The author posits that the same thing applies to humans.Like it or not, people tend to repeat behavior that gets rewarded and abandon behaviors that do not.“I felt like I should throw him a mackerel,” she writes.
at the same time, i did learn (or reinforce things i had previously learned) about the similarity between animal training and people training.
so much of it is common sense but seemingly impossible to learn, ie.
Sutherland describes the training methods used in modern exotic animal training and applies them to her personal relationships with great success.
The methods described here are the modern, positive-only methods advocated by psychs such as BF Skinner- I have started moving towards this with my own kids with great success.
Sutherland wrote for the New York Times a couple years ago. One thing that progressive animal trainers focus on is that every interaction is training.
Which is to say, the way you respond to an animal in any situation teaches it something about how to behave - or how to get a desired reaction from you.
So we should at least try to be cognizant of which behaviors we're rewarding and try extra hard to reward the behaviors we like.
This book is a pretty quick read with some very good ideas.
I decided to take my entertainment into my own hands and listen to What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage by Amy Sutherland. Come to think of it, I was required to take psychology classes for my education degree that talked about B. Skinner's experiments, but no one gave such great examples of applying his conclusions to exotic animals or to the people around us.
The first bit was unconvincing, but the more I listened the more I decided it was fun and useful. And the young women at chu I decided to take my entertainment into my own hands and listen to What Shamu Taught me About Life, Love and Marriage by Amy Sutherland. It is making me seriously consider my children's behavior as well as my own. ) And how can I reward my nine year old for not pushing her brother into a tailspin when he has low blood sugar?