National Parrot Rescue
& Preservation Foundation

The Constructional Approach for Parrots: The Breakthrough Procedure Caregivers need to Address Fear and Aggressive Behavior

  • Saturday, September 18, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (CST)
  • Online Event
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Presented by Barbara Heidenreich, Animal Training Consultant and adjunct professor at Texas A&M University

When parrots show fear responses or aggressive behavior, traditionally our first step has involved delivering preferred food items. But for some animals, food holds little value. Trying to use counter conditioning and desensitization can be challenging to apply due to many reasons. Birds often do not appear calm and relaxed, and results are often slowly realized in these cases, if at all. The constructional approach empowers birds to replace fear or aggressive behavior with responses desired by their caregivers. This presentation will show video examples of how the constructional approach is helping birds (and other animals) and improving animal welfare.


Barbara Heidenreich - Animal Training Consultant

Barbara Heidenreich is an animal training consultant specializing in exotic animals. She consults worldwide working with zoos, universities, veterinary professionals, and conservation projects. She has worked onsite with over 80 facilities in 27 countries. She is an adjunct instructor at Texas A & M University. She has produced seven DVDs, authored two books, and contributed to four veterinary textbooks. She is a co-author of the Fear Free® Avian Certification Course. Much of her work focuses on training exotic species to cooperate in medical care. She operates the online education program This virtual learning program features award winning courses, tracks to guide professional development, verifiable badges to share and prove course completion, community, and more. It also features a special Parrot Training Resources Membership for those who want only want access to all of Barbara’s parrot related content.

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Barbara is an advisor for the Animal Training Working Group and the Parrot Taxon Advisory Group for the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums. She has provided her expertise to conservation projects The Kakapo Recovery Program and The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Science in zoology and is currently earning a Master’s degree in applied behavior analysis. Her goal is to leave behind a legacy of kindness to animals by sharing her expertise.

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