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 3 of our discussion with Karen London on her new book. Here, she considers why people find the idea of using positive-reinforcement techniques with their personal relationships so intriguing, and how those techniques play out in her own family life.

Bark: In her 2006 essay in the New York Times, “What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage,” Amy Sutherland considered a similar synergy between positive reinforcement and relationships. It reportedly was one of the NYT’s most emailed…

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