For years, going to the vet when my bird was sick was a completely stressful experience. Before I started to have an understanding of avian illnesses, and LONG before I found an avian vet (before I even knew they existed), the experience would leave me dazed and confused. This is not a good feeling when your bird is sick and in need.
Often a vet would take the time to eloquently explain the nature of the illnes and I would nod at him feeling certain that I had an understanding of what he was trying to tell me. Then something mystical would happen between the clinic door and my car – I would promptly forget everything I was told and only retain that I had to somehow medicate my bird twice a day, and something about an infection. Everything else was lost in the fog of my confusion.
I always wound up at home again feeling insecure about my ability to help my bird. It was so stressful and, thinking back, I wish I had thought to bring my heavy, oversized, 1980s style, video camera along with me. That way I would have the entire adventure recorded so that I could review the content and ease my mind when I was sure that I was going to kill my bird with my ineptness.
Today, I often recommend that those who have similar lapses following a vet visit break out their phones to record the important explanatory parts.
Many people find they have similar experiences when learning to train their parrots. Training is actually a very simple process. A child can do it – literally! Where people seem to face difficulties is typically in neglecting to apply the small details that make the experience clear to a parrot. It can mean the difference between success and failure:
- the importance of properly holding and directing the target stick
- the importance of consistency on the part of the owner
- the importance of the timing of the click and the delivery of the reward
- the importance of the training diet
All of these factors play a vital role in your success with training your bird. Did I mention that a child can do it?
The Womachs have produced a training series called One Day Miracles in which they went into the homes of 12 bird owners just like you who have birds with common behavioral issues just like your bird has and taught owners how to use training to eliminate them.
More often than not, the problems were rooted in areas that the owners had not even considered. When Dave and Jamie would redirect the owners to the actual source of the problem is when the healing could begin. Suffice to say, you can’t fix a problem that you don’t understand.
From fear of hands to unwillingness to interact to aggression issues, they recorded each and every encounter for everyone to watch and learn from. If you have a parrot with behavioral issues, you are going to find them covered in One Day Miracles.
For me, the greatest thing about this series is the fact that we can go back and watch and rewatch until we feel confident in our abilities. There are not any other training DVDs on the market that are this explicit and demonstrative.
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Patty Jourgensen specializes in avian health, behavior and nutrition and has been working with and caring for rescue birds since 1987.