In this one-day workshop, we will begin by comparing wild and captive parrot behaviour, how to read it and how this applies to training and behaviour modification, and cover setting up for desired behaviour including diet, environment and interactions.
We will then dive into training core foundation behaviours, including fear-free handling, taming, crating, targeting, recall, flight training and preparing for stress free medical procedures.
We will practice shaping behaviour with demonstration parrots, and learn about common problem behaviours, and discuss how to assess and correct them.
This workshop is designed to suit a range of different skill levels—from first time companion parrot owners, to those who work with animals professionally such as behaviour consultants, keepers and those that work in the veterinary professions.
If you want to broaden your understanding of parrot behaviour, learn how to train and correct problem behaviours, and participate in interactive training demonstrations with parrots, then this workshop is for you!
All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.
About Rachel Riley – Parrot Life Behaviour and Training
Rachel Riley is a professional avian behaviour and training consultant in Perth, Western Australia, and owns and operates Parrot Life Behaviour and Training. Running since 2013, Parrot Life Behaviour and Training mostly offers in-home behaviour consultations for companion parrot owners, often in liaison with top avian vets around Perth.
Rachel has had many years working with parrots and birds of all shapes and sizes, in the conservation field as well as focusing on her passion of behaviour and training in more recent years.
She began her training career at one of New Zealand’s leading wildlife parks, as part of a development team to create a free-flight bird show and animal encounters using parrot species from around the world. This has led to a wide range of parrot training skills (behaviour identification, corrective behaviour training, novel behaviour training, free-flight training) all based on Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) methodology and all using positive reinforcement based non-coercive techniques.
Years working with and keeping parrots also means a strong background in husbandry, nutrition, health, enrichment and all things parrot related. Rachel holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Zoology from Massey University, New Zealand. For more information please visit www.parrotlife.com.au.