A Happy Healthy Parrot in an Ever-Changing Life

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A Happy Healthy Parrot in an Ever-Changing Life

  1. 1. A Happy Healthy Parrot in an ever-changing life
  2. 3. <ul><li>How high does your relationship fly? </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Trust = Communication (and communication is training) </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>And you think parrots have an attitude… </li></ul>
  5. 6. Why are Parrots Given Up? <ul><li>Inability to Encourage and Maintain Good Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Life changes </li></ul>
  6. 7. Change- The American Way <ul><li>MORE JOB CHANGES </li></ul><ul><li>Before 1960 most people had 3 to 4 jobs in their lifetime </li></ul><ul><li>Today the average baby boomer held 10.5 jobs from the age of 18-40 </li></ul>
  7. 8. Change- The American Way <ul><li>More Changes in Family Arrangement </li></ul><ul><li>Marriage rate has fallen 30% since 1970 </li></ul><ul><li>Divorce Rate has increase 40% </li></ul>
  8. 9. Another Reason They are Given Up? <ul><li>Parrots Aren’t Domestic </li></ul>
  9. 10. Reasons to have a well-behaved Parrot <ul><li>Your parrot </li></ul><ul><li>Your roommates </li></ul><ul><li>Your neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>Your heirs </li></ul><ul><li>Your parrot’s unforeseen future </li></ul>
  10. 11. What We Need to Succeed <ul><li>An Understanding of Natural History </li></ul><ul><li>An understanding of Body Language </li></ul><ul><li>A relationship based on Positive Reinforcement </li></ul>
  11. 12. BODY LANGUAGE <ul><li>Eyes (shape) </li></ul><ul><li>Pupils (pinning?) </li></ul><ul><li>Wing Positioning (tight to body - flapping) </li></ul><ul><li>Body Feathers (slick, puffed) </li></ul><ul><li>Head (lowered or upright) </li></ul><ul><li>Position (at the front of the cage or cowering in the back?) </li></ul>
  12. 17. Training isn’t “Making” <ul><li>Training is asking, encouraging, communicating. </li></ul>
  13. 18. Why Train Your Parrots? <ul><li>Training is the best way to have a two-way conversation with your parrot. </li></ul>
  14. 19. <ul><li>Training is the best way to avoid and manage </li></ul><ul><li>problem behavior . </li></ul>
  15. 20. FIGHTING COCKATOO
  16. 21. Aggression <ul><li>It’s not cute! </li></ul>
  17. 23. Some Helpful Behaviors <ul><li>Target Training </li></ul><ul><li>Stepping up </li></ul><ul><li>Crate Training </li></ul><ul><li>Bathing </li></ul><ul><li>Nail clipping </li></ul><ul><li>Toweling </li></ul>
  18. 24. The Five Worst Things to Teach Your Parrot… <ul><li>Cursing </li></ul><ul><li>Screaming </li></ul><ul><li>Biting </li></ul><ul><li>Aggression </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of Change </li></ul>
  19. 25. The Secret? <ul><li>The secret to a parrot that can weather life’s changes is the parrot’s owner and their willingness to </li></ul><ul><li>learn, apply, commit . </li></ul>

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