Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do your sessions work?
A: I travel to your home to observe and work with your animal(s) and you in your daily environment. The first session will typically last to two hours. In this time, I will help you understand what is motivating the behavior(s) and how to get the behavior you want. A session will cover the necessary basic knowledge, demonstration, practice, and a training plan. Following your session, it is helpful to discuss your progress with me through email/text/phone. You may schedule additional sessions for further skills and visits. Additional sessions are usually accomplished in one hour.
Q: How much do you charge?
A: A one-hour session is $60; a two-hour session is $100.
Q: How much is a session with more than one animal?
A: We can work with one animal or multiple animals in a session. All sessions are by time spent together rather than number or species of animals.
Q: How many sessions will it take to train my <animal>?
In your first session, I will share and demonstrate the basic science of behavior – how to understand and communicate with your animal – as well as training strategies to avoid and solve common problem behaviors.
Following your session, I am available by email to support your progress and stay on track with the behavior solutions. You may choose to have additional sessions for further help with your challenges or in-person support in mastering the art and skill of training.
Q: Do you have group classes?
A: Rather than group training classes, I come to your home to work with you and your animal in your own environment. We discuss and observe and solve the specific issues that concern you.
Please contact me to be put on the list for upcoming group training classes (limited number of birds invited for demonstration).
If you are interested in classes to learn the theory and application of the science of learning and behavior, please be sure to let me know.
Q: Where do I go for your training?
A: Working at your home within your animal’s environment allows me to observe, discuss, and best address each individual’s unique challenges and needs. Depending on what we are working on, we will leave your home as appropriates for success in your training and behavior goals.
(Group classes happen in various locations.)
Q: How long will training take?
A: It is up to each individual animal plus your continued correct and consistent training as to how long it will take to accomplish your goal.
Training is a lifestyle – an ongoing relationship that includes being fair and consistent in reinforcing behaviors you like and not reinforcing behaviors you want to fade. Your animal is continually learning therefore you are always teaching (training) whether intentionally or unintentionally!
I can explain and show you the strategies and a training plan in one session of up to 2 hours.
Q: Will you help me with my animal if I live outside of Phoenix / Arizona?
A: Yes. Please contact me to discuss. (480-272-0533 or Barb@HarmonyAnimalBehavior.com or Contact page.)
Q: What is CPBC and CPBT-KA?
A: CPBC = Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant (from IAABC = International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants; http://iaabc.org/)
CPBT-KA = Certified Professional Bird Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (from IATCB = International Avian Trainer’s Certification Board; http://www.iatcb.com/)
Q: Do you work with other animals besides birds?
A: Yes. All behavior and training for any animal has a common foundation rooted in science. Additionally, while I specialize in birds (specifically psittacines), I have experience, education, knowledge and continuing education in a wide variety of species.
Please read my resume on this website for details.
Q: Can my <animal> be trained to do <this>?
A: Your animal can be taught to do anything he or she is physically capable of doing. How much time and effort it would take the teacher and he learner to accomplish depends on the ability of both the animal and the trainer.
Q: Can my animal be trained not to <do this>?
A: In order to teach an animal NOT to do something, we must think in terms of reducing a behavior. Reducing a behavior = punishment (by scientific definition).
Ask yourself “What do I want the animal TO DO INSTEAD?” and then read the above Q&A. Thinking in terms of what you want the animal To Do has us strengthening a behavior = reinforcement (by scientific definition). Scientific research shows us that punishment has detrimental side effects. Details shared, please ask me.
Q: Does my spouse/partner/significant other have to be at my session?
A: I recommend having each of the members of the animal’s household attend at least part of your session. They are a part of your animal’s environment and consistency is key for your animal’s learning.
My goal is to share the simple and effective strategies that will allow you to solve your immediate issues. With this foundation you have the power to live in harmony with an animal in any situation.
I will listen to you. Your concerns and interests and progress are my priority.
My goal is to make the training enjoyable and successful for every individual.
Building your trust and relationship with the animal.
Working together at a pace set by your animal.
Create an environment in which you and your family (humans and animals) live together in harmony.
Barbara Bingham Deutscher, CPBC, CPBT-KA
Harmony Animal Behavior
Creative ideas and training for real life
Working WITH all animals
IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant
IATCB Certified Professional Bird Trainer