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Choice How 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… Read More »Choice
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5 Common Mistakes 5 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… Read More »5 Common Mistakes
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Five Freedoms Five 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… Read More »Five Freedoms
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Toys Are Not Enough! Toys 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… Read More »Toys Are Not Enough!
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Life With Birds Video Life 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… Read More »Life With Birds Video
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Selecting A Reinforcer A 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… Read More »Selecting A Reinforcer
A grey parrot hangs from a white rope
Re-homing Isn’t A Bad Word Re-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… Read More »Re-homing Isn’t A Bad Word

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