Training is a form of teaching. The subject learns when the trainer positively reinforces or rewards each small step the subject takes towards the desired behavior. In this book the author describes some typical problem behavior scenarios then offers a step-by-step explanation of how to address these problem behaviors using training techniques based on positive reinforcement. Chapters include Preparing the Companion Parrot Owner, Screaming, Biting, Bonding to One Person, Cage Bound Bird and Feather Picking.
There was a time when it simply did not occur to behaviorists to follow the newer ideals used with dogs and horses of "keeping it positive" when working with parrots. Parrots, which have long been considered ornaments and non-animals have actually proven themselves to be just as intelligent and interactive as a dog. (If not more so...my grey parrot often instructs the dogs on the dos and don'ts in my household.) If you don't believe the possibilities read about thefamous parrot Alex. … more