Step Up

Struggling to move your bird? Are they worried about hands? The Step Up course will help you get started on the right foot!
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Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key steps involved in teaching a parrot to "Step Up" successfully, including using a perch or your hand as a target and reinforcing the behavior.
  • Learn how to use positive reinforcement training techniques to effectively teach the "Step Up".
  • Develop the ability to read parrot body language to recognize when they are ready to step up or becoming fearful.
  • Recognize the different contexts in which the "Step Up" can be used.
  • Learn alternative methods to relocate your parrot.
  • Learn the benefits of marker-based training, including its effectiveness in shaping complex behaviours and strengthening the parrot-caregiver relationship.
lesson series


 4 Chapters
4 Skills
10+ 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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