The skill set of ideas, techniques and strategies used by positive-reinforcement dog trainers is widely applicable to other situations and can easily be used to influence the behavior of many other species (including humans). In her new book, Treat Everyone Like a Dog, Karen B. London, PhD, delves into the ways these skills can be deployed to make life easier for everyone—dogs and people alike.

In Part 1, she shares some of the book’s backstory as well as why it’s helpful to substitute kindness for criticism.

Bark: What made you decide to write this book, and who do you think could benefit from reading it?

Karen London: Over the nearly 25 years I have been working as a dog trainer and canine behaviorist, I have increasingly incorporated what I do as a professional into situations outside of work. As a social species, we humans are naturally interested in influencing the behavior…

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