Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What Shamu Taught me About Life Love and Marriage

Amy Sutherland was a journalist who decided to write a book about animal training. She went to one of the only animal training schools in the country. She wrote a book about it called: Kicked, Bitten and Scratched: Life Lessons at the World's Premier School for Animal Trainers which I understand is an excellent book. She also wrote a tiny little article for the NY Times about using animal training techniques on her husband and friends and found the way to instant fame. Her article for the NYT was the most emailed article in 2006. Check it out.

This book is a longer length work based on the article. A lot of the information is intuitive, but when put in the perspective of training people, it sheds a whole new light on human relationships. One letter to the editor in the Times reminds readers that Sutherland did not really change her husband, she changed how she acted and reacted to her husband which in turn prompted new and better responses from him. This is a fascinating book, and my husband doesn't know it but I have started "shamuing" him. If you don't have time to read the book, at least read the article. People are, afterall, animals too.


Anonymous said...

I read and loved the article when it came out, so I'll have to check out the book. I haven't progressed very far in my spousal training, but then not a whole lot of training is really indicated. As Keith said tonight, all the husband has to do is listen to what he's told, after all, right?

Thanks for a lovely evening, MKP

Steph said...

I will look forward to reading this!

Steph said...

By the way, Fast Company magazine just had a write up about applying these concepts to one's boss.