ABI was founded to use the most progressive and contemporary positive reinforcement techniques to bridge the art of training birds with the science of animal behavior, and with the desire to harness humankind’s inherent fascination with birds to illustrate the peril of the disappearing natural world and inspire conservation action.
Parrot Training and Behavior Resources
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.
Karen Pryor Clicker Training is a leader in the field of animal training and in the science and application of marker-based positive reinforcement, or what is often called "clicker" training. If you are interested in learning more about positive reinforcement training, her books, Don't Shoot the Dog and Reaching the Animal Mind, are exceptional.
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.
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.
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.
To If you are looking for a competent parrot behavior consultant, please go to the Parrot Divisionof The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) where you will find the best educated, skilled and dedicated professionals.