Training Resources & Consultations for Dog & Pet Bird Owners

Pet Behavior Training

Well-trained pets are happy members of your family. Our professional staff offers guidance in addressing behavioral issues and training concerns. Trust your Summertree veterinary professionals to assist you in managing your special pet.


Benefits of Training

Without training, or as a result of an owner’s misguided efforts, pets often develop behaviors that undermine the human–animal relationship. Aggression, jumping, house soiling, refusing to respond to commands—these are only a few of the pet problems that can cause frustration and dismay in owners. Simple techniques for basic training can be used to help correct these and other behaviors and enhance the relationship between pets and their owners.

Some pet behaviors may occur as a result of medical issues: infections, diseases, parasites, and pain. Even a move to a new home or changes in the composition of your family can trigger misbehavior. A veterinary exam will help determine if there is a physical cause for your pet’s problem behaviors or if basic training techniques would be useful.

Preventing behavior problems with basic, positive reinforcement training is highly recommended. If your pet is already exhibiting troublesome behaviors, don’t wait!  The longer a negative behavior is exhibited, the more difficult it can be to correct.

Contact our office with questions and concerns about your pet’s behavior.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has a variety of good articles on common behavior problems for pet owners.

Visit the AAHA Healthy Pet website for help in preventing or addressing problem behavior in pets.


Dog Training

Behavior training is a must for every dog owner to prevent accidents or injury, to enhance the pet’s adjustment to domestic living, and to promote the human–animal bond.

We recommend the following trainers:

Phoenix Behavior Consulting
Contact Jerry Patillo at (214) 784–8520
Offers both group classes and one-on-one training
pbcdallas@yahoo.com
www.pbcdallas.com

Prep School for Canines
Contact Peggy McConnell at (214) 789–6960
Offers boarding school and home consultations
prepk9@aol.com

Breyers Canine Home Academy
Contact (469) 237–0099
Offers dog training, pet sitting, and professional show handling
breyerslane@gmail.com



Bird Training

Our avian behavior consultant offers one-on-one consultations to bird owners, providing positive reinforcement training, support, and guidance in raising and caring for these special pets.

In the wild, birds spend most of their time foraging for food. We encourage this behavior in the home environment. As birds are very intelligent creatures, foraging provides the mental stimulation and challenge they require to be happy and content.

We recommend simulating flock behaviors such as eating together or hanging out together (preferably on a stand or boing) while you are watching TV or working on the computer.

For additional information and techniques ask for our, “Keys to a Healthy, Happy Bird” handout at your next visit!


Avian Care Resources

We recommend the following videos as a great resource in providing positive reinforcement training and setting up a foraging environment for the mental and physical well-being of your feathered friends.

These DVDs are available for purchase at our Summertree hospital location.

CAPTIVE FORAGING: The next best thing to being free

by M. Scott Echols, DVM, Dipl ABVP - Avian Practice
Understand the natural foraging instinct of all animals, and learn how to prevent unwanted behaviors, such as feather destruction and repetitive functionless activity. Learn how to build a foraging tree for captive birds and create other foraging toys—from basic to advanced—to keep birds occupied and happy.

Parrot Behavior and Training #1

by Barbara Heidenreich
The first in a series of Parrot Behavior and Training DVDs, this DVD covers the basic fundamentals of training with positive reinforcement. Barbara gives you detailed instructions on how to shape behavior. Her training subjects are companion parrots learning behaviors for the first time. Be the first to experience these special moments of learning captured on film.

Training for the Veterinary Exam #2

by Barbara Heidenreich
Make you bird’s next visit to the veterinarian stress free! This DVD shows you how to train your parrot to cooperate in his or her own medical care. Step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to train each behavior.

Understanding Parrot Body Language

by Barbara Heidenreich
Reading your parrot’s body language is one of the most important skills you can learn to help you build a relationship with your parrot based on trust. It is how your parrot communicates. In this DVD, professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich guides you through the process of looking at a combination of body parts and what they are doing under different circumstances to give you an idea of just what might be going on in those very special bird brains.

Train Your Parrot to Talk

by Barbara Heidenreich
In this DVD, professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich teaches you how to train a parrot to talk. She addresses common myths about talking parrots, which birds make ideal candidates for talking, the most effective ways to expose your parrot to sounds you want repeated, proven methods for encouraging your parrot to vocalize, and, most importantly, how to train your parrot to talk on cue. Also included is an appearance by Einstein, the Talking Texan Parrot, plus an interview with her human companions. Bonus CD-ROM includes recordings of a variety of species of parrots vocalizing to inspire your bird to talk.

Get Your Bird Back!

by Barbara Heidenreich
There are few things more heartbreaking than when a beloved parrot accidentally escapes. Barbara Heidenreich and Robin Shewokis were inspired to make this DVD by the thousands of pleas from parrot owners desperately seeking help to recapture a lost bird. This DVD features detailed instructions to help you get your lost parrot back, as well as useful tools such as lost bird flyers, lists of people to contact, and a variety of parrot calls. This DVD is a must for any parrot owner. Be prepared. Learn in advance how to prevent the heartache so many have experienced when a parrot is lost. You CAN get your bird back, and this DVD can help.

Expert Companion Bird Care Series (Volume 1)

by Dr. M. Scott Echols & Dr. Brian L. Speer
This comprehensive DVD series is the first of its kind to be created by recognized avian veterinarians, teachers, aviculturists, enthusiasts, and pet store owners. Drs. Scott Echols (author of Captive Foraging) and Brian L. Speer (author of Birds for Dummies and The Large Macaws) work with world-renowned avian educators to bring you the best information on bird care. Volume 1 is taught by avian veterinary specialists and covers: How to Identify Commonly Kept Parrot Species; Housing and Caging Materials; Basic Avian Nutrition; Household Dangers and Toxins; Identifying When Your Bird is Sick; and How to Select an Avian Veterinarian.

Expert Companion Bird Care Series (Volume 2)

by Dr. M. Scott Echols & Dr. Brian L. Speer
This comprehensive DVD series is the first of its kind to be created by recognized avian veterinarians, teachers, aviculturists, enthusiasts, and pet store owners. Drs. Scott Echols (author of Captive Foraging) and Brian L. Speer (author of Birds for Dummies and The Large Macaws) work with world-renowned avian educators to bring you the best information on bird care. Volume 2 is taught by avian specialists and covers: The History of Bird Keeping; Selecting a Bird That Fits Your Lifestyle; and Understanding Aviculture.