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NEW! March 25, 2017 WEBINAR “Fixing Fear Responses and Building Trust with your Parrot” 12:00 Noon to 1 :30 PM Central time. Parrots can learn fear responses to people, other parrots, new things such as toys and perches as well as experiences like visits to the veterinary hospital. Overcoming these fears requires using specific principles and avoiding others in order to achieve long term success. By focusing on trust building strategies presented in this webinar companion parrot caregivers can create a bird that eagerly engages with people and new experiences. This webinar will explain what techniques to use and which to avoid and why. Click Here to register $34.95. Participants receive access to a recorded version of the webinar.
NEW! March 26, 2017 WEBINAR “Creating Motivation and Identifying Reinforcers in Animal Training” 12:00 Noon to 1 :30 PM Central time. Can’t get training started because your animal just isn’t motivated? This is the webinar for you! This is a topic Barbara Heidenreich is passionate about. This webinar is an in-depth look at the many ways to create motivation as well as the many types of reinforcers in our tool box. It also explores the important question of physical and psychological health and welfare when it comes to creating motivation. This topic is surprisingly complex and will get you thinking! Click Here to register $34.95. Participants receive access to a recorded version of the webinar.
REGISTRATION OPEN! August 25-27, 2017 “Avian Behavior and Training Workshop for Veterinary Professionals” Dallas, OR, USA. Open to veterinary professionals (or those studying to be) interested in working with parrots. This comprehensive two-day workshop at Cockatoo Downs will include the following: Practicing force-free handling skills with live parrots, understand the principles of training with positive reinforcement, reading and interpreting parrot body language, info and resources to educate clients about enrichment, behavior problems, training, pros and cons of flight, methods of seed diet transitions to pellets, strategies for getting clients to book annual exams. Interact, train, and hang out with the free flying cockatoos. Attendees will also have opportunities to work with chickens. And much more! Instructors Barbara Heidenreich, Chris Shank and Pamela Clark, CVT. Limited to 20 spaces. Learn more at this link http://www.cockatoodowns.com/avian-behavior-workshop-2017.html
September 19-23, 2017 “EAZA Conference” Netherlands. Barbara will be participating in the animal training working group presentations and attending this conference.
NEW! SAVE THE DATE September 30- October 1, 2017 “Avian and Exotic Mammal Training Seminar and Practical Labs” TBD, Norway. Two day seminar including hands on training opportunities with parrots and small mammals commonly kept as companion animals. Learn the intricate details specific to achieving success when it comes to practical application of training technology with these taxonomic groups. Learning theory as well as the mechanics of training with force free training technology will be explored via lecture, video, discussion, activities and hands on training opportunities. With video examples of animals voluntarily participating in educational programs, intramuscular injections and blood draws without restraint, participants will be inspired by the power of force free animal training. Suitable for veterinary professionals, behavior professionals, zoological professionals as well as companion animal enthusiasts. Details coming soon!
NEW! October 21-22, 2017 “Parrot Behavior and Training Workshop” Minneapolis, MN Hosted by Avian Suites. Details are coming on this one. Save the date! We are not sure yet if this will be a one or two day event.
November 4-8 , 2017 “Zoological Association of America Conference” San Antonio, TX, USA Barbara will be presenting an animal training workshop at this conference. http://www.zaa.org/conference/annual-conference
November 12-15 , 2017 “International Animal Training Conference” Twycross, United Kingdom. Hosted by the Twycross Zoo. Barbara will be giving the keynote address at this conference. https://twycrosszoo.org/animal-training-conference/