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The Avian Behavior Podcast
61 minutes | 9 days ago
How to Be an Ambassador For Trust
Being intentional about your choices in animal training and behavior, the shortcuts you take or don’t take in your relationships with people and animals all make up a mosaic that is our behavioral repertoire and learning evolution. How much that we recognize how our actions impact future decisions for the individuals around us makes us better animal trainers and more cognizant, inspirational leaders. Trust comes with honesty, and honesty comes with introspection and self reflection. This podcast ties in thoughts on being a business owner during the pandemic as well as putting together actionable steps for a building trust in a relationship with your bird for a huge toolkit and incredible behaviors.
43 minutes | a month ago
Extinction Procedures: When Ignoring the Problem is the Problem
We are going all in on the behavior analysis term of extinction (not the existential crisis) and why ignoring problem behavior is problem behavior in and of itself. See what we did there? We use loads of examples, from parrots to cranes, hornbills to vultures, to cover this topic. We talk about other fallout scenarios and drawbacks from using extinction procedures, like riding the extinction burst, fallout frustration and aggression and other scenarios.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Top Five Husbandry Behaviors to Train Any Bird
What is a husbandry behavior and why train it? I think of it as the difference between fighting with your cohabitants over little behaviors and coming to an agreement over mutually beneficial behaviors. These behaviors are important whether we are talking to companion parrot lovers or professional animal caregivers. What's on your list of top five?
49 minutes | 3 months ago
To Clip or Not To Clip Your Parrot
The concept of leaving your parrot flighted or clipping its wings is a huge topic with much debate. There are many opinions going both ways based on health, safety, welfare, and psychological benefits. It shouldn’t be any surprise that here at Avian Behavior International, we are very much pro-flight when it comes to all birds. But our ethos is that of using science based methodologies to inform our decisions and suggestions. This means that rarely is there a one-size-fits-all solution or recommendation and that many variables impact the quality of choices that we make. So it may or may not be surprise that when it comes to being pro-flight or pro-clip, the answer from us is, “it depends.”
54 minutes | 4 months ago
Conversation with Paige Davis
In this far ranging conversation with Paige Davis, curator of bird training from World Bird Sanctuary, we talk about many aspects of training birds of prey, as well as training in general. We touch back upon weight management, as well as going into our mutual love of falconry. We also go into social media, why the Avian Behavior Lab began, and what made each of us change our tactics when it comes to negativity in the comments section.
35 minutes | 4 months ago
Myth Busting Part 2: Raptor Training
In part 2, we take on a few of the prevailing ideas in raptor training that either defy science or are contradictory. From early relationship building to raptor housing, let's take a look at how nuance is lost and we open the door for uninformed, outside criticism when we take an always or never approach to raptor training.
43 minutes | 5 months ago
Myths in Companion Parrot
We take on some of the common and pervasive myths in companion parrot care, what makes them attractive, and why they are harmful. We are going to talk about dominance, heavy petting, wearing gloves, diet, exercise, and more. Why do we listen to these myths, what gives them staying power, and what do we do instead?
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Anthropomorphism and its Impacts on Our Relationships With Animals, Training, Conservation
Why is that owl grumpy? Anthropomorphism means assigning human qualities to non human things, such as animals and even our computers. We do it all of the time. Where it becomes important to assess is how it influences our relationship with animals in our homes, conservation measures, and even environmental policy. We go broad, talking about our dogs faces all the way to the California Condor Recovery Project.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
Grief, Empathy, and Animal Relationships
Losing an animal can be a horrific experience, and a lot of research has gone into understanding the human-animal connection as well as how we grieve over animal loss. In this episode, we speak frankly about death and loss. We also broaden the lens to look at how understanding emotional pain can help us be better in our professional, personal, and online lives.
27 minutes | 7 months ago
Are you stopping your animal's problem behavior or solving it?
