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Parrot education is an ongoing process and there is always something new to learn!  Here are some workshops which are being offered by some top experts.  Some courses are in person and some are online. 



Good Bird® Inc founder Barbara Heidenreich has always known animals were her calling. After receiving her degree in zoology and trying many different types of animal-related jobs, she discovered the world of animal training… and what a wonderful discovery it was! Finally, a career where she could get paid to play with animals! In 1990 Barbara began training birds and staff in zoos around the country for free flight educational programs. This eventually evolved into consulting on animal training around the world. She joined the board of directors for the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators in 1997 and was honored to be the first female president of the organization.  But what she gained from this career was far more than pleasurable work and experiences. She learned how the science of behavior works, how positive reinforcement training allows one to forge an amazing bond with an animal, and how many people are seeking information to help them do the same.

The companion parrot community is one that is near and dear to Barbara’s heart. She herself has had a companion parrot, a Blue Fronted Amazon named Tarah, since 1987. Over the years of presenting free-flight bird shows, Barbara often received questions pertaining to companion parrots in the home. These questions lead Barbara to write her first book, “Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavioral Problems in Companion Parrots.” Seeing the need for good information on positive reinforcement training in the companion parrot community, Barbara began teaching workshops on parrot behavior and training, providing consulting services and speaking to parrot interest groups. Encouraged by the enthusiasm and excitement she saw for positive reinforcement training she decided to launch Good Bird® Inc




NEI Training Facility in Florida:
Attending a workshop at the NEI training facility is the best way to learn the art and science of animal training. This 34-acre facility is home to over 80 species of animals, almost all of which are available for training in our workshops. Free of normal daily duties, attendees can concentrate on learning the technology and skills required to perform at the professional level. Each attendee receives personalized attention from our staff of experts, as well as note guides and workbooks that they can take home to share with their co-workers. Our workshop offerings at our training facility include:
Animal Training For Professionals
The Art & Science of Training Companion Parrots
The Advanced Art & Science of Training Companion Parrots



Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D., is a psychology professor at Utah State University. An applied behaviorist for more than 25 years, her area of expertise is learning and behavior, with a special emphasis on children’s behavior disorders. Prior to living in Utah, Susan was a professor at the University of Colorado after which she lived in Lesotho, Africa for 5 years. While there, she directed the first American School of Lesotho.

Tara interviews Dr Friedman about parrot behaviour

Susan has written on the topic of learning and behavior for two avian veterinary texts (in press) and popular parrot magazines. Several articles can be found on the web at http://www.thegabrielfoundation.org/HTML/friedman.htm . She co-teaches animal behavior workshops with Steve Martin at his ranch facility (see www.naturalencounters.com) and zoos around the country, speaks at bird clubs and conferences, and enjoys contributing to and learning from several companion parrot behavior internet lists. Susan is a core member of the California Condor Recovery Team.

When asked how she became interested in working with companion parrots in particular, Susan explains with a wink, "I have always enjoyed working with juvenile delinquents!"




 The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), in working with top veterinarians and animal experts to offer educational programs to increase the professionalism within the industry and to portray an image of knowledge.

 Currently the program is available in six animal specialty areas -- avian, canine, feline, freshwater fish, reptile and small animal. 

 The successful completion of the coursework for each program leads to a specialty certification.  Your interest to become certified speaks highly of your desire to upgrade your knowledge and expertise as well as increase the professionalism of your industry.

 The Avian program is the first of our programs to be converted to a one module format.  Presently it is available in print format and the Internet.  Over the next several years PIJAC hopes to have all the Specialties converted to these formats.

 Depending upon your interests, you may elect to complete more than one of these certification programs to become certified in several specialty animal areas.  Successful completion of five or more animal specialties entitles one to enjoy status as a Certified Animal Specialist (CCAS).

 The PIJAC Companion Animal Specialist Certification Program is simply used to show a special level of interest and education.  The word "specialist" used in this context has no veterinary connotation.

 What is Certification?

First, certification and the initials that will follow your name provide you with instant credibility.  Second, certification shows that you are a recognized professional in your field and that you have attained a certain level of professional development by completing a series of rigorous and comprehensive programs designed to increase your knowledge and awareness of your profession.  Third, certification speaks highly of your desire to professionalize your industry.



Dr Susan Friedman training a macaw

DVD training with Barbara Heidenreich

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