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#232929 - 04/22/11 06:49 PM ABA  
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I am a new cockatoo owner, M2 to be exact I have 8 other parrots as well. I am very interested in learning more about this, mostly to work with my rescued M2 but to also help me understand how to have a healthy and satisfied relationship with all my birds. I have googled it and found many sites but is there a separate book for dealing with parrots?

Thanks Jaime

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I haven't come across any book that is ABA-parrot specific. The concepts are the same, no matter what type of animal (including humans!) you're talking about.

The book recommended here in a different thread is called "Understanding Applied Behavior Analysis" by Albert Kearney. When I read it, I would think of examples in my head as to how it might apply to one of my birds.

If you're really interested, you can sign up for an online class: http://www.behaviorworks.org/htm/comp_professional_overview.html but it says the typical wait time to start is 18 months due to demand. Not sure if that estimate is still accurate.

On the website I linked to above, there are some draft chapters and you may find some additional helpful information if you click around.

#232935 - 04/22/11 07:52 PM Re: ABA [Re: Beeps]  
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"The Parrot Problem Solver" by Barbara Heidenreich is an excellent book.


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Thanks. I have one other question regarding books. Is the book "Guide to well-behaved parrot" still a useful tool. I have read it and some of the things seem to apply but to me it feels kind of outdated. I do have a clicker and the book which I will begin to use once I have read the book thoroughly and feel that I can do it effectively.

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Originally Posted By: Lilbiker
Thanks. I have one other question regarding books. Is the book "Guide to well-behaved parrot" still a useful tool. I have read it and some of the things seem to apply but to me it feels kind of outdated. I do have a clicker and the book which I will begin to use once I have read the book thoroughly and feel that I can do it effectively.


I have not read the book you mention, so can't help you there, but had to comment on your clicker comment.

I clicker train my birds. I look at it as a way that all of us (my birds and me) can have fun. While I agree that you need to understand the basics, don't worry about doing everything *perfectly*. I've made tons of mistakes, and have gotten better. I found that it really all clicked (ha!) in my head once I started working with my birds. As the book recommends, I started with my easiest, most forgiving bird first.

Of course, if you were training them to do shows or expected to make a living at this, my advice would be different! But just keep it in mind that it's supposed to be fun and if you do something wrong, no big deal.

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Originally Posted By: Lilbiker
Thanks. I have one other question regarding books. Is the book "Guide to well-behaved parrot" still a useful tool. I have read it and some of the things seem to apply but to me it feels kind of outdated.


I enjoy everything Mattie Sue Athan has written...she has been a behavior consultant for decades now. Another good book on parrot behavior I recommend is "Breaking Bad Habits in Parrots"by Greg Glendell. The title of the book is a bit misleading - it isn't about just solving problem behaviors.


Birds are angels who lift us up when our own wings forget how to fly.

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#232993 - 04/23/11 08:48 PM Re: ABA [Re: EchosMom]  
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The estimate wait time for the class is still accurate. I am supposed to start in Jan. 2012, I signed up about 4 or 5 months ago. I heard it was worth the wait!

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The Living and Learning Parrots course is invaluable!!


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