Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots!
by Barbara Heidenreich
Published by Avian
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.
Training is a form of teaching. The companion parrot
learns when the trainer positively reinforces (or rewards) each
small step the subject takes towards the desired behavior. Using
the principles described in training, it becomes easy to teach birds
what is the desired response. The beauty of training using positive
reinforcement is that it works! In this book the author prepares
the trainer in the first chapter. She then describes some typical
problem behavior scenarios experienced by companion parrot owners.
She then provides an explanation as to why the behavior may be occurring
and offers a step-by-step explanation of how to address the problem
behavior using training techniques based on positive reinforcement.
Barbara Heidenreich has been a professional in the
field of animal behavior since 1990. After receiving her Bachelor
of Science degree in Zoology she began her career teaching birds
to present natural behaviors in zoos. In her fourteen years of working
for various zoos, companies, and as an independent consultant, Barbara
has been involved in the production of over fifteen different free
flight bird presentations. Currently the President Elect of the
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators she is
now a private animal training consultant working with zoological
parks, nature centers, and the companion parrot community. Barbara
hopes everyone can experience that truly rewarding relationship
that can happen when animals are trained using positive reinforcement.
Item Number: 920
Pages: 80 pp.
Illustrations: Black/white photos
Size: 6" x 9"