Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D.

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.

Susan is a steadfast proponent of changing behavior through facilitation rather than force. These tools of facilitation focus on animals’ extraordinary biologic capacity to learn by interacting with their environment. By changing the environment for success, animals learn to behave successfully. These principles and methods comprise her course, Living and Learning with Parrots: The Fundamental Principles of Behavior, which she teaches several times a year in workshops and on the internet.

Susan is the first author on two recently completed chapters on learning and behavior for two new avian veterinary texts (in press), and enjoys contributing to and learning from several internet lists on parrot behavior. She is a core member of the California Condor Recovery Team and takes every opportunity to work with companion animal caregivers, veterinarians, animal trainers and zookeepers to empower and enrich the lives of all learners.


Positive reinforcement is a family affair. The two articles below were authored by Susan’s young daughters and offer some unique insights about a caregiver’s responsibilities to her parrots. Enjoy!


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1 day ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Adoptions are a family affair! When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely. So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend. Well, she chose *two* new friends: female doves Aiden and Everest. Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves. ... See MoreSee Less

Adoptions are a family affair!  When Pam lost one of her doves, she astutely realized that the surviving dove was lonely.  So, when Pam came to adopt a dove, we asked her to bring her surviving dove so that she could choose her own new friend.  Well, she chose *two* new friends:  female doves Aiden and Everest.  Pam also also brought along her four granddaughters, who, when they left, were busy cooking up some fancy new names for their two new doves.

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This makes me so happy- the doves and pigeons get their day sometimes!

Now that's a real success story!

thanks for giving these birds a good home and a BIG HUG to all of you that loved and cared for them!!!

that is very sweet!

Super!

Cute

This makes me very happy. I saw those doves while out at the aviary two weeks ago and I wanted to bring them all home. They aren't as fancy as the hookbills and they don't talk, but they bring a peaceful message.....

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3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Who does it better? Parrot or Rihanna? 😂

The Sun Video
Parrot or Rhianna? Who do you prefer?
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The birdie not only sounds better, she looks better too 😉

Parrot, of course, and that's not because I don't like Rihanna 🙂

Parrot........lost interest in her after she let Chris Brown knock her around and she kept going back for more.

I can't hear it very well but I would naturally vote parrot because I love them.

Wings, er Hands down, the Parrot of course!

Parrot who needs toys and entertainment

Parrot!

the parrot of course smile

The amazon such a great parrot

Perrot of course!

A parrot of course. ...

The parrot.

Parrot

Parrot

PARROT!

The parrot

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4 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

It's time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.
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Its time for another game! Test your Macaw knowledge and see if you can name all six Macaw species pictured below.

Update: Answers can now be found in the description of each picture.

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I'll play when you get something besides hybrids.

I missed the Capri. Thanks - I learned something!

Am I getting graded?

Don't have a clue but they are stunning birds!

They are such a beautiful bird, just love them.

they are all so pretty!

Need the answer key!

Lovely!!

I only see one breed! The... Pretty birb!!!!

Anne Tocknell some beautiful macaws here 😊

opws ?

Catalina

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