Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Sometimes bird owners ask what they can do to help their companion's health improve.  We need to understand that birds, cats, dogs....any kind of living creature has very special dietary needs.  Some people feed a seed diet and some feed a pelleted diet.  Some people even prepare "non commercial" foods for their pets.  But remember, all animals were meant to live free and since we keep them captive, we don't always give the proper foods to our companion pets.  Search for a nutritionist to help with your dietary needs as you would for yourself.  Your Avian Vet, or your regular vet should be able to better advise you since they have the training and expertise in animal health.
Happy days and good health.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


I feel that Mr. Price has hit the nail on the head.  Not only does this pertain to "trainers", but it is also a concern that so many hobby breeders think they can advise on health and diet issues of birds.  If you don't have the credentials, please don't try to advise others how to take care of their companion bird.  Avian vets, trainers and nutritionists have spent years becoming the professionals they are.  They are the ones we need to go to for help.  Those of us who are professional breeders are in the position to help out with teaching proper hand feeding technique.  But, ONLY FOR THE SPECIES WE RAISE.   There is nothing more important than research and education so you can provide a safe and healthy environment for your bird.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Instant Expert ...

What seems like it should be good news for the companion bird world is the number of people out and about speaking to bird clubs and even at conferences about training. What is surprising is how many of these new evangelists for contemporary training methods have little or no experience. They have taken one course or workshop and they hit the road running with their new, albeit shallow knowledge.

Time and again I hear presentations and read articles that, while promoting the best possible training methods, use the terminology of the science of behavior change incorrectly. Now you may say that as long as the intention is correct I should "lighten up" and let the terminology slips go. The problem with that approach is that multiple, inaccurate uses of terms causes confusion for, and that is a bad thing.

So, how can one know if a chosen speaker or consultant "knows their stuff?" There is now a professional credential for bird trainers. I am proud to be the chair of the International Avian Trainers Certification Board (IATCB) and while it is early days it is my expectation that in the future the credential, Certified Professional Bird Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPBT-KA) will help filter those who have a deep understand of the subject to those who are just beginning their journey of discovery.

Sid Price, CPBT-KA

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Knowing that we are not all perfect, there is the possibility that sometimes there may be a broken link within the website.  If you run across one, please send us a message so we can fix it.  I know that everyone would appreciate it.  Your help is part of what makes this publication successful.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


June 8th & 9th, 2013Behavior & Training Workshophttp://larajoseph.com/LaraJoseph/ABC_Workshop.htmlLARA JOSEPH
Behavior & Training Workshop

at The Animal Behavior Center
Small, hand's-on 2-3 day workshop
Workshop size will be kept small to leave time for training and individual attention.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

First, thank you for the invitation Robert to be a continuing part of your ongoing efforts to bring a broad range of information to the companion bird world.

As many of you will know I already have a bird training blog over at Avian Ambassadors, where you will find many articles I have written over the last 5 or so years. In addition I have an ongoing series of articles all linked together in a glossary of the terms of the science of behavior change.

It is unfortunate that there are those in this world who take articles such as those I have written and use them for their own personal financial gain without even any attribution, because of this the articles on my blog are protected against copying and even comment. Everyday I get a flood of comment attempts for everything from Viagra to designer shoes, this just confirms that my decision to lock down the content is the right one, it keeps the site clean and on task. However, it is my wish that the maximum number of people should have access to the articles, so please feel free to link to the articles, or if you wish to reproduce them just send me an email, just place "@" between sidprice and avianambassadors.com :o).

I will do my best to be a contributor to this blog as well, although it may be intermittent in nature. I will post here whenever my Bird Training blog has updates. Of course the ubiquitous Facebook and Twitter get alerts too.

In the spirit of this blog here is a thought for you to consider, just because a training strategy works does not make it the right, ethical strategy to use.

Keep soaring,


I am in the process of giving posting access for this blog to all of those professionals who are providing content to COMPANION BIRD WORLD.  That way those who are part of this publication can be more active if they like.  I am doing the same with the world events calendar.
Looking forward to participation.


Just a quick note....
The TASC event this past Saturday was pretty good.  Saw a lot of friends and had the honor of talking with Lara Joseph and Dr. Peter Sakas.  Patricia Sund was there but I didnt' get to meet up with her.  Guess she and I were just too busy.  But..next time.
All in all, the event was a lot of fun.  Jason Crean, did a great job of putting this on.  Traci was very helpful, and kudos to all of the volunteers.
If anyone has never had the honor of being up close to a Bald Eagle, a Great Horned Owl, a Peregrine Falcon or a Screech Owl, then you may enjoy these photos:

Screech Owl

Great Horned Owl

Bald Eagle

Peregrine Falcon

Next year has the promise of more fun.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


COMPANION BIRD WORLD site has added a new section.   WORLD NEWS has been created so readers can see what is going on around the world in the avian and exotic animal sector.  If you have news of interest, please let us know by submitting the article to:   http://companionbirdworld.com/WORLD%20NEWS.htm  and click on the contact link.

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Beginning

Well, this is the beginning of the future of this blog.  Come back often to see what we are doing.