Dave Womach has worked with birds for most of his life. An entertainer by profession at age 13, Dave trained and incorporated doves into his earliest routines. Stage acts require the most reliable behaviors and Dave’s training skills have produced flawlessly trained birds.
In 2000, Dave got umbrella cockatoo, Linus, and went on to prove that a rescued parrot with a questionable past can be trained to become a great pet and performer. Dave went on to become the World Champion in his field of entertainment that year.
Dave is a founding member of Birdtricks.com (initiated in 2002) and shared with the avian community the many benefits of training their birds.
One of the first to introduce the concept of freeflight to the world, in 2008 Dave and his wife Jamieleigh started the Freestyle Flyers Club through which they successfully trained clients to fly their parrots outside. Their documentation of their awe-inspiring freeflight experience with their own birds has changed many people’s views on the then controversial topic of freeflight. Today, freeflight is not only widely accepted but is encouraged by the avian community and Dave and Jamieleigh remain at the very forefront of this trend.
Dave’s strength is in intricate training that is built on a strong foundation of positive reinforcement. He has gone to great lengths to understand the habits of predatory birds, watches weather patterns and implements other risk reducing factors and his attention to these precautions make their freeflying course the safest and most comprehensive available. They have a 100% success rate with their clients.
Jamieleigh Womach has one of the most recognized faces in the avian community and is well respected for her methods and successes in parrot training.
Jamieleigh began her journey with parrots as a teenager. She mentored under Dave Womach and got her training experience through hands on work with a variety of parrot species. During this time she developed a style of her own and has countless successes under her belt. While Jamie is part of the freeflight team, she is also available to help with your training issues at home.
Jamie is small detail oriented. While standing back to observe a training session where everybody is watching the performance of the bird, Jamieleigh will be the one to note a late click or uncomfortable body language realizing that the “little things” often have the biggest impact.
Having somewhat different styles of training, Jamieleigh and Dave are the perfect compliment to each other which offers their freeflight students the well-rounded experience of two professional trainers.
Her strength is in her teaching abilities. She gets right to the point in helping people understand the things they need to know to be successful in any aspect of bird care or training. She does whatever it takes to ensure her students have been given every tool for success possible before they venture out on their own. She has her own special way of driving home a point and has been known to fabricate “learning scenarios” in an attempt to reach a student that she feels isn’t quite getting the message. If you are a student of Jamieleigh, you will leave a much wiser bird owner.