Results of Desensitizing a Pet Parrot

Something I want to point out that I feel is really cool, is that I started intentionally working on teaching Morgan, a 7 year old camelot macaw, to be BRAVE through desensitization training.  Literally, I just posted about it in a previous blog post here.  The next thing that happened? Morgan got brave enough to not only make her first flight...
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How To Get Your Bird Past A Fear Of Objects: A Step By Step Guide

 Back some years ago after Linus first came to live with me it took me a while to get to know his likes and dislikes. I did a lot of experimenting with different toy types to determine what he liked to play with most. There were good choices and bad at first. Mostly, bad choices were toys that he was disinterested in, but there was one toy that he showed a genuine ...

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4 Big Ways I Desensitized My Cockatoo

Goffin Cockatoo

I really don’t like the word “desensitizing”, it sounds so…insensitive. It is an appropriate term, however, and sometimes necessary. If you’ve read some of my recent posts, you know that Theo, my goffins cockatoo,  is often overwhelmed by new things, sometimes by old things, and that I have been concerned about how she would handle the changes in Florida.  In no particular order, these are some of the bigger concerns I had and how she actually responded to them:

1) the chaos of packing up the house – didn’t ...

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