobePart self-help guide, part animal psychology textbook and part memoir . . . Sutherland has a breezy style. New York Times Book ReviewIn 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 MailWise 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 MagazineHilarious and persuasive. Good HousekeepingInvaluable . . . It succeeds nicely as an animal-training guide, and amusingly as a relationship book. Buffalo News ""Playful, passionate, and practical."--Redbook "A compelling argument for using techniques from animal trainers to help change bad habits and improve relationships."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution "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 "Part self-help guide, part animal psychology textbook and part memoir . . . Sutherland has a breezy style."--New York Times Book Review "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 "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"Hilarious and persuasive."--Good Housekeeping "Invaluable . . . It succeeds nicely as an animal-training guide, and amusingly as a relationship book."--Buffalo News -Playful, passionate, and practical.---Redbook -A compelling argument for using techniques from animal trainers to help change bad habits and improve relationships.---Atlanta Journal-Constitution -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 -Part self-help guide, part animal psychology textbook and part memoir . . . Sutherland has a breezy style.---New York Times Book Review -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 -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-Hilarious and persuasive.---Good Housekeeping -Invaluable . . . It succeeds nicely as an animal-training guide, and amusingly as a relationship book.---Buffalo News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • PDF | 168 pages
  • Amy Sutherland(Author)
  • Random House (NY) (26 Feb. 2008)
  • English
  • 7
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
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  • By spirithorse on 21 January 2015

    Love this book, well written and concepts applicable to many situations, despite the rather odd cover picture . .

  • By v fessey on 11 September 2013

    A very easy read, once started I had difficulty putting it down. It is a very entertaining book, mixing information with anecdote with humour. The cover does not do the book justice and, I feel, is misleading. Growing from a report about animal training, particularly around Shamu the killer whale, the reader gains insight into the whys and wherefores of animal training and how to use the strategies in our own lives (specifically on our family and friends), with entertaining examples taken from the authors own life.Recommended to me by a colleague from Finland I have subsequently bought copies for friends as presents.

  • By Skippy on 6 October 2012

    I read this book because I had read a newspaper article about the writer's experience with animal training. But to be honest I found as much out from the article as I did from the book. After getting the main premise - animal training techniques can be used on humans - it seems to me rather repetitive.

  • By ANA SANDOR on 29 October 2015

    Amazing book and I recommend it to all women its the book you have been missing from your shelve.

  • By ellison on 15 April 2016

    Wife complains that her husband will not do anything/everything she asks so she delves into the insight she learned from animal trainers. Occasionally insightful but I also felt creepy listening to how trainers make animals do things they would not normally do. Feels like the author wrote this to learn these things herself and brings the reader along in case they need this help. Occasional insight and humor.

  • By chill_roll on 13 July 2015

    yet again, a sweet book, but did not work with my ex..

  • By MegaTechGuy on 7 March 2013

    Just imagine if this was the other way round, about controlling women with manipulation in the same way she's doing with men. The book would have been banned, fact!Ps: Her husband cheated on her..... Hahahahahaha (She used sex-manipulation, he went for a younger version which didn't.)She had a good husband and they were equals, but she wanted more! (crazy)

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