Positive Vs. Negative Reinforcement in Training

What’s the difference between Positive and Negative Reinforcement? Is negative reinforcement bad? This is, I think, my number one pet peeve in the animal training communities. I've actually seen folks absolutely jump on others who proclaim to use negative reinforcement, equating it to punishment - when, in fact, that is not the case at all.... Continue Reading →

Introducing the Cloud

So we all know the three birds of the flock: Ptak, Mavi, and Tayir. Troublemakers, I tell you. But who is the cloud? Meet baby Atlas, who will be coming home very soon! He's a Samoyed - an ancient breed of sled dog that originates in Russia. They're fluffy and friendly... and aptly referred to... Continue Reading →

Eleven Easy Tips for Getting Your Parrot to Enjoy Bath-Time.

Bathing and showering are incredibly important to a bird, promoting good feather health, acting as a source of enrichment, and helping an avian respiratory system be at its best. In answer to the question of 'how often should my parrot bathe,' baths should be offered once a week in the winter, and as many times... Continue Reading →

What To Do If You Got a Parrot For Christmas (or Your Birthday).

Parrots are honestly not good presents, but that doesn't mean that people don't give them anyway. If you got a parrot, canary, or finch as a gift, the first step is to educate yourself. Find out about good diet, basic parrot or finch care,and training, to start. Arm yourself with knowledge. You will need to make a... Continue Reading →

Remembering Charlie.

It's been one year since Charlie died.This blog is dedicated to helping improve the lives of 'insignificant' birds like him (and I know I haven't been blogging lately; for that I apologise). You see, our Charlie was a very special canary. He was cheeky, clever, and friendly in his own independent way. No, he was... Continue Reading →

Days 23-25 – Dream Birds, Sleep, and Memories.

I realised most of the way through this challenge that I cut out day number 21 when the challenge image was moved into column format! Whoops. I can't remember what it even was, so I guess I'll make something up. Day 23: Dream bird? My list is endless, really, haha. I love them all. Truly,... Continue Reading →

Days 16-19 – Survival Tips for Life With Parrots (And More).

Day 16: The meaning behind my blog's name. Ha! Well, I had no idea what to name it at the time, despite having had the idea for the blog itself for ages. I'm a student - or was, then, anyway - and have birds. Yup. Somehow, when it comes to making a decision like a... Continue Reading →

Days 9-11 – Parrots Have Bad Habits.

Day 9: Worst habit. You might think 'worst habit' and 'parrot' would automatically equal something along the lines of chewing, biting, etc., but all that is really only a fact of life. (That's not to say sometimes I don't wish parrots were less voracious chewers!) Ptak's worst habit is getting underfoot. The little monster likes... Continue Reading →

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