Man-Training Manual Finally Hits the Stores

Therapists call dog analogy cute but no marital cure-all
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2008 7:37 PM CST
Stimulus response can be exploited to ensure a happy marraige.    ((c) MNgilen)
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(Newser) – A woman who has long compared men to dogs has a book coming out and a movie in the works, all plugging the notion that men can be trained. But critics fear that What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage is another pop psych title that props up gender cliches, and therapists warn that Sutherland's notions are cute but no cure-all. "In small doses, it's a really good idea," one told Newsweek.

Amy Sutherland learned her tricks at animal-trainer school and applied them to her hubby, ignoring his key-hunting tantrums and coaxing him from the kitchen with chips and dip. "If people think I'm being conniving, I am," she admits. "But if men see it coming, they'll duck." He has finally caught on, she says, and now tries to "shamu" her at home.