INTRODUCING ANNE SMERDON'S STUDIO ASSISTANT
VONNEGUT THE PARROT
Vonnegut is my quirky and adorable Indian Ringneck parakeet. He accompanies me in the studio every day, chatting away, dancing to the studio tunes and just generally being cute. He won the title of 'Australia's Greatest Pet', he has his own growing instagram (@facebeak) and Facebook following and has been featured in the newspapers, on the radio and in online media.
ANNE'S PARROT TRAINING GUIDES:
I often get asked by fellow bird-lovers how I trained Vonnegut to be so tame, so I have outlined my training series below. I bought Vonnegut as a baby and hand-tamed him myself which is a HUGE advantage. But I have also re-trained adult aviary birds which were terrified of humans. The method is the same for both instances - I use positive reinforcement.
What is "positive reinforcement?"
I use positive reinforcement to train birds, horses and dogs. Positive reinforcement works by giving the bird a CHOICE. We do not punish them for making the wrong choice but we REWARD the bird for making the right choice (which is the choice we want the bird to make). It helps our birds to want to be with us, to trust us and to become more interested in trying new experiences.
Choose from my training guides below: