Drop It

Teach your bird to drop items BEFORE you need to. Having your bird know drop it will allow you to quickly secure innapropriate items they get a hold of.
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Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of teaching the "Drop It" cue.
  • Identify the key steps involved in teaching a parrot to "Drop It" successfully, including capturing and reinforcing the behavior.
  • Learn how to use positive reinforcement training techniques to effectively teach the "Drop It".
  • Develop the ability to read parrot body language to recognize when they are ready to drop an object or are becoming frustrated.
  • Learn how to troubleshoot common challenges that may arise when teaching the "Drop It" command, such as when a bird does not relinquish an item.
  • Learn the benefits of marker-based training, including its effectiveness in shaping complex behaviours and strengthening the parrot-caregiver relationship.
Lesson series


 4 Chapters
 3 Skills
5+ videos
Lifelong Access
Meet the instructor

Rebecca Melanson

  • Registered Veterinary Technician
  • Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner
  • Fear Free Certified Veterinary Professional
  • Licensed Family Paws Educator
  • Living and Learning with Animals Graduate

Over 10 years experience working in veterinary medicine and 14 years experience working with birds. Currently Rebecca runs her own training service called Around the Flock and is working alongside DACVB resident Dr. Meghan Connolly to provide the best chance of success when treating behaviour disorders.

Rebecca's flock consists of Hodari (African Grey), Chino (Pionus) and Artemis (Cockatiel). 
Patrick Jones - Course author
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