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Keeping Things Simple

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Keeping Things Simple

When we have behavioral problems with our birds, it can be very hard to think clearly and sometimes our own behavior is irrational. We love our parrots as our children. We watch with pride as they learn...

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When Birds Prefer The New Bird To Their Humans…

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When Birds Prefer The New Bird To Their Humans…

Q:  "I have a seven year old male cockatiel, Cubby, that I have always had a close bond with. We were best friends until six months ago when I got another cockatiel (male) to keep him company.  Now he wants...

 

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Misunderstanding Positive and Negative Reinforcement

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Misunderstanding Positive and Negative Reinforcement

Hyacinth Macaw

I was talking to a lady at work who was telling me that she was beginning to train her new Boston terrier puppy.  I asked her how she intended to train it: “Oh, definitely with positive reinforcement, I would never punish a dog!”  As she continued to talk, I realized that she took punishment to be the opposite of positive reinforcement.  A lot of people make this same mistake.

The misconception seems to come from the words positive and negative and people’s misunderstanding of the word reinforcement.

First, a reinforcement is ...

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