Behavior management techniques are not all created equal. Some methods may look like they are working, but either have to be used over and over again or actually contribute to larger problems down the road. How do we know if behavior advice that we receive from other animal trainers, social media forums, and even veterinarians will help or hurt our relationship with the animal we are working with? Three important questions to ask in this podcast!
23 minutes | 7 months ago
What Makes Owls are Hard to Train
Owl conservation ambassadors can make a huge impact on an audience for wildlife educators. As iconic and instantly recognizable, they foster important connections with the natural world that have been ingrained in human culture for centuries. However, there are many reasons why an owl is a challenging training prospect and takes experience and keen observations. Here we explore some of these concepts.
28 minutes | 8 months ago
Case Studies in Building Trust with Parrots
From our Companion and Ambassador Parrot Webinar series at the beginning of the Coronavirus stay at home mandates, we hosted a 4 webinar series for parrots addressing a variety of topics. These questions stemmed directly from that, honing in on how to get through disruptions on routine. However, we also worked through some very serious issues of biting and trust building. Issues that could easily lead to adopting out a parrot, rehoming it, or at least, a stressful household. Join us in this densely packed episode for practical tips on how to stop a biting parrot.
27 minutes | 9 months ago
Bird Training Q & A Part II (not just birds of prey!)
A discussion about bird training and operant conditioning, raising owls, and our zoo free flight program ethos, this is from our raptor workshop that goes beyond just raptor training and behavior. It's a wonderfully deep dive and powerful conversation for animal trainers and caregivers.
30 minutes | 9 months ago
Is Your Parrot "Aggressive?"
Aggressive behavior in parrots looks like different things to each of us. While different terms like dominant, bold, or territorial are often used as explanatory variables, none of these describe in precise terms what the behavior actually is or under what conditions it occurs. Understanding this foundation is an important step to working through small and large challenges with our birds.
32 minutes | 9 months ago
Raptor Q&A Part 1
This Q&A tackles sensitive and challenging subjects: progressive weight management principles and working with birds with problem histories. It is part of larger conversation and is by no means all inclusive. The information in this podcast may not be suitable for all situations and is meant to be used in conjunction with tailored, individual help. Please understand that when working with your birds' weight and diets, you out always know the health and welfare of your bird. Avian Behavior International believes strongly in the practice of healthy flying, training, and relationships with food and the limited use of weight management, and only when needed. We have many other resources to be used in conjunction with this podcast.
32 minutes | 10 months ago
Bonus Episode! Should you add another parrot to your flock?
Bonus Content! We discuss many variables that go into a serious decision about whether or not to add another parrot to your flock and how we can know whether the birds will get along. There are many things that we can take into account as to how the decision will impact our household long term.
26 minutes | 10 months ago
09 Imprint versus Parent Raised Ambassador Birds of Prey
This episode is inspired by a profound discussion from our Raptor Workshop earlier this year. We discuss some of the benefits and challenges of the different species with respect to hand raising versus parent raising, what it means to imprint and what it means to let grow up, how to ask the right questions, and what you can do if you aren't sure if acquiring an conservation ambassador owl is right for your organization
27 minutes | a year ago
08 Three Hidden Reasons Your Parrot is Still Biting
In this episode, we uncover three habits common in the companion parrot world that lead to continued parrot biting. Sometimes, the tactics we think are solving parrot biting are actually putting a temporary stop to it, rather than ending biting for good and providing an appropriate replacement solution.
59 minutes | a year ago
07 How to Be an Animal Training Expert with Barbara Heidenreich
In this powerful interview with animal training and beahvior expert Barbara Heidenreich, we talk about the qualities that make for animal training expertise, how animal keepers and companion parrot people can seek out and evaluate the best advice for animals in their care, and how to keep growing and evolving in one's quester animal behavior enlightenment.
22 minutes | a year ago
How to Stop Your Parrot From Screaming When You Leave the Room
Parrot screaming is an incredibly disruptive behavior for everyone. By looking at just one aspect of this couple problem, we can relieve some of the stress around this challenge and provide important skills for our companions to succeed. Check out the show notes for our free download and more resources.
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