Back to Basics Bundle

Get started on the right foot with these six core skills:
1) Step-up onto a variety of surfaces  
2) Willingly take medication from a syringe
3) No fuss weigh-ins
4) Enter & exit the cage and carrier on cue
5) Drop it
6) Station (stay where you are)


Introduction to parrot behaviour and learning 
Introduction to target training

Ensure that clear two-way communication and trust with your parrot is created and maintained through this very important core skills bundle.
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Learning Goals:

  • Learn the basics of marker-based training, including how to choose and use a marker, how to pair it with a reward, and how to apply it to different training scenarios.
  • Develop the ability to read parrot body language and recognize signs of stress or discomfort during training.
  • Learn how to teach a parrot to go back to their cage, drop an object on cue, and go into a carrier using positive reinforcement techniques.
  • Understand how to train a parrot to step up onto your hand or a perch, and how to weigh them on a scale.
  • Learn how to administer medicine to a parrot using a syringe, while minimizing stress and discomfort.
  • Understand the basics of target training, and how to use it to train a variety of behaviours.
Lesson series


  • 10 Chapters
  • 8 Skills
  • 25+ 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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