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The Essential Cockatoo by Laurie Baker & Stuart Borden - This fun, informative, and practical book will help you select, train, and nurture your Cockatoo. In full-color throughout, chapters include Choosing, Bringing Home, Understanding Your Companion, Nurturing, Training, and Health Care. Author Laurie Baker, a companion bird breeder and behaviorist, is a life member of the American Association of Aviculture and owner of Feathered Follies Bird Shop in California. She spares no punches about the hard work and diligence required in some areas of keeping these magnificent species.

The Essential Cockatoo

by Laurie Baker & Stuart Borden

Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots! by Barbara Heidenreich - A professional in animal behavior has created an easy-to-read step-by-step guide that uses positive reinforcement for teaching your parrot acceptable behavior. This book will help you deal with screaming, biting, feather-picking, bonding, and other difficult parrot behaviors. Chapters include Preparing the Companion Parrot Owner, Screaming, Biting, Bonding to One Person, Cage Bound Bird, and Feather Picking.

Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots!

by Barbara Heidenreich

The Complete Pet Bird Owner's Handbook (Revised Edition) by Dr. Gary A. Gallerstein - Covers all aspects of pet bird ownership, including selection, nutrition, behavior, home physicals, emergency medical care, preventative medicine, and much more. Presented in seventeen chapters, this book provides guidance on getting started, achieving optimum health, and understanding what your bird needs from you for a happy, healthy life. Includes an index of health and illness signs, general index, bibliography of additional resources, and superb photos and illustrations to support the detailed text. You will consider this book to be the most essential reference in your avian library, a constant source of reliable advice, assistance, and assurance for your bird's well-being.

The Complete Pet Bird Owner's Handbook (Revised Edition)

by Dr. Gary A. Gallerstein

 

Bird Behavior & Training Books & DVDs

This is our selection of books and DVDs about the behavior and training of parrots and other birds. If you don't see the Bird Behavior & Training book or video you're looking for, or if you have a question about one of our Bird Behavior & Training titles, please contact us. For information on shipping methods and rates, payment options, information privacy, and shopping cart security, please visit our How to Order page.

 

African Grey Kit: Complete Guide to African Grey Parrots by Pamela Hutchinson, Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot (Third Edition) by Mattie Sue Athan, and Train Your Parrot to Talk by Barbara Heidenreich

African Grey Kit

Complete Guide to African Grey Parrots

by Pamela Hutchinson

Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot (Third Edition)

by Mattie Sue Athan

Train Your Parrot to Talk DVD NEW

by Barbara Heidenreich

Regular Price: $54.85
Kit Price for All Three: $40.00

 

The Basics of Parrot Training: A Live Workshop by Barbara Heidenreich - Everything you wanted to know to help you get started training your parrot is captured in this video of one of Barbara Heidenreich's world-renowned Parrot Training Workshops. Barbara is famous for her entertaining and enthusiastic presentation style. But her true gift is her kind and gentle approach to animal training. You will learn how to train your parrot, read his/her body language, solve behavior problems, and watch Barbara demonstrate these techniques with parrots she is meeting for the first time. Most of all you will learn how to have a great relationship with your bird based on trust. Discover how these training methods can help you have a fun, well-behaved, and interactive companion parrot.

The Basics of Parrot Training: A Live Workshop DVD NEW

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $39.95

Bird Sitter by Steve Hartman & Steve Cantin - Birds normally frequently communicate with the flock because they are constantly socializing and looking for predators. Just think about all the bird chatter you can constantly hear in your backyard. Birds' brains are designed for constant communication -- something humans are not able to supply. This DVD will give your pet bird the opportunity to experience life in a flock, the way parrots were meant to live. The video exposes then to the sights and sounds of hundreds of parrots engaging in everyday life in a flock, giving your bird constant mental stimulus and making him or her happier and healthier. Now your bird will never have to be home alone! The Bird Sitter video also works great for helping escaped parrots find their way home.

Bird Sitter DVD

by Steve Hartman & Steve Cantin

Price: $14.95

Bunny Training 101 by Barbara Heidenreich - Did you know that rabbits can be trained to do amazing things? These smart and engaging companion animals are often underestimated. In her DVD Bunny Training 101, professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich shows you how to train your rabbit. You will learn basic principles of animal training and how to use them to teach your bunny to be fun, interactive, trusting, and well-behaved. This comprehensive resource includes detailed instructions to help you get started training your rabbit with positive reinforcement. This kind and gentle approach will help foster a wonderful bond between you and your bunny. You will be amazed at the things you can teach your rabbit to do, including run an agility course!

