Parrot Trooper

Trooper Training

Parrots are highly intelligent and social creatures whose mental and physical health depends on intellectual stimulation and social engagement. Parrot Trooper training provides much needed human interaction for the parrots in our care. It disrupts and lessens negative behaviours and also provides the foundation for future training and integration into new homes.

What is Trooper Training?

Parrot Troopers training pairs parrots waiting for adoption with people ages 13 and up who want to learn how to train animals using positive reinforcement (the same training used in zoos, aquariums, and exotic rehabilitation centers).

What do Parrot Troopers do?

Parrot Troopers learn how to relate to and handle non-domesticated animals and shape behaviour using positive reinforcement. Troopers establish a trusting relationship with a parrot and train behaviours appropriate for the species. Parrot-human teams have the option to educate and entertain at public events such as birthday parties, civic events, as well as fund raisers.


Trooper Training

Troopers must be at least 13 years old and have a deep love and commitment for animals. They are expected to follow all health and safety procedures. If under 18, individuals are required to have their guardian's written consent, as well as maintain a B+ average in school. Before training begins, Troopers will have a chance to spend time in the aviary in order to gain exposure to parrots and learn about their nature and needs. This time can be applied towards high school graduation volunteer requirements. It also allows for the ability to meet a variety of parrot species and personalities, as well as select a parrot with which to begin training.


Being a Parrot Trooper pays for itself!

After successful completion, Troopers receive:

  • $20/hour for event participation
  • Minimum wage for aviary cleaning and maintenance
  • Free event marketing materials to hand out
  • A referral incentive for each event secured

Parrot Troopers are also encouraged to market their animal handling skills as exotic and domestic animal sitters, day care providers, and trainers.

Cost and Time Requirement

Parrot Troopers undergo 10 hours of training divided into 4 sessions. Our continuous enrollment format allows you to begin as soon as you are ready.

Classes are held on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from
4 pm to 6 pm.

The cost is $200.

This cost covers time, location and materials. Training fees can be paid up front, or 50% can be taken on credit and paid back by working 'pro bono' at public engagements.

Sign Me Up

If parrot troopers sounds like a program you want to get involved with, get in contact with us here.

Advanced Training

Want to take your skills to the next level?

Learn about how you can improve the skills you learn form our Parrot Trooper program and work towards becoming a Master Trainer and/or Troop Leader by clicking here.