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The Parrot Wizard's Guide to Well Behaved Parrots Hardcover – June 1, 2013
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About the Author
In just 5 years I went from someone who wouldn't handle any animals to making TV performances with my parrots. However, it is everything in between that I would like to share that will no doubt be helpful to you.
First and foremost my parrots are my pets. I would not be doing any performances or training with them if I thought it was harmful to them in any way. As it turns out, it's the exact opposite and it brings out the best pet qualities in them. The purpose of this book is to help you achieve the same desirable pet qualities in your companion parrot without becoming a performer or spending too much money.
My parrots taught me how to be firm but gentle, kind but challenging, deliberate but adaptive, and above all patient. It is my purpose to share with you my parrot owning approach in whole that has led to what I would consider some genuinely well-behaved parrots.
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the information in the book I already knew from my own experience, but Michael explains why my hunches are right and how my actions should be repeated every day for better trained parrot. Other things have never occurred to me, such as proper weight management of the parrots. I always thought that my bird should have plenty of food in his cages at all times, but that's not the case. That also explains why my parrot was not really motivated to learn new tricks for food - he is already full! Duh.
I also like the realistic, non-sugar coated approach Michael adopts for the readers. Parrot is NOT a good pet for most households, and this is the first time I saw someone else plainly say it (moreover, in a book!) and explain why. Parrot, no matter the size, is like a little kid who might live to be 80 years old. Parrot is a commitment, but also the best friend you might have. I saw all too often parents walking in the pet store with their kids and buying a budgie (small green, blue, white, or yellow parrots) because it seems like a fun pet and only costs $20. Big, big mistake. Get goldfish instead.
Finally, this book is a collection of instructions on how to do all the cool things with your bird that you wanted to do, but never knew how: put the harness on, take the bird outside, let him fly outside, teach him not to be scared of strangers and new situations...
And of course, I am dying to teach my parrot to fall over "dead" when I "shoot" him as Michael does in one of his youtube videos.Read more ›
Michael Sazhin, The Parrot Wizard brings us a helpful guide, informed by the real-life experiences of the author. Written in an open, easily accessible style throughout, it starts from basics with the hard questions you need to ask yourself before taking on a parrot - whether it's right for you, selecting species and sources, how to prepare for bringing it home, and lifetime costs of parrot ownership.
The guide then takes you through the process of parrot ownership from day one - bringing the bird home, managing those first interactions as you get to know each other, introducing both bird and owner to clicker training. It's in this area where Michael's knowledge and experience truly shines.
Michael first provides guidance on training those essential behaviours needed for day to day living - step up and return to cage, grooming, managing biting with target training - to make your relationship with your parrot easier. These are done in tandem with set routines, sleep and food management for health. With the basics under your belt, then the focus shifts to more enrichment with flight management, tricks and talking.
Two of the stand out chapters are those on Problem Solving and Socialization. All too often we approach complex problems and situations with birds from a human perspective, looking for a recipe to solve all problems.Read more ›
The book provides practical ways to healthily improve the way you interact with your bird. Like many things in life it's not about a single changing event, but rather a process. And I'm learning it's the same way with taming/training your bird.
However, I have personal issues regarding withholding food or limiting food from my parrot in order for him to be hungry so I can use food as a training aid treat...
Austin Texas has a large population of wild Quaker parrots... Stormy was born in the wild, and rescued, by friends of ours, as a baby, after a huge thunderstorm where he got blown out of his nest... We adopted him from them when he was just a little over 1 year old.
When we first got him he would step up on your finger but he didn't want to be touched, and would occasionally bite. Now just two months later he will allow me to scratch his head, scratch his beak, and he will play with me, allowing me to touch him all over without biting (other than playful nibbles that are gentle and do not hurt)!
Stormy has unrestricted 24-hour access to fresh vegetables and fruit and a few treats in his cage at all times. He eats what he wants, when he wants and therefore food is not an obsession for him. Hunger is not necessary for his training!
His training is coming along quite nicely with the only reward being praise, head scratches, and beak scratches!
Follow the methods in this book and you WILL end up with a well-behaved hand tamed parrot.
However, I personally find them to be a bit harsh. I would prefer that my parrot trusted and loved me enough to be trained than to have him do what I want in order to alleviate his hunger
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding information with practical application. I also love his website and videos.Published 9 months ago by Susan
I am really enjoying this book. I already began target training my Conure and teaching her to turn around. It is really exciting to be able to develop a good bond with my birds! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nancy R.
Very well written. We are fixing to get an African gray Timneh. So we have been reading several books and this is the best one yet. Thank you for putting this book out.Published 11 months ago by TL in Texas
It is the holy grail of bird training. You will never find a book as good as this one.Published 12 months ago by Grace Gallentine
Extremely good and enlightening in terms of the comprehensive overview Sazhin gives over parrot care and how and why he has developed his recommendations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A customer
Love the approach Michael takes with parrots. Found some great tips and hints. Has really helping in training my senegal parrot.Published 13 months ago by Running Wild