Bunny Training 101 DVD NEW

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $21.95

Captive Foraging: The Next Best Thing to Being Free by Dr. M. Scott Echols - This innovative DVD is destined to change the way caretakers view their captive birds. Based on the model of the natural foraging instinct of all animals, author and videographer Dr. M. Scott Echols introduces the concept of including a foraging tree in a bird's enclosure for environmental enrichment. The video describes how a foraging tree can potentially reduce the incidence of unwanted behaviors in captive birds. Also included are step-by-step directions on how to use a foraging tree as well as safe foraging toys for birds. A separate Special Feature details scientific information about the bird species included in the program. Topics covered include understanding the natural foraging instinct of all animals; preventing unwanted behaviors, such as feather destruction and repetitive functionless activity; build a foraging tree for captive birds; and creating foraging toys -- from basic to advanced -- to keep birds occupied and happy. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to qualified avian research projects selected by the author.

Captive Foraging: The Next Best Thing to Being Free DVD

by Dr. M. Scott Echols

Price: $24.95

The Click That Does The Trick by Robin Deutsch - If you think your parrot can't shoot a basket or bowl a strike, think again! Using the information in this book, you'll be able to train your bird to perform over 30 entertaining tricks, including shooting a basket, bowling, roller-skating, waving, and more. Training your bird is not only entertaining, but it actually helps build a better relationship between the two of you. You'll spend more time together and come to know and trust each other…and you will both have fun! Training your bird reduces boredom and increases mental and physical activity. Author Robin Deutsch, a professional bird trainer, guides you through all the steps to train each trick. Her introductory chapters on bird behavior and basic training concepts lay the groundwork for training your bird to perform complex tricks, and she offers simple directions for building props.

The Click That Does The Trick

by Robin Deutsch

Price: $14.95

Cockatoo Kit: The Essential Cockatoo by Laurie Baker & Stuart Borden, Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot (Third Edition) by Mattie Sue Athan, and Parrot Behavior & Training (Series Part 1) by Barbara Heidenreich - We have designed this Cockatoo Kit to provide maximum care information at a reasonable price. Buy both books and the DVD set for $40.00 (regularly $59.85)! That's a savings of 33%!

Cockatoo Kit

The Essential Cockatoo

by Laurie Baker & Stuart Borden

Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot (Third Edition)

by Mattie Sue Athan

Parrot Behavior & Training (Series Part 1) DVD

by Barbara Heidenreich

Regular Price: $59.85
Kit Price for All Three: $40.00

 

Get Your Bird Back!: What to Do When A Parrot is Lost by Barbara Heidenreich & Robin Shewokis - There are few things more heartbreaking than when a beloved parrot accidentally escapes. Barbara Heidenreich and Robin Shewokis were inspired to make this DVD by the thousands of pleas from parrot owners desperately seeking help to recapture a lost bird. This DVD features detailed instructions to help you get your lost parrot back, as well as useful tools such as lost bird flyers, lists of people to contact and a variety of parrot calls. This DVD is a must for any parrot owner. Be prepared. Learn in advance how to prevent the heartache so many have experienced when a parrot is lost. You can get your bird back and this DVD can help.

Get Your Bird Back!: What to Do When A Parrot is Lost DVD

by Barbara Heidenreich & Robin Shewokis

Price: $21.95

Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots! by Barbara Heidenreich - A professional in animal behavior has created an easy-to-read step-by-step guide that uses positive reinforcement for teaching your parrot acceptable behavior. This book will help you deal with screaming, biting, feather-picking, bonding, and other difficult parrot behaviors. Chapters include Preparing the Companion Parrot Owner, Screaming, Biting, Bonding to One Person, Cage Bound Bird, and Feather Picking.

Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots!

by Barbara Heidenreich

Regular Price: $15.00

Good Bird!: Guía para solucionar los problemas de comportamiento de tu loro by Barbara Heidenreich - Barbara Heindenreich, es una reconocida zoóloga especializada en conducta animal y con este libro enseña como conseguir que la convivencia con nuestros loros sea de mejor calidad. Por primera vez, de una forma amena pero seria, nos enseña a entender el lenguaje corporal de nuestro loro, educarlo y solucionar los problemas derivados de la mala conducta. A lo largo de su lectura veremos como gritos, picotazos, celos, miedos y auto lesiones son tratados seriamente indicando la fórmula para atajarlos.

