West Toowoomba Vet Surgery

357 West Street
Toowoomba, AL 4350



                            Dealing with Bird Behaviour

For hundreds of years people have been keeping birds as companions. Our inability to match our expectations with our birds' capabilities have long led to misunderstandings and conflict between birds and people, often with disastrous results.

  To assist you in both understanding your bird's behaviour and in the 'training' of your bird, the West Toowoomba Vet Surgery has been fortunate in enlisting the aid of Barbara Heidenreich. Barbara has been a professional in the field of animal training since 1990. 
She is the author of "Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavior Problems in Companion Parrots" by Avian Publications and also "The Parrot Problem Solver. Finding Solutions to Aggressive Behavior" by TFH Publications. She is also the producer of the Good Bird Parrot Behavior and Training DVD series. 

She owns and operates a company,Good Bird, Inc.,  that provides behavior and training products to the companion parrot community. These products include Good Bird Magazine, books, videos, and training/behavior workshops. Barbara has provided behavior workshops and/or animal training presentations at the Association of Avian Veterinarians conference, The American Federation of Aviculture conference, The International Parrot Conference at Loro Parque, Parrot Festival, The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators conference, American Association of Zoo Keepers conference, Association of Zoos and Aquariums conference, The Parrot Society of Australia conference and many more. 

She is the past president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators 
and has been on the Board of Directors since 1997. Her expertise has been utilized by the US Dept. of Agriculture, Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous international professional organizations. In the past 4 years she has met and trained over 600 parrots at her workshops. 

It is our hope that this series of articles will give you a better understanding of your bird's behaviour and help you to find solutions that will allow a comfortable and mutually respectful relationship between you both. 

Positive Reinforcement
The Step Up Command


Our Community Commitment:

We are the official vets for the local RSPCA shelter.  We do low cost desexing and health care, as well as support them financially at their events

We offer cheap veterinary treatment to Queensland Animal Rescue,  Bull Arab, The Pawfect Companion and Animal Angels Rescue.

Every year we accept and treat hundreds of wildlife cases, asking only a small donation from those who chose to give.

We contribute to the AVA Petpep scheme.  This involves going out to school and teaching responsible pet ownership to school age children.  If you are a teacher interested in this FREE service, please ring us or the AVA on Tel: 07 3423 1788