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Why Do Parrots Need UV Light?

UV light is so important to the health and wellbeing of your Parrot. Read on to learn why UVA and UVB light is recommended, how they help and the effects if birds don’t get enough UV light This is why Parrots Need UV Light… During the summer months your Parrot will have been outside more, […]

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Barbara behaviour training

“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. […]

Animals bluff

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 […]

Difficult behaviours

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 […]

New year training ideas

10 Ideas For The New Year of Training

Barbara Heidenreich has new year training ideas for you. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everybody does the health and fitness resolution for the New Year. But animal people are different, aren’t we? Why break tradition now? How about some New Year’s resolution ideas that will benefit you and the animals in your life?   Here are 10 ideas […]

Scale training

Scale Training Your Parrot By Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara Heidenreich explains how to do scale training.  Ideally, you want to weigh your bird about once a week. This will give you a very good idea of what is normal for your Parrot. If your bird loses or gains a lot of weight this can be a signal to you that something may be […]

Kakapo training

Why Train Kakapo? Parrot Conservation

Barbara Heidenreich tells us why you should train Kakapo. Conservation projects are all about saving wild birds, the emphasis of course being on the word “wild.” Training Training tends to conjure up images of pet birds and cute tricks and seems on the surface quite contradictory to keeping birds wild. However conservation involves more than […]


The Impact of Early Learning Experiences on Kakapo

Barbara Heidenreich looks at the early learning experiences of kakapo.  Kakapo training Our last night of kakapo training was quite exciting. A three year old bird who had been hand raised several years ago had discovered a way to enter the large enclosure where the chicks are housed as they prepare for release into the […]

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Parrot Training Challenges – Training Kakapo Chicks

One of the cornerstones of animal training is to set your environment so that it is easy for your Parrot to do what you want. This often means arranging your props just right, having a stash of the perfect training treats and making the set up comfortable for both you and your bird.   As I […]

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The Parrot Training Diet? by Barbara Heidenreich

I decided to write about this topic because people who have signed up for my mailing list automatically get sent a series of three video clips in which I demonstrate how I trained my Amazon Parrot to let me trim his nails. Some of the questions I keep getting are “What are you feeding him that he like so […]

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Easy Parrot Training – Capture a Behaviour by Barbara Heidenreich

If I had the chance I would love to train a Palm Cockatoo to present this behaviour on cue. To train a behaviour like this we use a process called capturing. And it is very much like it sounds. We try to catch the animal in the act of doing what it is we want and […]

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How to Touch a Parrot by Barbara Heidenreich

Isn’t it fun to pet your dog or your cat? Most of our pets usually liked to be stroked from the top of their heads down towards their tails. Have you ever tried that with a Parrot? If you have, you may have noticed the experience was not quite the same. Your dog or cat […]

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Tips to Get Started Training Your Parrot by Barbara Heidenreich

Are you looking forward to training your Parrot? It can be a lot of fun for you and your bird as long as you are prepared. Before you have your first training session here are a few tips to help make sure you have a great session. 1. Pick a location to train. Training is fun if […]