Solve your most stubborn bird behavior challenges using the key components of learning theory and behavior science.

The Problem Solving Paradigm

"It's amazing how much you can accomplish once you are able to communicate with your bird in a way they understand! I had no idea I was getting in my own way.
Do yourself a favor and get this course!"
-Teresa C.

Have you ever been trying to train your bird a new skill, and LIFE just gets in the way???

Whether it's family members, outside construction, the mailman -

uncontrollable variables that happen in everyday life can get in the way of progress.

Life happens! We get it and while you may think you have to be training your bird  24/7 to move forward, that simply is not realistic or necessary!

The Problem Solving Paradigm was created to help you manage really complex and sometimes uncontrollable variables.

This is an algorithm we developed at Avian Behavior International after working with thousands of birds and their handlers.

Instead of focusing on just positive reinforcement, we are going to teach you how to use mutually beneficial behaviors and apply realistic methodologies that fit your environment and skill level to realize ACTUAL behavioral change.


Solving your bird behavior challenges isn't about doing more of what ISN'T working. Change the way you look at your bird issues and you will change your results.

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    Whether you have been training birds for years or are just getting started, you will encounter problem behaviors that you just can't seem to fix.

    To make it worse, you try piecing together a lot of random information from the internet, and rely on "tried and true" methodologies that aren't specific to your situation and NOT working for you or your situation.

    Unfortunately, your actions (or inactions) are literally influencing your bird's behaviors, making stubborn problems harder to fix.

    When we are faced with a problem behavior, the fundamental truth to keep in mind is that we can’t change the behavior itself,  but we CAN change the conditions the behavior occurs in.

    Only then do we see actual behavior change. When we keep providing the same environmental conditions, we will see the same behavior play out.

    When we have problem behavior that has become extreme, meaning perhaps we have very few if any windows of mutually beneficial behavior, it can feel really daunting. Where do we even begin?

    Here's the truth... the more your birds do something, the more they do something. The more they bite, the more they bite. The more they retreat and avoid you, the more they avoid you. The more a parrot talks (and gets a dramatic reaction from us) the more they talk.

    Changing stubborn problem behaviors requires a DIFFERENT level of thinking.

    In the Problem Solving Paradigm, you are going to learn how to use the key components of learning theory and behavior science to:

    • Create value in mutually beneficially behaviors
    • Build skills to that raise up your bird’s level of fluency with beneficial behaviors overall
    • Allow you to understand your role in the bird’s behavioral repertoire
    • Apply realistic methodologies that fit your environment and skill level to realize actual behavioral change

    This course focuses on helping you retrain your own brain from fixed patterns that aren't serving you, while helping you see your bird challenges from a different point of view so you can solve ANY challenge despite the situation or circumstance.

    ‘I have learned much from your webinars and classes. I would highly recommend Avian Behavior for anyone interested in building a solid foundation in bird training.”


    About your instructor

    Hillary Hankey

    Hillary Hankey is a world renowned professional bird trainer, behavior consultant, and falconer. For over 20 years, she has worked at and consulted for zoos and educational facilities to help bring adventurous and intimate animal encounters to guests all over the world. 

    In 2013, Hillary founded Avian Behavior International, a bird training and education organization, located on 22 acres in San Diego, California. Hillary spends her days analyzing, studying and practicing the art and science of animal training with a diverse collection of birds in Southern California, while also passionately raising awareness and funds for critical conservation challenges around the planet.

    With a goal of helping to strengthen the connection between animals and the humans that care for them with the most progressive, positive, and constructional techniques, Hillary offers numerous in person workshops, online courses, and is also the founder of The Avian Behavior Lab, where she offers online training tutorials and guidance for animal lovers of all levels.


    What you will learn in the Problem Solving Paradigm

    Using the key components of learning theory and behavior science, you will understand how to view motivation, reinforcement, retention, and transference to solve everything from simple to complex problems.

    As with any change regimen, the beginning stages take effort. We are re-training our own brain from habits that may not have suited us, but produced predictable outcomes. We may have even worn deep grooves in to these tracks of behavior patterns by rehearsing the behavior-consequence exchange for years. In this module, you will learn how to break old habitual thinking, create new habits, and get comfortable in a different mindset.

    The first step in our problem solving algorithm is to prevent the problem behavior from happening. Prevention is not the same as stopping the behavior once it starts. Prevention means that we don’t even want the bird to come into contact with the cues that set the behavior off in the first place.

    Once you learn prevention strategies, the next component of sustainable behavior change is identifying skills that the bird has or needs to have that they can do instead of the problem behavior that are equally as valuable to them as the problem behavior is.

    Once we have set up our foundation, assessed our contingencies, and built some skills, we have essentially been working in a heavily structured training environment. Now we need to transition to our natural environment. This lesson not only focuses on our bird’s behavior, but walks us through step by step how to assess session intervals, plan for setbacks and what to do when things go wrong, and gives us a robust chance for success.

    How this course sets you up for success

    We know it can feel intimidating to change your own paradigm of training and do things in ways that you aren't accustomed to. Especially with all of the information available online, the different styles and behavior philosophies, it can send you down a confusing, one way rabbit hole.

    But on the other side, when you know how to see things from a different perspective, get real results by applying a different way of thinking, you will have more confidence in your own skills and intuition, and be able to solve other challenges in the future yourself!

    This class is only offered for a limited time!

    Build trust and confidence in yourself by learning the Problem Solving Paradigm. 
    It will change the way you approach bird behavior challenges forever!

    The Problem Solving Paradigm



    • Lessons including step by step training
    • Teacher's notes

    Have questions?

    Here are some of our commonly asked questions.

    How long does it take to complete this course?

    This course has 5 modules. Everybody's learning pace is different, but if you set a goal to watch one lesson a day, it should take you about a week to finish the course bundle. We recommend you go at your own pace and watch lessons multiple times if need be to really understand the concept.

    What format is this course in?

    The course is on demand streaming video. It includes step by step, guided examples of the content we provide, with proven results from our decades of experience.

    How will this course help me solve my bird challenges?

    The problem solving paradigm will help you see your bird challenges from a different perspective, allowing you to change your approach and get the results you want. So often we get caught up in "one way" habitual ways of doing things. For example, many people teach "positive reinforcement" as the only way to solve bird issues. But that is limited in the results it can bring, and may keep you in a loop of bad behavior, brought on by repetition of a method that is't working.

    How long will it take to see results?

    Once you start applying what you learn in these courses, you will start seeing results and you'll have the confidence knowing you are setting your bird up for success.

    How long do I have access to this course?

    Once you purchase the course, you will have lifetime access to it so you can refer to it if you need a refresher.

    What if I find that this course is not for me? Can I get a refund?

    We strongly stand behind what we teach at Avian Behavior. However we understand that our style of teaching may not resonate with everyone. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

    My bird's behavior issues were really out of control. You not only helped me fix those issues, but you helped me build a bond with my bird. And that's priceless!

    Sabrina O.

    The importance of knowing where your animal behavior information comes from cannot be understated. The experience here at Avian Behavior Lab comes from Founder Hillary Hankey's years as a professional behavior consultant for zoos and companion animal owners around the world, managing a training organization, and living with and training animals just like yours.

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