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.


  1. Animal Training: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, by Ken Ramirez (1999).
  2. Clicking With Birds: A Beginners Guide to Clicker Training Your Companion Parrot by Linda Morrow (available at http://www.avi-train.com/manual.html).
  3. Clicker Training with Birds, by Melinda Johnson.
  4. Culture Clash, by Jean Donaldson
  5. Do Animals Think?, by Clive D. L. Wynn
  6. Don’t Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training (revised edition), by Karen Pryor.
  7. First Course in Applied Behavior Analysis, by Paul Chance.
  8. For the Love of Greys, by Bobbi Brinker (available at http://www.parrottalk.com/bbbook.html).
  9. Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots! by Barbara Heidenreich.
  10. Here Kitty, Kitty, Catherine Crawmer on Training Cats, by Catherine Crawmer (available at http://www.cattrainingbook.com/).
  11. How Dogs Learn, by Mary Burch, Ph.D. & Jon S. Bailey, Ph.D.
  12. The Power of Positive Parenting A Positive Way to Raise Children, by Glen Latham.
  13. The Mismeasure of Man, by Stephen J. Gould.

For anyone wishing to read more about the concept of animal Welfare VS Animal Rights (see our previous post this morning), you may download a short article from our dropbox, shared with permission:

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For anyone wishing to read more about the concept of animal Welfare VS Animal Rights (see our previous post this morning), you may download a short article from our dropbox, shared with permission: 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tpufsnp1xkyrgms/Animal%20Welfare%20VS%20Animal%20Rights.docx?dl=0

Thoughts for a Sunday morning.
With much bird and animal tragedy in recent news stories, we often feel helpless about what can we do. How can we help? If we care about animals' welfare, how does that label us? Clarity on the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights is a good place to start. Understanding how we evaluate animals' care when we apply the Five Freedoms for TGF's flock is central to our approach to our birds' welfare. What do you think? Share your ideas and photos with us about what these concepts mean to you. webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121010012427/http://www.fawc.org.uk/freedoms.htm
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Thoughts for a Sunday morning.
With much bird and animal tragedy in recent news stories, we often feel helpless about what can we do. How can we help? If we care about animals welfare, how does that label us? Clarity on the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights is a good place to start.  Understanding how we evaluate animals care when we apply the Five Freedoms for TGFs flock is central to our approach to our birds welfare. What do you think? Share your ideas and photos with us about what these concepts mean to you. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121010012427/http://www.fawc.org.uk/freedoms.htm