Parrots Are Our Passion. Animal Welfare Is Our Cause.

Education Is Our Mission.

RESCUE TRAINING

Why train animals waiting for adoption?

The principles of humane training you will learn with us apply to ANY animal under any circumstance. Tiger, dolphin, cat, or guppy, it makes no difference. We take our students to different rescues to experience training non-traditional species of animals such as pigs, ponies, and cats. Our aviary houses relinquished parrots many of whom are waiting for adoption, and they too figure prominently in your training.

Using unfamiliar species and settings benefits your learning experience as much as it benefits the rescued animal’s psychological and physical well being. Positive reinforcement has a great deal of value to relinquished and displaced animals. Significant gains can be accomplished in relatively little time. These gains disrupt unwanted behaviour and increase the animals’ chances for adoption, all while increasing your skills in animal communication and training.

TROOPERS TRAINING

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.

 

TRAINING CAMPS

Training Camps have a more intensive schedule designed for those who want to learn a lot in less time.

Camps are run for 3 days, 5 hours a day.

See the dates available HERE

Cost $220




We provide fridge, microwave, drinking water, indoor bathroom, barbeque. Food is not included.

TRAINING FOR PETS AND THEIR PEOPLE

Clicker training is a proven, science-based way to train and communicate pet training with your pet. It’s easier to learn than standard command-based training and you can clicker train any kind of animal, of any age. When you train your pets you allow them to use their natural abilities, and offer them mental and physical stimulation. Clicker training is lots of fun and it develops and strengthens your bond with your pet.

It is also a tool for you to engage in more activities with your pet, improve your pet’s behavior, clip your pet’s nails without a fight, teach your pet to have more confidence, or simply enhance your relationship with your pet. High Five!

Classes are formed based on demand.

Individual sessions are $25 per hour.

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TRAINING FOR PARROTS AND THEIR PEOPLE

The #1 reason for relinquishment, “not enough time” may be valid in our society and these economic times. However it is more of a reflection of dissatisfaction with the relationship, unfulfilled expectations, or boredom with the parrot because of the inability of the owner to communicate their wants and needs. Unfulfilled needs of the parrot result in misbehavior which further weakens the bond. All these issues can be resolved by humane training and environmental enrichment.

The parrot-human relationship challenges both parties intellectual and emotional capacity. More effort is needed to elicit a positive response from these animals. Birds require more consistency to train than dogs and cats and lose pet quality faster when there is no regular interaction.

If you are a new owner of a parrot, learning to train and communicate using scientific principles and humane methods will get your relationship off on the right foot. If you are a long-time parrot owner, our teaching approach will help answer the question: ‘what do I do now?!’ or “how do I stop that?!” Miscommunication and unmet expectations will not stress your bond any longer.

Parrots need stimulating interaction from their environment. Try teaching birds to:

Spread their wings, jump, whistle, turn around, pull up the bucket, wave.

Eat with a spoon, drink from a cup, or other fun behaviors that also help come medicine time.

Flap, turn somersaults, dance or jump for much needed exercise.

Classes are formed based on demand.

Individual sessions are $25 per hour.

We gratefully accept donations. Your money will go to keeping the parrots healthy and happy 🙂

Our parrots need and love volunteers. The time you spend with our birds is a very valuable contribution to our cause. Come and join our flock! Thank you for your support!