Homeward Bound Animal Behavior & Training offers behavior and training services for bird owners.
Common Bird Behavior Problems
We can help address concerns like screaming, feather plucking, aggression, fearfulness, stress free veterinary care, behavior concerns related to hormones, and basic training (stepping up, every day handling, etc.).
Avian Behavior Consultations
If you have a bird with behavioral issues, please reach out to schedule an initial consultation! During this consultation, there are three goals that we will accomplish:
Gather a thorough history
Put together a customized management plan
Determine what our behavior modification (training) plan will be
Management and training go hand-in-hand. We can't be successful in modifying the vast majority of problem behaviors without a modicum of management present. The reason for this is that management is what prevents the bird from practicing problem behaviors as much as humanly possible. If we conduct a training session, make progress, then allow the bird to practice the problem behaviors multiple times between training sessions, then we're taking two steps forward, three steps back. We're essentially spinning our wheels. Once we have a solid management plan in place, we can then discuss behavior modification.
When we discuss the behavior modification plan during the initial consultation, we will set clear, concise training goals, prioritize those goals, then determine how much time we need to get clients well on their way to meeting those goals.
Initial consultations are conducted remotely via Zoom. Clients will receive a recording of the consultation, a detailed post-meeting write up, and customized plans for you to choose from. The cost of the initial consultation is $100. At the time of booking, a $50 non-refundable deposit will be due. The remaining $50 of the initial consultation amount will be due the day of the session itself.
Once training begins, sessions are typically 30 minutes and can be conducted either in-person or virtually.
In-person sessions are $140 per hour (conducted within a 40 mile radius of Wyocena, WI). In-person cases are periodically accepted outside of our service area with an additional mileage fee of $0.625 for every mile driven to and from the client's address. Clients receive a written report after in-person sessions.
Virtual training can be done anywhere and the cost is $100 per hour. Clients receive a written report and a recording of virtual training sessions uploaded to a shared folder.