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.
Part 2 of our discussion with Karen London on her new book, in which she shares her thoughts on consistency and how understanding dogs has helped her understand people.
Bark: In your book, you note the importance of consistency. What do you see as some of the barriers to that, and how do you feel they’re best overcome, or at least, offset?
Karen London: Being consistent is one of those things that’s so simple in theory but so challenging in practice. Because something is simple certainly…