Training & Understanding Your Parrot
We work with some of the most knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to understanding your parrot’s behavior. This allows us to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques in training both animals and humans to better co-exist.
Susan G. Friedman
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., is currently a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. A Behaviorist for more than 25 years, her area of expertise is learning and behavior with a special emphasis on children’s behavior disorders. In the last several years, Susan has helped pioneer efforts to apply to animals the humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, which has been so effective with human learners. The guiding principle of this approach is a hierarchy of teaching interventions starting with the most positive, least intrusive, effective behavior solutions.
Visit Dr. Friedman’s new website: www.behaviorworks.org.
For information on Dr. Friedman’s Written Works: http://www.behaviorworks.org/htm/articles_behavior_change.html
She owns and operates a company, Good Bird, Inc., that provides behavior and training products to the companion parrot community. These products include Good Bird Magazine, books, videos, and training/behavior workshops. Barbara has provided behavior workshops and/or animal training presentations at the Association of Avian Veterinarians conference, The American Federation of Aviculture conference, The International Parrot Conference at Loro Parque, Parrot Festival, The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators conference, American Association of Zoo Keepers conference, Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference, The Parrot Society of Australia conference and many more. She is the past president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (www.IAATE.org) and has been on the Board of Directors since 1997. Her expertise has been utilized by the US Dept. of Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous international professional organizations. In the past 4 years she has met and trained over 600 parrots at her workshops.
She is the author of “Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavior Problems in Companion Parrots” by Avian Publications and also “The Parrot Problem Solver. Finding Solutions to Aggressive Behavior” by TFH Publications. She is also the producer of the Good Bird Parrot Behavior and Training DVD series.
Barbara’s experience also includes consulting on animal training in zoos and other animal related facilities. She has been a part of the development and production of more than 15 different free flight education programs. Barbara continues to provide consulting services to zoos, nature centers and other animal facilities through her other company Animal Training and Consulting Services. In her career she has trained animals, trained staff, and/or presented shows at facilities around the world.
Visit Good Bird, Inc. for information and articles about everything psittacine.
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
“If we TRULY believe our captive-raised hookbills are important to world parrot conservation, we must work ceaselessly to ensure that these same psittacines retain as much of their wild instinctual behavior as is possible,” affirms avicultural writer and hobby breeder EB Cravens, from his small organic farm on the slopes of the Big Island Hawaii.
“Our goal is to birth and raise only a few baby parrots who know that they are parrots, but choose to befriend humans, because humans are nice to them… feed them… and are fun to be with!”
EB has bred, trained, raised, kept and rehabilitated more than 75 species of psittacines during the past twenty plus years both at his home and while managing the notable exotic bird shoppe, Feathered Friends of Santa Fe, New Mexico. His emphasis on natural environments for birds, the urging of babies to fully fledge during the extended weaning process, and the leaving of chicks for many weeks inside the nest box with their parents in order that they may learn the many intangibles of their species, have succeeded in changing for the better the lives of so many captive parrots.
A science writer by training, he was for years a regular contributor for AFA’s Watchbird Magazine and the Companion Parrot Quarterly. EB currently writes a monthly column entitled “The Complete Psittacine” in PARROTS Magazine out of England; and another, “The Hookbill Hobbyist” down under in the well-regarded Australian Birdkeeper. His monthly series of articles “Birdkeeping Naturally,” is sent out to bird clubs and individuals around the U.S., and is now finishing up its tenth year of publication.
“As devastating pressures continue upon avian species in the wilds,” he says, “it is critical that those keeping birds in captivity do so with responsibility and foresight.”
Read Birdkeeping Naturally articles by EB:
- Another Trip To Our Local Adoption/Rehab Facility June ’08 (.doc)
- What Then Must We Do…? Part 2 July ’08 (.doc)
- The Real Rap On Sunflower Seeds October ’08 (.doc)
- Results of Stealing Chicks Early November ’08 (.doc)
- Let Parrot Grow Up Before Another December ’08 (.doc)
- Posterior-Ulterior, Gastro-Intestinal White Cockatoo Syndrome February ’09 (.doc)
- Messed Up Male Psittacines March ’09 (.doc)
- Okay, So Which Parrot is the Messiest? April ’09 (.doc)
- And so it begins… May ’09 (.doc)
- I Have Outgrown the Way You Are Keeping Me August ’09 (.doc)
- Feed Twice a Day September ’09 (.doc)
- Are You Using a Guide Bird January ’10 (.doc)
- Selected Shorts February ’10 (.doc)
- Ever Watched a Baby Learn March ’10 (.doc)
- Should We Stop Breeding Birds April ’10 (.doc)
- Learning from Spring Babies May ’10 (.doc)
- Wingquips July ’10 (.doc)
- Don’t Be Attached to Pet Species August ’10 (.doc)
- A Bird Guarantee January ’11 (.doc)
- BN Dec ’12-Favorite Items
- BN May ’13-Once a Grey
Deb White is a long time friend of The Gabriel Foundation. Her superb line of bird toys, Super Bird Creations, are sold at The Birdbrain.
Deb’s website, www.avianenrichment.com, is a wonderful resource, featuring articles and information for parrot owners and enthusiasts everywhere.
Shauna Roberts sits on the Board of Directors at The Gabriel Foundation. She plays an active role in many of our programs when she is not busy caring for her own flock of fifteen! Cockatoos are definitely Shauna’s area of expertise – and we count on her for advice on this complicated species.
Check out some of the articles that Shauna has written for TGF:
- Have You Learned the ABC’s (.pdf)
- Cockatoo Romance or Aggression (.pdf)
- Cuddling Cockatoos (.pdf)
- Dog Did It OR Blame the Parrot (.pdf)
- Emergency Preparedness (.pdf)
- Foraging for Food (.pdf)
- Mackie the Miracle Umbrella Cockatoo (.pdf)
- Mash 101
- Punishment (.pdf)
- Thinking Outside the Box (.pdf)
- Too Little of This or Too Much of That (.pdf)
- Sprouting for Nutrition (.doc)
Shauna also runs some of TGF’s online groups. Have a look and stay for a chat:
The Gabriel Foundation Chat