A Brief Intro to Parrot Training

This free course is designed to give you a sample of the comprehensive training programs we have available for parrot enthusiasts. In this course, you will be introduced to 3 fundamental techniques of parrot training: marker-based training, targeting and tap tap treat.
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Learning Goals:

  • Understanding the concept of marker-based training and its effectiveness in parrot training.
  • Exploring the theory behind positive reinforcement and the benefits of using it in parrot training.
  • Practicing the step-by-step process of marker-based training, including how to select an appropriate marker and associate it with rewards.
  • Learning how to choose and introduce a suitable target object for your parrot.
  • Discovering the versatility of target training and its application in teaching various behaviours.
Lesson Series


2 Chapters
2 Skills
 3 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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