Monthly ArchiveJanuary 2017

It’s trained with positive reinforcement so that makes it good, right?

So many people have taken to training animals using positive reinforcement techniques and nothing makes me happier. Many people refer to themselves as “positive reinforcement trainers” – but what does that really mean?
Many people, including some popular internet personalities, use positive reinforcement to teach their birds all kinds of cool tricks. Makes sense, since positive reinforcement works! But in many cases, there’s more to it than that, and it turns out just because we use positive reinforcement – that doesn’t automatically mean our training is good or ethical.

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Making sense of training terminology – negative, positive, what does it even mean?

When talking about training and behavior; misunderstandings easily happen. When translated into real life and actual training, misunderstood information can not only result in us not getting the results we want from our hard work, but in some cases it might even lead to not so pleasant experiences for the animals that we are training.
One way of preventing these misunderstandings and understanding each other better is to speak the same language: in our case, that means using correct training terminology.
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Stainless Steel Skewer Toy Bases

Stainless steel skewers are safe durable toy bases.  Skewers are refillable so you can make some pretty impressive foraging toys for your parrots in no time at all.  You can string on a wide variety of toy parts as well as fruits and vegetables.  And they are dishwasher safe so you can wash and refill as often as needed.

Using stainless steel skewers as toy bases not only saves you time when making bird toys but can save you money as well.  You can use leftover parts from used toys, household items like small cardboard boxes and egg cartons and thread them on the skewer together with vegetable and fruit pieces.
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