LLP & BAS Suggested Reading List
I often hear the comment that there are too few resources besides popular magazines to help us live and learn with parrots. It’s not so! But you do need to know where to look and you do need to be a good generalizer of information across different disciplines. Below are some of my favorite resources – by no means an exhaustive list. Read smart. Be skeptical. Look for data and grounding in the science of behavior. Common sense and cultural knowledge are not enough to be an expert about learning and behavior.
The books are listed in alphabetical order. If you can only read one book, do start with Karen Pryor’s Don’t Shoot the Dog. It will provide the foundation that will make all the other readings more meaningful and improve your ability to critique the plausibility of other experts. All of these books are available through Amazon.com except where otherwise noted.
- Animal Training: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, by Ken Ramirez (1999).
- Clicking With Birds: A Beginners Guide to Clicker Training Your Companion Parrot by Linda Morrow (available at http://www.avi-train.com/manual.html).
- Clicker Training with Birds, by Melinda Johnson.
- Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson
- Do Animals Think?, by Clive D. L. Wynn
- Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training (revised edition), by Karen Pryor.
- First Course in Applied Behavior Analysis, by Paul Chance.
- For the Love of Greys, by Bobbi Brinker (available at http://www.parrottalk.com/bbbook.html).
- Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots! by Barbara Heidenreich.
- Here Kitty, Kitty, Catherine Crawmer on Training Cats, by Catherine Crawmer (available at http://www.cattrainingbook.com/).
- How Dogs Learn, by Mary Burch, Ph.D. & Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D.
- The Power of Positive Parenting A Positive Way to Raise Children, by Glen Latham.
- The Mismeasure of Man, by Stephen J. Gould.