Good Bird!: Guía para solucionar los problemas de comportamiento de tu loro

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $25.00

Хорошая Птица! Гид для Решения Проблем поведения в Сопутствующих Попугаях! by Barbara Heidenreich - A professional in animal behavior has created an easy-to-read step-by-step guide that uses positive reinforcement for teaching your parrot acceptable behavior. This book will help you deal with screaming, biting, feather-picking, bonding, and other difficult parrot behaviors. Chapters include Preparing the Companion Parrot Owner, Screaming, Biting, Bonding to One Person, Cage Bound Bird, and Feather Picking.

Хорошая Птица! Гид для Решения Проблем поведения в Сопутствующих Попугаях!

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $25.00

Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot (Third Edition) by Mattie Sue Athan - This expanded third edition of the classic parrot training book explains parrot psychology and discusses the ways in which parrot owners can apply it to solve behavior problems. The author cites the most common problems — screaming, biting, and feather-chewing — and tells how to remedy them. She also stresses the need for periodic reinforcement of desirable parrot behavior traits and advises on many aspects of good parrot care, including proper nutrition and providing the bird with steady companionship. The text is complemented with many attractive and instructive color photos and line art.

Guide to a Well-Behaved Parrot (Third Edition)

by Mattie Sue Athan

Price: $12.95

Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior (Second Edition) by Mattie Sue Athan - This revised and updated book offers a wealth of advice on such topics as choosing between a young parrot and an older bird, selecting and training a talking parrot, modifying some of a companion bird's behavior traits and reinforcing positive behavior changes, keeping the bird groomed and away from household safety hazards, coping with screaming or feather chewing, and virtually all other aspects of care. The author concludes by recounting several amusing anecdotes about companion parrots and their various owners.

Guide to Companion Parrot Behavior (Second Edition) NEW

by Mattie Sue Athan

Price: $15.00

This book is an easy-to-follow guide for anyone thinking about purchasing a baby budgie, taming it to be at home when out of its cage, and teaching it to be an excellent talker. Writing from first-hand personal experience, the author's affection for his pet budgie Lucky is clearly visible. This is the only publication that goes into detail on how to bond with and gain the trust of your bird from day one, the security precautions needed around the home for a pet budgie that looks forward to coming out of its cage to fly around for exercise and play, and the special technique of how to teach it to be an excellent talker. Lucky doesn't just say a word here or there but phrases in crystal clear English. This kind of talking can only come about by having a fully bonded bird that flies to and clearly wants to be with its owner. This is exactly what this book will help the reader achieve.

How to Care for & Tame Your Budgerigar (Second Edition)

by Gil Solomon

Price: $8.95

The Loving Care of Pet Parrots by Rosemary Low - Rosemary Low, parrot expert and author of over twenty books on aviculture, has written this book with the emphasis on loving care. She encourages owners of all kinds of parrots-from the smallest lovebird to the largest macaw-to obtain a better understanding of these wonderful creatures with whom they share their lives. Topics covered include choosing an appropriate species, living with a parrot, weaning and feeding, toys and amusement, dealing with biting and feather plucking, mimicry, and more.

The Loving Care of Pet Parrots

by Rosemary Low

Price: $12.95

Manual of Parrot Behavior by Andrew Luescher - Psittacines are maintained in captivity as pets, in the home, as breeding birds in aviculture, in zoos, and in conservation projects. Because of their intelligence, playfulness, and ability in mimicry, psittacines are the most widely kept companion birds. In the wild, these birds are normally social, living with others. In captivity most are kept in a cage without other birds. The advantage of caging psittacines is that they are more likely to become tame and develop their powers of mimicry. The disadvantage, however, is that in this environment, psittacines develop behavior problems that can take many forms, including biting, screeching, and self-mutilation. It is estimated that more than half of the cases presented to clinicians in companion psittacine practice are the result of behavioral problems — problems inherent to the caged psittacine. Bringing together a host of international experts on avian behavior, Andrew Leuscher explores the many facets of psittacine behavior — both normal and abnormal — and offers useful techniques of diagnosis and treatment for clinicians who see birds in practice. Species covered include Macaws, Amazon Parrots, African Grey Parrots, Cockatiels, Budgerigars, and Cockatoos. This authoritative reference — the first of its kind — is a necessary addition to the library of any practitioner who sees avian companion animals.

