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Training & Behaviour


Help, My Parrot Laid An Egg

Barbara Heidenreich explains what to do if your Parrot lays eggs. A veterinarian once said to me there are two times in a bird’s life when it looks like it is dying. When it is dying and when it is laying an egg. It is no wonder I sometimes get emails from panicked Parrot owners when […]

Enrichment Or How to Keep Your Parrot Happy

Dot Schwarz explains how to give your Parrot enrichment in her blog.  For loads of enriching toys for your bird please click here.  Toys and enrichment Why make or purchase toys for Parrots? It is sadly not unheard of to see a bird in a small cage get one single perch and maybe one swing or toy. The owner […]

How to Teach Your Parrot To Step Up

Dot Schwarz explains how to teach your Parrot to step up. Can any bird learn to step up onto a hand or a stick? I believe that she can. And until your bird has a reliable step up, it is much harder for bird and carer to live harmoniously.     Too many birds are […]

How To Address Fear In Parrots

Here is how to address fear in Parrots.  Example Have you ever been really scared? Perhaps it was a moment when you did not have control. For example as a passenger on a turbulent plane ride, or you realized someone was targeting you to pick your pocket, or you were stuck in a big crowd […]

New Year’s Resolutions For Animal Trainers

Barbara Heidenreich has some new year’s resolutions for you.  I had a lot of fun coming up with ideas for last year. Here are ten new resolutions for 2016.  1. Learn a new term.  There really truly is always something new to learn.  You may finally know the difference between negative reinforcement and positive punishment. Perhaps […]

Overcoming Fear Responses. Two Tools Every Animal Trainer Needs

Barbara Heidenreich has advice on managing fear responses. Positive reinforcement When it comes to animal training you often hear people sing the praises of positive reinforcement. Me too! I love it.   But there are two other tools that I can’t live without, systematic desensitization and classical conditioning. Try saying those three times fast! They […]

Barbara Heidenreich’s Secrets to An Awesome Training Session

Here is Barbara’s tips for an awesome training session with your Parrot.  I had one of those training sessions the other day. You know the kind, the ones that stay in your mind because you just felt so great afterwards.  This particular training session was at a zoo, one of my regular contracts. When I […]

“Yeah, But”…What Not to Say During Parrot Behaviour Training

Here is what not to say during behaviour training.  Have you ever found yourself saying these words when someone gives you advice?  You probably have. We all have! Haven’t we? I am guilty of it too. But now I try really hard to catch myself if I feel those words creeping out. Here is why. […]

Do Animals Bluff?

Barbara Heidenreich explains how and why animals bluff.  Have you ever thought about the word bluffing? Some synonyms are conning, tricking and faking. When people use the word bluffing in regard to animals it is usually associated with aggressive behaviour such biting or lunging. In other words they are suggesting animals are faking it or […]

Tips for Training Difficult Behaviours…Like Nail Trimming

Barbara Heidenreich has advice on managing difficult behaviours.  “Go Slow to Get There Fast” is a phrase you will hear me say over and over at my Parrot training workshops. It’s quirky, ironic, a little ambiguous ……..and it works to help caregivers achieve amazing behaviours. So what exactly does this catchy little phrase mean?  Some may interpret it […]