Below is an excerpt from a paper presented at the ABMA Conference, 2004 on the art and science of behavior and training from Steve Martin, president of Orlando-based Natural Encounters, Inc., from his decades of pursuing the art of training. Below Steve’s comment is one from Dr. Susan Friedman (my first teacher and mentor in learning
Those who know me know that we had an ordeal here several months ago when Barnaby, my Timneh African Grey, cut his foot open. After wearing a large wrap on his foot for over 10 weeks, I’m happy to report he is doing great. He is now missing two back toes on one foot but has learned how to adapt to his new way of getting around.
Do your pets play the slot machine?
I write a lot about taking a deeper look at behavior so that we can set ourselves and our pets up for success. This video is just excellent at demonstrating how there is always a reason why behavior occurs. Learning how to sleuth out those reasons helps us to effectively teach our pets behaviors we want to see.
Thanksgiving is quickly coming upon us. Oh to taste the turkey…stuffing…sweet potatoes…and pumpkin pie. I can hardly wait! So can Sam….and I bet your favorite pooch too.
So, let’s plan ahead. Sharing your meal with your guests AND your dog doesn’t
Dreyfuss is a bird who – if I’d let her – would spend her entire day sitting next to me or on me, frequently with her head down for rubs. So how was it that this sweet girl (who actually may be a boy but I’ve never had her sexed) would lunge at my arm, and even bite it, when I’d put my arm in front of her body before asking for a ‘step up’ from her inside cage perch?