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Barbara Heidenreich - Experience is Key

In 1982 Barbara Heidenreich secured her first job working with animals in a veterinary hospital. In 1990 after exploring various animal related professions, Barbara started her career as an animal trainer at a zoological park and has been a professional trainer ever since.  Barbara provides consulting services to zoos, nature centers and other animal facilities (Learn more at ( She lectures regularly to the veterinary community and is an adjunct clinical instructor at Texas A & M University, Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences. She has contributed to two veterinary text books. In her career she has trained animals, trained staff, lectured and/or presented shows at over 50 facilities around the world. (See list below) She volunteers her expertise to support conservation projects, The Kakapo Recovery Program in New Zealand and the Bird Endowment. She has a BS in Zoology from the Univ of California at Davis.

Barbara also owns and operates Good Bird Inc ( that provides behavior and training products to the companion parrot and small mammal communities ( These products include training supplies, books, DVDs, and animal training workshops. Barbara Heidenreich has been a featured speaker on animal training on six continents, over 20 countries and has been published in nine different languages. (For a complete list of past presentations, please view her past calendar. Barbara Heidenreich is a former president of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2009.

Barbara teaches learning theory as described by the science of behavior analysis. She is also passionate about teaching excellent animal training practical application skills. Barbara is thrilled to have had the opportunity to train thousands of animals, from rats to rhinos. This experience makes Barbara’s expertise truly unmatched. This hands-on practice with so many different individual animals has been invaluable to helping her provide caregivers the tools they need to solve behavior problems and have a great relationship with the animals in their lives based on trust. Her goal is to leave behind a legacy of kindness to animals by sharing her expertise.

Private Appearances, Employment or Consultation Work


Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Dallas World Aquarium
Dallas Zoo
Dallas World Aquarium
Santa Barbara Zoo
El Paso Zoo
Brookfield Zoo
Caldwell Zoo
Curacao Zoo
John Ball Zoo
Staten Island Zoo
State Fair of Texas
Disney’s Discovery Island
Marine World Africa USA
Toledo Zoological Gardens
Tautphaus Park Zoo
Gulf Park Marine World
Perth Zoo in Australia
Ocean Park in Hong Kong
Umgeni River Bird Park in South Africa
Africam Safari in Puebla Mexico
Vallarta Adventures in Mexico
Auckland Zoo in New Zealand
Xcaret in Mexico
Wellington Zoo in New Zealand
London Zoo, United Kingdom
Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark
Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Ranch
Austin Zoo
Walsrode Bird Park in Germany
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Helsinki Zoo, Finland
Auckland Zoo, New Zealand
Mill Mountain Zoo
Dublin Zoo, Ireland
Zoo Heidelberg, Germany

Conservation Projects
The Kakapo Recovery Program
The Bird Endowmen

Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and Universities:

University of North Texas - Denton Psychology Dept. O.R.C.A.
University of North Carolina Veterinary Medicine at Raleigh Durham
University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical School
Cornell University Veterinary Medical School
University of Giessen, Germany
University of Vienna, Austria
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Shuttleworth College Bedfordshire, England, UK
Hadlow College, Hadlow, England, UK

Adjunct Instructor
Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical School

Parrot Sanctuaries/Rescues
Tucson Avian Rescue and Adoption Foundation
Parrots and People
The Gabriel Foundation
Best Friends Sanctuary Garden
Phoenix Landing Helping Parrots
Parrots First
Mickaboo Companion Parrot Rescue
Parrot University
Cockatoo Downs
National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation

Resorts & Leisure Destinations
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Westside Tennis and Fitness

Animal Education Centers:
Earth Rangers in Canada
Kaytee Learning Center
Hoo Haven
Science Center of Western Virginia

Published Articles – Magazines

BUST Magazine - USA
Bird Talk Magazine - USA
Birds USA - USA
Rabbits USA- USA
USA Today's Annual Pet Magazine - USA
Pet Age Magazine - USA
Good Bird Magazine - USA
The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators Flyer - USA
Urban Animal - Australia
Bird Keeper - Australia
Parrot News - Australia
Parrots Magazine - United Kingdom
World Parrot Trust Psittascene – United Kingdom
Kaijutin - Finland
Companion Bird - Japan
Woliera - Poland
Papegaaien -The Netherlands
Picos y Plumas - Mexico

*Selected writings by Barbara Heidenreich have been translated into nine different languages


Former Animal Behavior Consultant for major pet product companies Kaytee and SuperPet

International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
- Past president and board of director’s member from 1997 to 2009

American Zoological Association

The Animal Behavior Management Association- charter member

American Federation of Aviculture


Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from the University of California at Davis


DVDs, Books and Magazine Produced by Barbara Heidenreich

Parrot Behavior and Training
Training Your Parrot for the Veterinary Exam
Understanding Parrot Body Language
Get Your Bird Back
The Basics of Parrot Training: A Live Workshop
Train Your Parrot to Talk
Bunny Training 101
Guinea Pig Training 101

Good Bird! A Guide to Solving Behavior Problems in Companion Parrots: Also in Spanish and Russian
The Parrot Problem Solver: Also in Japanese
Guest Editor and Chapter Author: Veterinary Clinics of North America Exotic Animal Practice 2012 Animal Learning and Behavior
Chapter Author: Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice 2014 Gastroenterology

Good Bird Magazine


2010 “Behavior of the Year Award"
For consulting work on training an exhibit harpy eagle to accept the application of anklets and jesses without restraint

2009 “Behavior of the Year Award”
For consulting work on training king vultures in a breeding situation for husbandry and medical behaviors.

2004 “High Flyer Award”
Best Conference presentation International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators.

2003 “Behavior of the Year Award”
For training a macaw to voluntarily participate in nebulization.

Sample Professional Articles:

Resources For Zoo Professionals:

Animal Training Webinars for Zoo Professionals
Animal Training Consulting Services
Animal Training Courses and Workshops



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