3). Cooperative parrot care with Stephanie Edlund (Sweden)
To celebrate international animal training month – 2018 we are going to focus on Sweden & learn about some amazing animal training projects from some amazing Swedish trainers. You will receive the following 5 items below for FREE over the month of February …
- Cooperative care/husbandry training with dogs example (CLICK HERE).
- Match to sample training (with Friken penguins !) (CLICK HERE)
- Cooperative care/husbandry training with Parrots.
- Positive reinforcement horse riding (CLICK HERE) ?.
- The importance of choice and control in our animal training. (CLICK HERE)
Plus, we are hosting two exclusive live sessions with prominent Swedish trainers/behavior experts (for Animal Training Academy members only):
* (Replay now available in members area) – Peter Giljam (from the Zoospensefull blog) will be running a live web-class on Group training. We’ll discuss the many approaches to training groups of animals, and how this can be achieved with the minimal number of people. We’ll be focussing on the zoo environment, but this content will also be relevant for all species. The class starts at 8 am New Zealand time (click here to convert to your time zone). But if you can’t make it live, you can catch the recording in the member’s area.
* 19th Feb 2018 – Dr. Karolina Westlund, Associate Professor of Ethology – University of Stockholm will be joining us. In this live class will be doing a 30-45 min presentation followed by a live Q&A on animal emotions. This session will start at 8.30am New Zealand time (click here to convert to your time zone) and again, the recording will be available in the members’ area immediately afterward!
Interview with Stephanie transcript. (Scroll down for full 40min podcast interview)
Question: Please introduce yourself?
So, my name is Stephanie Edlund, I live in Sweden, obviously, and I am a certified parrot behavior consultant with the IAABC. I’m also the chairperson for the parrot division there. I’ve worked in zoos previously. I now work as a veterinary assistant at an exotics veterinary clinic. And I also run two companies called DjurSmart for those of you in Sweden, and Understanding Parrots, for those of you not in Sweden.
Question: Tell us about your cooperative parrot training?
Yeah, well, I mean husbandry training is definitely one of those topics that you can make as simple or as complex as you want to, basically. So I mean the gist of it is just regular target training with duration, well-generalized behaviors, and using a lot of counterconditioning and systematic desensitization. So if you’re good at those basics, then you can be great at husbandry training, which is awesome.
And then there’s all sort of intricacies of course, as reading body language and being able to know when to move on to the next steps and things like that that you have to practise to be really good at it, but in essence, if you can do a really well-generalised targeting behaviour, then you can do a lot of really cool husbandry training with that.
… it’s not something that only I can do or only really experienced trainers can do, so I think that everyone could learn how to do that, which is awesome.
Question: can you tell everyone about your experience with Animal Training Academy?
I enjoy every bit of it. I love the Facebook group … just waking up, seeing what everyone has posted in the forums, all their training endeavors, and some really cool questions that make you think about these things that you don’t think about enough. And I love watching the webinars. There’s just so many great things. I’m really glad I get to be a part of it. And of course the podcasts, those are like, oh, the best. So many good ones. So yeah.
Podcast interview with Stephanie
Want to learn from/with an international community of super cool and nerdy animal behavior & training geeks … And attend the next LIVE web-class ?
Then … Check out the link below to learn more about whats on offer … !