Birds Off the Perch: Therapy and Training for Your Pet Bird

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 18, 2003 - Pets - 224 pages
You love your pet bird, even when he misbehaves, but how can you train him with compassion? Birds off the Perch proves that rewarding good behavior is kinder and more effective than traditional discipline through punishment. This revolutionary approach combines the expertise of an animal behaviorist, a companion parrot consultant and a veterinarian who use "family therapy techniques" -- such as learning to respect the bird's boundaries and viewing sibling rivalry in a broad, environmental context -- to help you change the mischievous behavior of domesticated birds, including:
• Biting or aggression • Screaming • Sibling/bird rivalry
• Jealousy toward its human flock members, and • Feather plucking

With additional chapters on choosing the right species for your family, breeding behavior and the appropriate medical care for your bird, Birds off the Perch is the only guide you'll need to keep your pet birds healthy and happy.
 

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Contents

Chapter Birds of a Feather Fly Together
3
A WellBird Checkup
25
Avian E R
35
Canary Cuisine
47
Sex and the Single Parakeet
57
part
67
Jaws
75
Polly Counting Sheep
89
Chapter Flock Wars
119
Green with Envy
129
The Three Faces of Tweety
137
part three
145
Avian Athletics
157
Lassie Come Home
171
Appendices
181
Bibliography References and Suggested Readings
197

Bird Calls
99
Avian Anxiety Disorder
109

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About the author (2003)

Larry Lachman, PsyD, is an animal behavior consultant specializing in dog, cat, and pet bird behavior. He was the Social Cat Columnist for Cat Fancy and lives in Monterey, California.

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