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Re: Looking for good book

Posted by Mike on 7/20/08
(6) Comments

    On 7/16/08, GreyLady wrote:
    > Books are okay but only as very basic guidelines. The
    > problem with books is that the parrots have not read them.
    > They are all so much individuals, it's better to just have
    > her continue to work with your bird, making special efforts
    > to learn his body language, be able to spot an impending
    > and avoid it. There is no such thing as true "dicipline"
    > that will work with any parrot. The only way we can
    > deal with unacceptable behavior is to ignore it, showing the
    > bird that when that particular behavior happens, we will
    > our backs and totally ignore it for a few minutes. I work
    > a behaviorist and I can tell you for sure, that it's much
    > better to work with the individual bird that to try to make
    > it fit into the generalities of most books. However, I do
    > have a lot of respect for anything written by Mattie Sue
    > Athan and/or Dianalee Deter. If you can find anything by
    > them either about Macaws specifically or about working with
    > unwanted behaviors, it may be helpful. But it can never be
    > stressed too much just how important it is for each of us to
    > learn our own bird's body language and always, always,
    > approach the bird with confidence. The more hesitant she is
    > and the more nervousness she shows, the more likely she is
    > get bit until she learns the body language that indicates a
    > possible impending bite. Good luck. GL

    Appreciate you taking the time to respond. Good advice. May
    look into the two writers you have suggeste. Again thanks for
    taking the time to respond. Mike