Manual of Parrot Behavior

by Andrew Luescher

Price: $90.00

Parrot Behavior & Training (Series Part 1) by Barbara Heidenreich - Animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich teaches behavior basics and tools for training your bird. Chapters include Reinforcement, Tools, Cue and Target Bridging, Sharing with Approximation, Variable Reinforcement, Training Examples, Target Training, Turn Around on Cue, Wave on Cue, Step Up on Cue, and Retrieve.

Parrot Behavior & Training (Series Part 1) DVD

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $21.95

A Parrot for Life: Raising and Training the Perfect Parrot Companion by Rebecca K. O'Connor - This useful book covers a variety of important topics like housing, nutrition, health care, training, and travel. It also provides insightful discussion on keeping a parrot healthy and content throughout an owner's life changes, such as marriage, moving, and adopting other pets. Written by an experienced parrot keeper, falconer, and bird trainer, the author imparts her knowledge of training, behavior, and care in a fun and lively style. The vivid drawings by April Chmura help illustrate key points throughout the book.

A Parrot for Life: Raising and Training the Perfect Parrot Companion

by Rebecca K. O'Connor

Price: $18.95

The Parrot Problem Solver: Finding Solutions to Aggressive Behavior by Barbara Heidenreich - When not properly trained and socialized, parrots are prone to developing a number of behavioral problems, including aggression and self-mutilation. Many owners face these problems and need guidance on solving them. This book will help you turn your pugilist parrot into a feathered friend. It provides the tools and advice you need to prevent and solve aggression problems in your pet bird. With the easy-to-follow training techniques, you can say goodbye to biting, screaming, lunging, and other not-so-friendly behaviors and build a warmer and more loving relationship with your companion parrot. Some of the topics include: Wild bird behavior and how it affects the bird/owner relationship; the best and worst ways to modify pet bird behavior; understanding bird body language; and sidebars on the myths and misconceptions of keeping pet parrots.

The Parrot Problem Solver: Finding Solutions to Aggressive Behavior

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $16.95

Parrots: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual by Mattie Sue Athan - Well-known parrot expert, Mattie Sue Athan, instructs on all aspects of bird care, as well as on behavior problems and ways to solve them. Includes information on parrot species, life cycles, behavior patterns, housing, feeding, health care, grooming, vocal and body language, and appreciating and enjoying your parrot.

Parrots: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual

by Mattie Sue Athan

Price: $8.95

Parrots for Dummies by Nikki Moustaki - Thinking about getting a parrot? This friendly guide offers expert advice on everything from taming to nutrition, health care, and parrot safety. You'll see how to keep your feathered friend comfortable and entertained -- and you'll better understand the hows and whys of your parrot's instincts and behavior. Discover how to select a healthy parrot, choose proper housing, teach your parrot to talk, correct behavior problems, and keep multiple parrots.

Parrots for Dummies

by Nikki Moustaki

Price: $16.95

Parrot Training: A Guide to Taming and Gentling Your Avian Companion by Bonnie Munro Doane - This definitive guide discusses the reasons for training a parrot, how an owner's behavior influences training results, working with baby birds and weanlings, three basic obedience skills, and training techniques for adult parrots. You will also find chapters on potty training, speech training, trick training, and some valuable insights on fun and games with your parrot to help you fully enjoy your relationship.

Parrot Training: A Guide to Taming and Gentling Your Avian Companion

by Bonnie Munro Doane

Price: $18.95

Parrot Tricks: Teaching Parrots with Positive Reinforcement by Tani Robar & Diane Grindol - By nature, parrots are inquisitive, intelligent, and social animals who love attention, communication, and socialization. You can capitalize on these characteristics and obedience train your bird, teaching him/her behaviors that will make your lives more enjoyable, such as stepping on your hand or wrist on command, and going to a designated perch. Then you can progress to teach your parrot all kinds of tricks.  From the essential basics of obedience training to awesome tricks that will amuse and amaze your friends, this book covers techniques to use during the "get acquainted" period; setting up a training area and using food as a training tool; training basics such as targeting, luring, and using cues; necessary obedience skills such as step up, come, perch, and stay; the basic retrieve command, the foundation of many tricks; simple tricks such as shake hands, high five, kiss, and take a bow; tricks based on the retrieve command, including basketball, ring on the peg, and stacking cups; advanced tricks such as pulling a wagon, pushing a grocery cart, raising a flag, and riding a skateboard; innovative tricks that showcase your bird's natural abilities; chaining tricks, such as recycling and going to the mailbox; verbalizations and talking using the Rival/Model Method or the Positive Reward Method; and directions for making simple props. With this book, patience, and practice, you'll build your understanding of and relationship with your bird as you build a repertoire of tricks. You can get your parrot to jump through hoops for you — literally!

