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Tame, Trained, Trick-Trained...

Behavior definitions are open to inerpretation.

By Barbara Heidenreich

What's the difference between tame, trained and trick-trained?

My “tame” cockatiel will fly to my head. My “trained” macaw will lie on her back and put her toes in the air for a nail trim. My “trick-trained” Amazon parrot will turn around in a circle when asked. If you are a fan of positive-reinforcement training like me, you may be scratching your head right now feeling a bit confused. What makes tame different from trained or trick-trained?

 **For the full article, pick up the July 2011 issue of BIRD TALK at your local retailer or by purchasing a PDF download here.**

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