learning how to train for improved behavior, flight and enrichment

Before investing time or money in training materials, learn to discriminate what is high quality and what is not. Poor training can be worse than no training. The first two articles are by the past president and president-elect of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators; the last are my own observations on freeflight training advice:

Good Bird Inc
Barbara Heidenreich’s site has a wealth of information, books and videos on positive reinforcement training for companion parrots, especially those with problem behaviors. Barbara has worked extensively with zoos and free-flight programs and is the past president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.

Dr. Susan Friedman: Articles on Bird Behavior and Operant Conditioning
Using principles of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement to train and solve behavior problems. These are the same ideas behind everything from working with autistic children, to dealing with delinquency and addiction, to developing effective advertising.

Sid Price’s Training Blog
An interactive blog for questions and answers about bird training by Sid Price of Avian Ambassadors, and the president-elect of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.

Don’t Shoot the Dog
By Karen Pryor. Essentials of understanding and applying positive reinforcement training, for any species (even human!) Highly recommended.

Clicker Training for Birds
By Melinda Johnson. How to use positive reinforcement methods for training and enrichment. Highly recommended.

Natural Encounters Training Library
Excellent articles by bird trainer Steve Martin and others at NEI on a wide variety of avian training topics.

Food Management & Training: The Mouse Went Down the Hole
Detailed article by Cassie Malina from Natural Encounters about use of food and weight management. Includes a good example of a daily weight and training log.

Strong Foundations & Adjustments: Keys to Training Success
Sid Price article on consistency in training, while recall training a Pied Crow.
Susan Friedman’s groundbreaking Applied Behavior Analysis for companion parrots can help with strategies to solve problem behavior. Mini-lesson series introduces the concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis with examples from the world of companion parrots. Check for seminars near you.

Karen Pryor’s Clicker Training Library
A large library of articles on using positive reinforcement training, with birds and many other animals.