Parrots are highly intelligent and social creatures whose mental and physical health depends on intellectual stimulation and social engagement.  Parrot Trooper training provides much needed human interaction for the parrots in our care.  It disrupts and lessens negative behaviours and also provides the foundation for future training and integration into new homes.


What is Parrot Trooper training?  

Parrot Trooper training pairs parrots waiting for adoption with people ages 13 and up who want to learn how to train animals using positive reinforcement (the same training used in zoos, aquariums, and exotic rehabilitation centres.)


What do Parrot Troopers do?

Parrot Troopers learn how to relate to and handle non-domesticated animals and shape behaviour using positive reinforcement. Troopers establish a trusting relationship with a parrot and train behaviours appropriate for the species.  Parrot-human teams have the option to educate and entertain at public events such as birthday parties, church and civic events, as well as fund raisers.


What do Parrot Troopers learn?

During the course of training, Troopers will learn:

  • How to Train any Animal using Positive Reinforcement
  • How to Interact with Prey Animals
  • How to Address and Solve Problems
  • How to Quickly Build Trusting Relationships with Animals and Humans
  • How to Influence without Force
  • How to Increase Personal Effectiveness and Reduce Worry, Stress and Nervousness
  • How to Present Information and Communicate in an Engaging Manner
  • How to Encourage and Reinforce Teamwork


What’s Required to Be a Parrot Trooper?

Troopers must be at least 13 years old and have a deep love and commitment for animals.  They are expected to follow all health and safety procedures.  If under 18, they will be required to have their guardian’s written consent, and maintain a B+ average in school.

Before training begins Troopers have a chance to spend time in the aviary in order to gain exposure to parrots and learn about their nature and needs.  Aviary time can be applied toward the volunteer requirement for high school graduation, and is designed to provide an opportunity to meet a variety of parrot species and personalities, and to select an appropriate parrot with which to begin training.

Troopers become ‘avian ambassadors:’ they educate others regarding their parrot’s natural instincts, habitat, and the struggles of their avian counterparts in the wild and in our homes.


How Does Parrot Trooper Training Pay for Itself?

After Successful Completion Troopers Receive:

  • twenty dollars per hour for event participation
  • minimum wage for aviary cleaning and maintenance
  • free event marketing materials
  • a referral fee for each event secured

Parrot Troopers are also encouraged to market their animal handling skills as exotic and domestic animal sitters, day care providers, and trainers.


What Topics Do We Cover?

Lessons are a mixture of theory, hands-on parrot training and bonding exercises.

  • “Who’s who in the Human and Animal Zoo?’
  • The Least you Should know about Parrot Anatomy and Parrot First Aid
  • Fight, Flight, & Freeze Instinctual Drives in Prey Animals
  • Parrot Body Language & Communication
  • Parrot Species – Basic Temperaments, Wants and Needs
  • Clicker Training for your Parrot – can you do this?
  • What happens at a Party, Fund Raiser, or Promotional Event?
  • Your Role and Responsibilities as a Parrot Trooper


What, When, How and How Much?

Parrot Troopers undergo 10 hours of training divided into 4 sessions.  Our continuous enrollment format allows you to begin as soon as you are ready. Classes are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Cost $200


The cost covers time, location, and materials. Training fees can be paid up front, or 50% can be taken on credit and paid back by working ‘pro bono’ public engagements.




What Happens After the First Troopers Course?

We offer a variety of courses and camps and you can learn advanced handling and training skills and work towards becoming either a Master Trainer and/or a Troop Leader.  These courses include:

Avian First-Aid & Nutrition

Avian Life Enrichment

Behaviour Modification And Physical Rehabilitation

Troop Leaders are taught advanced leadership skills such as influencing and managing, human dynamics.