Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Personal Bird, Achilles!

Achilles is my female Lutino Cockateil Nymphicus Hollandicus and is currently about 3.5 years old. I adopted her with no name and knew she was a female before I gave her such a masculine name. I did this because it just fit her story so perfectly, because of her "Achilles's Heel" that put her up for adoption...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What's an Aversive?

For those of you who have read blogs addressing animal training you may have run across the word "aversive." When I first came across this word my eyes became glazed over with extra water produced by my tear glands in an attempt to continue reading the article without actually knowing what I was reading about.

But I was wasting my tears! An aversive isn't a very complicated thing and by the end of this post you will have no trouble explaining what an aversive is and how to spot one.

An Aversive is a term extracted from a field of science called Behavior Modification (also known as Applied Behavior Analysis). Like a specialized hummingbird flitting from flower to flower in Martha Stuart's Vineyard, you are getting just a taste of nectar from a single petunia within the field of behavior modification.