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FEATURE BY DOROTHY SCHWARZ BARBARA


bird trainers, presented a day-long workshop at Hadlow College, Kent. The format of the workshop is that Barbara gives a lecture illustrated with video clips and then during several periods during the day gives short training sessions to any birds who attend. This is an extraordinary chance for owners to watch a highly skilled exponent of positive reinforcement training working live birds in front of you. Three of us came with birds: I brought Artha and Casper, African Greys; one lady brought a Hahn’s macaw and another brought two Caiques. Barbara advised any participants who


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wanted to bring their own birds to be sure that the birds were comfortable in anew environments and accepted the presence of strangers and other birds. She advised us


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ast October, Barbara Heidenreich, one of the USA’s best known animal and


HEIDENREICH’S TEACHING:


A WORKSHOP IN THE UK


Barbara advised any participants who wanted to bring their own birds to be sure that the birds were comfortable in anew environments and accepted the presence of strangers and other birds. She advised us to omit breakfast on the day of the workshop so that the birds would be readier to accept treats.


to omit breakfast on the day of the workshop so that the birds would be readier to accept treats. She assured us she would be offering food early in the workshop to assess their interest in treats and training. Barbara thinks it is very important for people to learn how to assess a bird’s level of interest in food as a potential reinforcer and goes through a very detailed description of what she looks


WORKSHOP


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