To If you are looking for a competent parrot behavior consultant, please go to the Parrot Division of The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) where you will find the best educated, skilled and dedicated professionals.
Training and Behavior Resources
To support companion parrot caregivers WPT provides information to help you live in harmony with your companion parrots. WPT Podcasts give you an opportunity to listen to interviews with dedicated conservationists and specialists as they share their knowledge and experience in dealing with parrots.
Pamela Clark, CVT, CPBC is dedicated to improving our understanding of parrot behavior, parrot welfare and the parrot-human bond. Her articles explore both normal and problem behavior, normal and problem parrot-human relationships, optimal nutrition, parrot welfare and enrichment.
A Word About Online Resources
There are a number of reliable and trustworthy sources available online, but it is not always easy to find them. The number of websites offering material on parrot training and behavior continues to grow. Social media sites have also become a principle source of online parrot information for some people. Anyone can publish information to the web and, as a result, there are a number of people claiming to be parrot training or behavior experts that present inaccurate, false or misleading information. So it is important to find sources you can trust and to know how to evaluate their content. How do you do that? I would suggest steering clear of what I call, "Lone Rangers", who profess they alone can teach you the "secrets of bird training"; or promise amazing results in "just one day" or another equally implausible time frame for solving a behavior problem.
There are a number of really good experienced professional trainers and behavior consultants out there. The community of dedicated and ethical parrot professionals knows that we all learn from each other and you will find that they often cross promote each other in their blogs and on their websites. Below you will find resources that I have relied on and I can personally recommend if you are looking for reliable information on parrot training and behavior.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a psychology professor at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Students from 22 different countries have participated in Susan's online courses, Living and Learning with Animals for Professionals and Living and Learning with Parrots for Caregivers. She has written chapters on learning and behavior for three veterinary texts, (Behavior of Exotic Pets, Clinical Avian Medicine, and Manual of Parrot Behavior), and is a frequent contributor to popular magazines.
Here you can find reliable, up to date information on parrot behavior, training and enrichment. This site offers articles, tutorials and online courses to help you learn how to live a happy life with your companion parrot and enhance your bird's wellbeing.
I am forever grateful to Susan for teaching me how to change behavior using the principles of ABA. The positive first teaching solutions I learned from taking Susan's LLP class are a fundamental part of providing an enriched environment for my parrots. Were it not for Susan's influence, encouragement and support, The Parrot Enrichment Activity Books and this website would not exist. I encourage everyone looking to provide a more enriched environment by empowering your parrots to read her articles and visit her Facebook page where the lessons continue.