Sunday, April 10, 2016

How to safely hand food to a bitey parrot

Just wanted to share a short "How To" video if you want to train a bite prone parrot, without getting bit. In my consultation services I am often given the challenge to help people build relationships with birds that don't fully trust people. Before training the bird to do anything the human caretaker needs assistance, and sometimes confidence building. In this video Christy shows the exact way to hand a parrot something without taking the risk of being bit. Way to go Christy!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Best Enrichment Toy!

If you have not heard of Lara Joseph she is a behavior an enrichment specialist located in Ohio. She recently challenged her followers to submit enrichment ideas to win a pre-recorded webinar from her website. Being that I recently moved from the bright and sunny state of Florida to PA, I had conveniently forgotten what snow was, until today. 

After a blissfully snow absent November, December, and half way through January, today is the day the heavens have chosen to open up and unleash god's snow binging session. I am currently looking out my back window to a pile of snow no less than five feet in height. Yes it has engulfed the car and it is still snowing.

So with nothing better to do I decided to put forth a little effort and record Titan's reaction to snow enrichment! Enjoy my entry!

@thepetscopetv @larajoseph ‪#‎BestEnrichmentToy‬ Titan the Florida born parrotlet gets snow! By offering a temperature and shape changing foraging toy Titan will practice his ground foraging skills at a slightly higher level of difficulty. This helps keep our animals used to change and better adapt to life.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Making Adoptable Birds Class of 2015

Becoming a World Renowned Animal Trainer: Step 1 complete. 

I have infiltrated a group of exotic bird enthusiasts calling themselves the Florida Parrot Rescue. I have spent many years gaining their trust by volunteering and being a foster home for wayward parrots. And now I have reached the rank of "Coordinator" or more specifically "Behavior Educator Coordinator" to further penetrate my training ideals into their court. 

Let's be serious for a minute. Last weekend I was given the amazing opportunity to fly back to Florida to take a break from the chill up in PA and teach the Making Adoptable Birds Class at the amazing store Everything Birds in Oldsmar. What a weekend it was!

I'm not going to go into much detail of the entire trip but there were highs and lows, mostly highs consisting of stellar reviews from the audience. While the lows were about the stress of setting up equipment for the class. Through it all I had tremendous support from all of the other lovey volunteers from FPR (especially the lady sitting next to me at the table, she was a ROCKSTAR!)

Part of the class went to Applebees for our lunch hour.
Filling the minds of the audience with the power of behavior science! Yeah! Don't be fooled, it was a full house.
This little guy came all the way from Alabama to attend! 
Recapping what happened after playing The Training Game.
We played 3 rounds of The Training Game so the audience can gain some empathy and understand what it's like on the other side of the clicker! Participants were only allowed to use body language as a way to communicate. It turned out to be very funny!

Spent the next day with a BFF!
And of course if you're spending the weekend in your old town hanging with friends is mandatory. We planned on a trip to the beach in the morning and ended up sleeping in. Then it was a spur of the moment art show and lunch at the cinemas with the brother. Let's hope I'll be back next year!