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Bird Training



August 8-14, 2019 Zoo Consulting Ireland

August 20-25, 2019 Zoo Consulting Oregon

Bird Training

September 17, 2019 ANIMAL TRAINING WORKSHOP – VALENCIA, SPAIN: Will you be attending the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference in Valencia, Spain? Join us on September 17, 2019 at host facility Bioparc Valencia for a day of Animal Training. Course includes lecture, animal training demonstrations and guided hands on opportunities to practice training. This workshop is in conjunction with the annual EAZA conference. You will be back in time for the conference icebreaker that evening. Space is limited to ensure one on one attention. Get more information at HERE

September 17-21, 2019 European Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conference, Valencia, Spain. Barbara will be participating and presenting at this conference. Visit for more information

September 24-26, 2019 Zoo Consulting Poland

September 28, 2019 Bird Training Workshop: Parrot Training and Addressing Behavior Problems Warsaw, Poland.

Course Description: Training with positive reinforcement is a skill caregivers can learn to use to create and modify parrot behavior. Paired with careful observation of bird body language it can be a powerful tool in shaping a well behaved, interactive and engaging parrots. The mechanics of training with positive reinforcement will be explored via lecture, video, and parrot training demonstrations. We will also explore the drawbacks of using methods based in aversives that have been traditionally used to create behaviors, as well as learn how to apply the more trust building alternatives. This workshop will also dive deep into solutions for common parrot behavior problems such as vocalizing for attention, aggressive behavior and problems associated with reproductive hormone amplification. With video examples of parrots voluntarily participating in intramuscular injections and blood draws without restraint, participants will be inspired by the power of force free animal training.

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September 29, 2019  Exotic Animal Training Workshop: Exotic Solutions to Exotic Animal Behavior Problems Warsaw, Poland.

Course Description: Behavior problems presented by exotic animals can include extreme fear responses, aggressive behavior, non-compliance, and aberrant behavior such as spitting, banging on doors, and stereotypies. Addressing undesired behaviors are generally accomplished using the same principles regardless of the species. However, in real life application, consulting in the world of exotic animals requires taking many additional factors into consideration.  This can include the ethology of the species, if the working conditions include free or protected contact, enclosure design, changeable team members and training skills, and much more.  Getting success at times is straightforward and at other times takes ingenuity. This presentation will look at some of the unique challenges presented by working with exotic animals and how to address undesired behavior under these conditions. This workshop features extensive video clips and live training demonstrations to illustrate simple solutions as well as creative ones to exotic animal behavior challenges.

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Bird Training

November 6-18, 2019 Zoo Consulting Southern, California, USA

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