We’ve had a lot of fun training our parrots for the Ringling Circus shows. Out of the 9 birds we brought along with us on the road, we have 5 currently in the show as of dress rehearsals on December 20th. Our goal is to be able to have all the birds do the show, so that they get plenty of days off! This way we can rotate who does which show.
The first birds we implemented into the show were our camelot macaws. We chose them for the opening ...
I was talking to a lady at work who was telling me that she was beginning to train her new Boston terrier puppy. I asked her how she intended to train it: “Oh, definitely with positive reinforcement, I would never punish a dog!” As she continued to talk, I realized that she took punishment to be the opposite of positive reinforcement. A lot of people make this same mistake.
The misconception seems to come from the words positive and negative and people’s misunderstanding of the word reinforcement.