Phoenix Landing hosts a number of parrot behavior workshops throughout the year. Last month, we re-presented “Clicker Training for Parrots” in Northern Virginia.
Clicker training is a fun way to interact with your bird, but it’s also a useful tool for addressing behavioral issues. Our September class provided an introduction to the principles of operant conditioning and, specifically, how it applies to our interactions with our birds.
In addition to explaining how clicker training works, ideas for getting started, and strategies for overcoming training challenges, the class also focused on interactive learning with hands-on exercises designed to let participants work on clicker timing and shaping behaviors.
Below are the slides from the workshop.
Once you apply the principles of clicker training to your daily interactions — regardless of your bird’s age or previous training — you will be amazed at how effectively you will be able to communicate with each other, how much faster you will build trust, and how quickly your parrot will learn tricks that delight and amaze.
To learn more about how you can build a more positive and fun relationship with your birds, please check the Phoenix Landing events calendar for upcoming classes.
Thanks for posting this. I was looking for input on clicker training. Inigo the Nanday has had a few behavioral issues since Jimmy the Green Cheek’s passing, and although he’s returning to himself and appears to be out of grieving, he’s still a bit nippy. I thought it might be a good idea to do the clicker training as a way of strengthening my bond with him, as well as help him feel more secure. I admit, this is both for his sake and mine, as he got very jealous of Jimmy when I first brought Jimmy home and my hands have the scars to show for it! I think the clicker training will give us a nice structured one-on-one activity to avoid some of those issues when it’s time to welcome a new bird into our lives.