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Monica

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Someone recently told me that there was only one trainer on the internet that had free training advice. This is, quite simply, false. This “trainer” they spoke of is an amateur that has taken advice from salesmen who market themselves as bird trainers. Not to say that they don't enjoy helping people connect, or even reconnect, with their birds, simply that they [the salesmen and amateur trainer] still have a lot to learn when it comes to animal behaviors and training.

In response, I put this list together that has a ton of resources for free information! And if you need more personal advice, you can set up a skype call, webinar or otherwise with some of these behaviorists and trainers for more one on one information!

This is *SOUND* advice from people who truly understand the science of behavior! :D I have also included some additional links with great advice!



Barbara Heidenreich
Parrot Digital Media | Online Parrot Media #8 Free! Definitely worth viewing!
Barbara's Force Free Animal Training Talk
Barbara Heidenreich - YouTube
Good Bird Inc - Barbara Heidenreich | Facebook
Barbara Heidenreich | Facebook
Barbara Heidenreich | Facebook


Susan Friedman
Written Works: Learning and Behavior - BehaviorWorks.com (explore other areas on the site,
too!)
Behavior Works | Facebook


Lara Joseph
Lara Joseph | An animal training, behavior, and enrichment specialist. (older - still amazing advice!)
Blog - The Animal Behavior Center (new!)
Lara Joseph - YouTube
The Animal Behavior Center, LLC | Facebook
Lara Joseph | Facebook


Hillary Hankey
Blog | Learning Parrots
LearningParrots | Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/hillary.hankey


Pamela Clark
Free resources/articles
Blog
Website
Pamela Clark | Facebook


Steve Martin
Companion Parrots | Natural Encounters, Inc.
Papers and Presentations | Natural Encounters, Inc.
Natural Encounters, Inc. | Facebook


Phoenix Landing/Jenny Drummey (recently discovered all this fantastic info!)
Articles
Videos
Phoenix Landing Blog – Helping Parrots (new blog for links that don't work from Project Parrot website)


The Bird School by Ann Castro
The Bird School for Parrots by Ann Castro | Welcome | Caring for Parrots | Parrot Behavior | The Bird School by Ann Castro
The Bird School by Ann Castro - YouTube
thebirdschool.com | Facebook


Stephanie Edlund
Articles – Understanding Parrots


World Parrot Trust
Ask an Expert | World Parrot Trust


Rebecca K. O’Connor
Heckled By ParrotsRebecca's Books & Articles - Heckled By Parrots


Vicki Aquino Ronchette
www.braveheartdogtraining.com
Braveheart Dog and Bird Training | Facebook
Vicki Aquino Ronchette | Facebook


Robin Cherkas
Living With Parrots Cage Free


Melanie Phung
Best in Flock - Parrot Blog | Updates and Musings About Life with Parrots




Although not about training animals, Temple Grandin has a great book about understanding
how animals think! Definitely worth a read if you want to better understand your companions! The book I’ve read is Animals in Translation.

Temple Grandin - Books and DVDs
 
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Great resources, thanks!
 

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Look no further.

That is sound advice. :hug8:
 

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Wonderful resources for anyone looking to understand their feathered friend or looking for help.
Nice work Monica
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Excellent post Monica! Thank you :)
 

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Would webinars from Barabara be worth buying? really interested...
 

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You should watch the free one.


I'd say yes, definitely they are! But watch the free one first so you get an idea of what they are like. It is in the very first link, #8! :)
 

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Thanks! Monica, these are great resources, thank you so much!
 

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Steve Martin...:batonthehead:

Thanks for the info!
 

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Oh my gosh, this is the best thread ever. Thanks so much all of you!
 

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With some help from Sarah (Thank you @Macawnutz ), I have expanded the list with some other great resources!!! :)
 

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This is great! I keep wanting to send links to other bird owners and have a nice list for myself as well. I love this list!
 

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Nice choices, Monica! I also agree with your reasons for not recommending the group you mentioned.
 

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Nice choices, Monica! I also agree with your reasons for not recommending the group you mentioned.
It seems it's been ages since you've been around! Good to see you again! :)
 

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I will definately be looking at these resources.
What about the BirdTricks YouTube channel?
 

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What about the BirdTricks YouTube channel?
Negative.

They have stolen information from other, well respected trainers and said it was their own. They take scientific terms and change the names of them so they can lie to you and tell you it's the industries best kept secrets. If you had the right terms, you'd know it's not a secret at all. They charge more for their information than what you'd pay from a well respected trainer. They are sales people, first and foremost. This doesn't mean that they don't enjoy helping people out with their problem parrots, just that I would not consider them to be on par with the trainers I have mentioned above. Heck, I've seen novices that have better understanding of training than BT does. They used to (don't know if they still do) recommend flooding techniques, starvation and other things that well respected trainers do not recommend.

I sincerely hope they continue to learn and improve.
 

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:angry101:Well, dang. I've been watching her videos and was enjoying them. I'm just going to have to rewind that, I guess. Currently reading "Sally Blanchard's Companion Parrot Handbook" and "The Perfectly Trained Parrot"-Rebecca K. O'Connor
Thanks for the heads up.
 
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