If you are into animal behavior and positive reinforcement training, you're in the right spot. World renown animal behavior consultant, falconer, and educator Hillary Hankey dives deep with conversations and case studies on parrots, birds of prey as well as horses, dogs and all kinds of animals on topics of behavior as well as nutrition, ethology, and problem solving.
What are the Fundamentals of Animal Training?
We talk about how our training ethos shapes every interaction we forge with the birds in our care. There are some great ways that we can build our foundation through a firm understanding of the animal training fundamentals! How do you start training before you even start *training*? For links, our show notes page has Black Friday coupons, Patreon and our free workbook for bird behavior . Check out your free guide!
Bird Training Stories Part 2: Force Free Veterinary Training, Practical Application of CAT, and More!
In Part 2 of our live recording of our podcast from MemberFest 2021, we cover some serious ground! We talk about aspergillosis and the importance of force free veterinary training, field a few questions about training with negative reinforcement and the constructional approach, and end up with a bit of a sciency chat about spiders!
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Bird Training Stories with Katie, Paige and Hillary Part 1
It's our Avian Behavior Lab MemberFest 2021, celebrating the second anniversary of our online animal behavior and training membership platform. We did a live podcast with our members, telling training challenges and what we have learned, putting everything into question-answer format for our members to ask questions of their own. Stories in this one include working with an intense and potentially dangerous Double Yellow Headed Amazon, a bald eagle that had a strong fear response.
On curiosity, leadership and evolution as an animal trainer with Dani Poirier Larson
You can’t tell anyone to be curious, you can show them, inspire them, and lead with humility and grace. That’s what Dani Poirier Larson of the Southwick Zoo shows, the spirit she embodies and shows her team. Dani’s words are so powerful and ring so true for a behavior enthusiast who wants to engage with the human and animal world around us as well as feel the fire of the enthusiasm of the team an audience around us. We talk macaw training, kookaburras, corvid challenges, and mental health.
How Our Animals Handle the Pandemic
Animal behavior sure does love routine. But what happens when that routine changes and is beyond our control? What about those changes that affect our mental well-being and then transfer on the way we work with our animals and fellow animal lovers? We talk about the three different ways this impacted our work. We also discuss pandemic pets and what we can do when the goal posts change, routines change, and how to get through tough situations with animal care in mind.
What to do when your bird picks favorites
Everyone has preferences, and our birds are no different. From African Greys to Turkey Vultures, the birds that we work with make no bones about it when they have a favorite. Sometimes it is harmless, and other times it can be downright dangerous. We talk about strategies to help your bird work better with others, as well as how to prevent the problem with other future feathered friends!
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Every Episode Is Gold
Everyone who works with or has a bird in their care should listen to this. Every episode has great information, practical and informative and up to date with the latest research in animal behavior and training. Listening to this has improved my relationship with my birds, my approach to training and behavior, as well as given me practical strategies to implement. My life and my birds lives are better. I look forward to every episode and am never disappointed.
The host has vast experience and knowledge. Thank you for sharing it!
Just catching up
I’m late to the party, but unsurprisingly, the ABI team have created a stellar podcast full of interesting information and helpful insight. I highly recommend!
Amazing Comparative Information!
This is such great, educational content and the references back to wild to application here is awesome. Equally addressing convenience drops in pet ownership to still find ways to maximize the parrots welfare despite those restrictive environments.