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peachfronted conures don't understand punishment

I found another book on my shelves that I don't know what to do with. I don't burn books, but I don't want to sell it or give it away, because the advice seems quite dangerous to me. In this parrot training book, we are told how to smack a parrot on the beak to supposedly change its behavior. Just don't go there. The parrot will not learn to change its behavior. The parrot will learn that you're a scary monster who's mean to parrots.

It may take patience, but we train Peachfronted Conures (and all parrots) by rewarding the good behaviors, rather than screaming and hitting and handing out high level "drama rewards" for bad behaviors.

I won't name the bad book here. It doesn't deserve the free advertising...or the drama reward of my attention.

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