helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comTraining TidbitHORMONESMany parrot owners struggle with a large array of behaviour issues in their bird. But what is the cause? Is it due to “hormones”? Or is it more than that? Let’s talk about hormones, and their impact on parrot behaviour.I don’t often talk about hormones as a behaviour problem because it is so often… Read More »Hormones
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Safe Cleaning Products For Parrot Owners
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comSafe Cleaning ProductsSafe Cleaning Products for Parrot OwnersA Guide to Keeping Your Home Clean and Your Feathered Friend HealthyAs a parrot owner, you want to provide your feathered friend with a safe and healthy living environment. One important aspect of this is using safe cleaning products in your home. Birds are particularly vulnerable to the… Read More »Safe Cleaning Products For Parrot Owners
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Halloween Safety
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comHalloween Safety TipsHalloween safety is about keeping your bird comfortable, so they aren’t afraid of all the visiting ghost and ghoulies! It’s a fun time of year for humans, but maybe not for your bird. Use your ‘body language observation’ skills to see if your bird is comfortable!Foot StanceWide feet – ready for something to… Read More »Halloween Safety
Top 5 hormone triggers
Hormone Triggers
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comHormone TriggersDoes your bird struggle with their hormones? Does it seem like you're always dealing with hormonal behaviour?Use this list to help reduce the overall hormone load for your bird! Hormones In Pet ParrotsEach and every parrot who is mature has hormones in their body. We only start to notice them when there are problem… Read More »Hormone Triggers
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Four Dish Foraging
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comFour Dish ForagingDoes your bird ignore foraging toys? It’s quite common forour companion birds to value our companionship more than the toys hanging intheir cage. It’s our job to help our birds live full and complete lives, andthat includes foraging for their food. The starting point for most birds is wherever they currently are.If your… Read More »Four Dish Foraging
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My Bird Can’t Do That
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comMy Bird Can't Do ThatWhen you see a bird who is doing amazing tricks, advanced skills, or simple step ups, you might thing “my bird can’t do that!” It’s a common complaint! You’re right, your bird can’t do that! We are all at different places in our journeys with our parrots. Living with parrots and… Read More »My Bird Can’t Do That
Getting The Right Treat
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comNot All Reinforcers Are Created EqualJust the Right TreatMy bird doesn't like treats!My bird doesn’t like treats! They just aren’t food motivated. When I offer them a sunflower, they run away. My bird loves me but doesn’t really like any treats!Now is the time to look deeperSit with a note pad and write down everything… Read More »Getting The Right Treat
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helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comHow Do I get My BirdTo Like MeHonow do I get my parrot to like me? Thisis a great question, and a perfect way to start your life together. Start bybuilding trust! Before you teach ‘step up’ or any other skill, start with buildingtrust. But how do you do that?The Bird We wantGoing to sleep… Read More »Choice
A green and yellow parrot sit on a hand with some millet
5 Common Mistakes
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.com5 Common MistakesEveryone should be aware that parrots are difficult to keep in our homes. It is MANDATORY that you enrich their lives, through toys, foraging, social interaction, variety and training. Start by training simple behaviours using positive reinforcement. It is the most effective, least intrusive form of training available. Studies have shown that animals… Read More »5 Common Mistakes
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Five Freedoms
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comFive FreedomsTraining is a part of bird keeping that is getting more and more attention. Training, and especially positive reinforcement training, is supposed to enrich our birds’ lives, stimulate them mentally, and provide additional outlets for energy. I really love talking about training. Every bird can do some! The Five Freedoms are part of good… Read More »Five Freedoms
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Toys Are Not Enough!
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comToys are not enough!Toys are an essential addition to any pet bird’s environment. You can hang toys in their cage, and toys from their play gym. But does that mean you can relax and take the rest of the week off?The term “enrichment” means “the action of improving or enhancing the quality or value of… Read More »Toys Are Not Enough!
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Life With Birds Video
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comLife With BirdsPlease enjoy this video from River Cha - http://www.riverc.netShe has put together an incredible snapshot of living with birds, and why we do the training.Featuring: Quentin CAG, Monster and Lou CockatielsThis 4 minute video details the goals of Parrot SOS - then still called Calgary Bird School. Take a journey through the amazing lives… Read More »Life With Birds Video
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Selecting A Reinforcer
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comA reinforcer is something your bird likes. It is technically “something added to the situation to increase the probability of that behaviour happening again”. A reinforcer is something your bird wants and is willing to put in some effort to obtain. Birds have likes and dislikes.Make a list of the top 10 foods your bird… Read More »Selecting A Reinforcer
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Re-homing Isn’t A Bad Word
helpme@parrotsos.comparrotsos.comRe-homing: The agonising decision to give up your bird. The option to re-home your bird isn’t taken lightly (by most). I’m not talking about the haphazard “I don’t want him anymore” end of the spectrum: I’m talking about the hard working people. I’m talking about the shame, the guilt, the fear, and especially the judgement… Read More »Re-homing Isn’t A Bad Word

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