Treats for Training: What I Use

Photo by Dave Location: Saipan, MP Siblings: Blue and Gold Macaws "Jersey" and "Chayko"   Recently on my YouTube videos, I've received a lot of the same question, "What treats do you use to give your bird during training sessions?"   And I know what those askers are really thinking... if they use what I use for my birds, their birds will do tha...
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Getting Your Bird To Like Being Outdoors

Photo by Dave Location: Orlando, FL Pictured: Swainson Toucan "Fiji" Aviary by: Cages by Design Remember how my Swainson Toucan, Fiji, hates being outside and is completely terrified of the outdoors? Well, guess what? She isn’t anymore! That’s right. My toucan is no longer afraid of the outdoors. She now sleeps, plays and flies outside and does...
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The Things They Get Into

   Photos by Jamieleigh Location: Dawn Princess, Princess Cruise Lines Drinking: Swainson Toucan "Fiji" A few years ago on board Princess Cruise Lines, I was with my Swainson Toucan, Fiji. Now Fiji knew a few behaviors on cue but I hadn’t gone into much detail with her on any real tricks. I was happy just having her around.   She pretty much own...
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Cruise Ship Questions Answered!

I wanted to take the time to answer the most common cruise ship related questions I get asked that have to do with my birds.   Q: How did you get your birds on board? A: The only reason the birds are on board is because they are part of the guest entertainment. Regular cruise ship passengers are not aloud to bring “pets” on board.    Photo by ...
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Socializing Toucans

Photo by Dave Location: The Dawn Princess, Princess Cruise Lines Twins: Swainson Toucans "Meaka" and "Fiji" It wasn't always this way with these two toucans... A lady in Sandpoint, Idaho owned Meaka (left) and she was the same age as Fiji (right) who we got at six months old. Meaka stayed in a pet shop all day and was a very calm and sweet bird...
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Are Toucans Cuddly?

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Reno, Nevada Getting lovin': Swainson Toucan "Meaka" The question I get asked the most about toucans are, "Are they cuddly?" well, I think this picture says it all. This is my Swainson Toucan about a year and a half old at the time. She was always gentle and cuddly and would rub her head against you kind of like ...
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