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About the Author

My involvement with parrots started out much like with any other parrot owner. I was looking for a pet, thought a bird might be fun, and got one at a pet shop. I knew nothing about how to handle one and had to learn it all from scratch.

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Parrot Wizard (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626208042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626208049
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I almost never write book reviews but I had to go out of my way for this one. I have owned parrots for many years and I have volunteered at a bird rescue in North Carolina. Having this background, I find this book extremely helpful.

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.
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I've read many books on the subject of birds, and there are many specialised books on species-specific health and training around. However until now, I've never read a book that sets about filling the gaps between those books with a detailed, practical and realistic insight on just how one goes about living with these intelligent creatures.

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.
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Michael's book is a breath of fresh air. Being at my wit's end on how to tame/train my male Black-Capped Conure, I sought sound advice. I felt I couldn't get answers back from reliable sources that catered to my particular situations with my small bird. I set up a consultation with Michael and he was very helpful. I ordered his book and since reading it and applying the steps, I've starting to see drastic improvements with Sammy. We still have a LONG ways to go, but I can admit it's getting a little better already.
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.
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By Timmy Z. on November 19, 2013
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I have recently acquired a rescued African Grey and read several books. This one, BY FAR, has been the most informative about how to raise a well behaved bird. I have already begun using many of the training skills and have had great success. My bird LOVES training! There are also a lot of YouTube videos that Michael Sazhin has posted that supplement the book. I feel that this book is a must have for anyone thinking of getting a parrot or even anyone who already has one.
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I have to start by saying that Michael's methods work, his results are undeniable.

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
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