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It's A Team Effort

A well-behaved parrot is everyone's responsibility.

By Rebecca K. O'Connor

A united front is critical for behavioral successOne of the biggest challenges that parrot owners contend with is getting everyone in the house on the same page. Consistency and agreement are critical to any training plan. Just ask any teenager who has played their mom off their dad to extend their curfew. A united front is critical for behavioral success.

The challenge with parrots is that they are long-lived, extremely observant and very smart. Fortunately, all of these wonderful attributes also contribute to the solution. You don’t have to outwit your parrot, you simply need to understand that every interaction with it is a training session. Everyone must agree what you are trying to teach the parrot and how you are going to do it.

 **For the full article, pick up the June 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**

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