Parrot Tricks: Teaching Parrots with Positive Reinforcement

by Tani Robar & Diane Grindol

Price: $20.00

The Second-hand Parror by Mattie Sue Athan & Dianalee Deter - Previously owned parrots can make wonderful companions, but they sometimes require humane behavior correction. Two expert parrot owners point out the pros and cons of adopting a bird that has had a previous owner. Topics include availability, selection, potential behavior problems, housing feeding, health care, grooming, socialization, acclimating, accommodating, modifying unwanted behaviors, and step-by-step instructions for everyday care. Clear, straightforward text comes with high-quality, full-color photos and anatomically accurate line art, as well as helpful tables and charts.

The Second-hand Parrot

by Mattie Sue Athan & Dianalee Deter

Price: $7.95

Teaching Your Bird to Talk by Diane Grindol & Tom Roudybush - Teaching a bird to talk isn't as difficult as it may seem. In this easy-to-follow guide, avian experts Diane Grindol & Tom Roudybush reveal how you can communicate with your parrot far beyond hello, and understand what your bird is trying to communicate to you. This book compiles an impressive amount of background, training, and research regarding bird vocalizations, walking you step by step through the behavioral mechanics of training parrots to talk (as well as starlings, mynahs, and other birds). Whether you want your bird to mimic words, talk on cue, or have some understanding of what you are saying, this guide shows you the type of training you need to do with your bird. The book also takes a close look at the work of Dr. Irene Pepperberg.

Teaching Your Bird to Talk

by Diane Grindol & Tom Roudybush

Price: $20.00

Training Your Parrot for the Veterinary Exam (Series Part 2) by Barbara Heidenreich - Positive reinforcement training is a kind and gentle method you can use to teach your parrot to cooperate in his or her own medical care. In this DVD, professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich shows you how to train your parrot to step onto a scale, step up onto new people, voluntarily enter and exit a kennel, allow restraint in a towel, allow a tactile exam, allow nail trimming and feather trimming, and more. Step-by-step detailed instructions are provided with a variety of parrot species.

Training Your Parrot for the Veterinary Exam (Series Part 2) DVD

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $21.95

Train Your Parrot to Talk by Barbara Heidenreich - In this DVD, professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich teaches you how to train a parrot to talk. She addresses common myths about talking parrots, which birds make ideal candidates for talking,  the most effective ways to expose your parrot to sounds you want repeated, proven methods for encouraging your parrot to vocalize, and most importantly, how to train your parrot to talk on cue. Also included is an appearance by Einstein, the Talking Texan Parrot, plus an interview with her human companions. A bonus CD ROM includes recordings of a variety of species of parrots vocalizing to inspire your bird to talk.

Train Your Parrot to Talk DVD NEW

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $21.95

Understanding Parrot Body Language by Barbara Heidenreich - Reading you bird's body language is one of the most important skills you can learn to help you build a relationship with your parrot based on trust. It is how your parrot communicates. In this DVD, professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich guides you through the process of looking at a combination of body parts and what they are doing under different circumstances to give you an idea of just what might be going on in those very special bird brains.

Understanding Parrot Body Language

by Barbara Heidenreich

Price: $19.95

Why Does My Bird Do That? A Guide to Parrot Behavior (Second Edition) by Julie Rach Mancini - This extensively updated edition of the popular guide to parrot behavior focuses on today's domestic-bred birds. Not only will you learn why your bird does some strange things, you'll also discover positive techniques you can use to modify those behaviors. You'll get the latest information on: Normal behavior in young, mature, and senior parrots; species-specific behavior of African greys, Amazons, cockatiels, cockatoos, conures, eclectus parrots, and parakeets (budgies); behaviors that indicate illness, stress, or boredom; and caring for, training, and disciplining your bird. You'll learn why your bird does strange things and discover positive techniques for modifying those behaviors. You'll get information on training and caring for your bird, normal behavior, and species-specific behavior. So don't let your feathers get ruffled by a headstrong, beakstrong bird. With this book, you'll learn how to develop a mutually rewarding relationship with your bird that will last for many years.

Why Does My Bird Do That? A Guide to Parrot Behavior (Second Edition)

by Julie Rach Mancini

Price: $21.95

 

 

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