Upcoming Events

REGISTRATION OPEN! August 25-27, 2017 “Avian Behavior and Training Workshop for Veterinary Professionals” Dallas, OR, USA. Open to veterinary professionals (or those studying to be) interested in working with parrots. This comprehensive two-day workshop at Cockatoo Downs will include the following: Practicing force-free handling skills with live parrots, understand the principles of training with positive reinforcement, reading and interpreting parrot body language, info and resources to educate clients about enrichment, behavior problems, training, pros and cons of flight, methods of seed diet transitions to pellets, strategies for getting clients to book annual exams. Interact, train, and hang out with the free flying cockatoos. Attendees will also have opportunities to work with chickens. And much more! Instructors Barbara Heidenreich, Chris Shank and Pamela Clark, CVT. Limited to 20 spaces. Only 2 spaces left as of July 4th! Learn more at this link http://www.cockatoodowns.com/avian-behavior-workshop-2017.html

September 19-23, 2017  “EAZA Conference” Netherlands.  Barbara will be participating in the animal training working group presentations and attending this conference. See her topic and presentation description below.

Training Animals to Cooperate in Medical Care. It Can Be Easier Than You Think! by Barbara Heidenreich Veterinary medicine and force free animal training are two disciplines that are married in their approach of attending to high standards in animal welfare. Merging the practical application of these two fields can lead to improved animal welfare not only physically but also psychologically.  Implementing a few basic principles of learning can often be enough to reduce or eliminate stress for an unanticipated procedure. Utilizing a foundation of easy to train behaviors, such as targeting and stationing can also facilitate medical care. More complex medical behaviors can be built using shaping procedures, some in surprisingly short amounts of time. This presentation will explore techniques used to gain cooperation in medical care via non-coercive training technology for unexpected and planned medical procedures.

NEW! SAVE THE DATE September 30- October 1, 2017 “Avian and Exotic Mammal Training Seminar and Practical Labs”  TBD, Norway. Two day seminar including hands on training opportunities with parrots and small mammals commonly kept as companion animals. Learn the intricate details specific to achieving success when it comes to practical application of training technology with these taxonomic groups. Learning theory as well as the mechanics of training with force free training technology will be explored via lecture, video, discussion, activities and hands on training opportunities. With video examples of animals voluntarily participating in educational programs, intramuscular injections and blood draws without restraint, participants will be inspired by the power of force free animal training. Suitable for veterinary professionals, behavior professionals, zoological professionals as well as companion animal enthusiasts.  Details coming soon!

October 21, 2017 “Parrot Behavior and Training Workshop” Roseville (Minneapolis/St Paul suburb), MN Hosted by the Minnesota Companion Bird Association. Join us for a fun and interactive day learning about how to train your parrot and address common behavior problems. More information can be found at on the Minnesota Companion Bird Association Calendar page. Registration is open and spaces are limited!

November 4-8 , 2017 “Zoological Association of America Conference”  San Antonio, TX, USA Barbara will be presenting an animal training workshop at this conference. http://www.zaa.org/conference/annual-conference

November 12-15 , 2017  “International Animal Training Conference” Twycross, United Kingdom. Hosted by the Twycross Zoo. Barbara will be giving the keynote address at this conference. https://twycrosszoo.org/animal-training-conference/