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When People Beak Their Minds

 

There's nothing you can say about yourself that's as compelling as what others say about you. 

Here are some very supportive comments from many bird club officers and others who have worked with Ken

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Seeing is Believing

By David Howell

 

former President of the Tri State Avian Society

 

Ken’s philosophy is pretty simple:  take the bites, endure the pain, show the bird that you’re not going to give up, back off or throw in the (bloodstained) towel. 

Ken can take charge of a room quite easily. He’s got that kind of personality. When he talks, people lean forward to listen and you can see the respect build in people’s eyes as his sessions go on. When he approaches a bird, however, he is all calmness, peace, and as he puts it, “all about lowering energy.” 

Now...Ken’s not normally a “low energy” person. Quick to smile, easily banters, good humor and devilishly sly wit are ways I’d describe his personality.  But, when he approaches a bird that has not been touched...literally NOT TOUCHED...in years, he’s all business. 

First thing that happened at our demonstration was a massive bite from a large macaw!  Right on the forearm and the upper and lower mandibles met in the middle!  That’s GOTTA hurt.  It didn’t bleed much, but it sure did bruise and swell immediately. This happened while we were still setting up and it wasn’t even while he was actually trying to work with the bird. It was just a “Hey, how are you” kind of gesture, but quick like snake, the macaw nailed him.  Ken took the bite, did NOT pull back.  Good thing, that.  I think he’d have lost a substantial chunk of flesh had he jerked his arm back, as I almost certainly would have done. I do NOT know how the man endures bites from macaws, cockatoos, amazons, greys and all the other HARD biters.

In fact, on Friday night, at our little dinner reception for him, I made a point of examining his hands.  At first, I did it surreptitiously, looking for signs of damage to his digits...or if he was missing one or two.  They were all there, but you CAN see some of the lingering marks of encounters past.  I finally asked him how his hands were bearing up after so many sessions, so many bites.  He showed me some scars and he can tell you  the different styles of biting that are associated with a bird. 

Oh...this is a good time to dispel some myths about Ken. He gets a lot of bad press from some highly respected, but sadly misguided professionals, in the bird world. I’ve seen the man up close and personal twice now and I can tell you from first hand observation what’s what with how he handles birds.

There is NO cruelty.  NO big gloves.  NO “flooding,” as some psychologists call it.  That’s overloading on something that causes problems until the fear goes away. Imagine being in a room full of spiders if you have arachnophobia.  You stay there till you’re on a first name basis with the little eight-legged critters. That’s flooding.  Ken does NOT flood. 

His gloves have been called by some, “welder’s gloves.” NOT so.  They’re doe skin, soft and thin.  I’ve seen thicker gardening gloves. Hardly a deterrent at all from a bite and he ONLY wears them with the most difficult birds.  Ninety percent of the time, he’s bare-handed.  If I were up there, the percentages would be exactly reversed, I’m sure.

So, to those critics of Ken Globus...I say this...come and talk to ME!  Talk to ANYONE who’s actually seen the miracles he performs. Stop making prejudicial and ridiculous judgments based on hearsay, second hand and inaccurate information and suppositions.  Talk to the people who are able to handle their birds for the first time in years after a few minutes with Ken.  Talk to attendees of his seminars who cry, because they are able to actually touch their previously untouchable bird.  Talk to someone who has SEEN Ken in action.  Then form your opinion of his methods and means.  I’ll stand by this opinion:  “Ken Globus is the premier bird behavior modification specialist in the country today.” That’s MY story and I’m stickin’ to it!

The simple and effective methods Ken uses make intuitive sense to me, but they run counter to just about everything I read, found, studied and believed from the so-called “experts” in bird behavior. 

I was told it could take months or even years to gain a high degree of trust with my bird.  Now, I know that was not only poorly considered advice, but that it was just plain WRONG! 

Ken demonstrates that gaining the confidence of a bird can take only minutes.  Yes...MINUTES!   Here are some photos I took during a ten minute session with a very big and very angry macaw.  I turned them into a collage that shows the very obvious anger of the bird first, then Ken’s efforts to come into the bird’s “bubble of fear.” 

 

 

Then, using that “low energy” I mentioned earlier, Ken proceeds to gently touch the bird, backs off when it gets irate, lowers the energy level and comes back to the bird again.  At the end of ten minutes, he’s holding the bird close to his body and he freely touches the bird’s head and back.  No screaming, no biting, no flying away...no struggling of any kind.  The bird accepts Ken’s closeness and touching as though he’d known Ken for years.

Now...the best part.  When he teaches the owners how to do this, they touch a much-loved bird for the first time in a loooong time!  Tears were shed.  Tears of happiness and relief, not pain or anguish.  Touching a bird that has been untouchable can do that to someone who truly cares about birds.  I’ve seen it and I can tell you that Ken CARES about every bird he encounters. 

Finally, I’d like to encourage you to visit Ken’s web site if you have a bird with behavior problems.  There are some tips and techniques that he freely shares with everyone that you could apply to your own situation with a difficult bird.  I feel that with Caribe and Augustus, our magnificent African Grey...we don’t necessarily NEED professional help. But, I found tricks there to help me with Caribe and Susan found info she’s using with Augustus.  Both our birds are better for it and it has improved the degree and depth of our relationships with our birds.  And, in the final analysis...that’s what it’s all about. 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Wendt - Former Chicago Bird Club board member

 

I'm not sure there are words to describe it - Amazing? Unbelievable?  Heartwarming? Magnificent?  Impressive beyond words? Nothing really expresses the feeling I got watching you work with birds that for one reason or another were fearful of getting close to their human caretakers. 

The love you showed for both the troubled birds and the anxious caretakers overwhelmed me.  These were people and birds you had never met before that day yet you showed such compassion for their plight and worked to relieve the anxiety of both bird and person. 

 I don't know how many people have had an experience in their life that has touched them in such a profound way that it will never be forgotten but I know I had that experience last weekend.  Yes, I was one of those crying - such tears of joy.  You experienced some nasty bites but you continued to work like nothing had happened with only the goal of maintaining complete safety for the bird and relieving the bird's fear and anxiety.  You obviously knew what you were doing as the end result was so heartwarming - seeing the birds being held and responding to their owners with such love and joy - I'm still talking about it to anyone that will listen. 

If you watched the birds closely you could see their eyes change and it was almost like the bird looked around and said Wow, this is ok!”  That is exactly how I read the eyes and expressions of the birds at the workshop.  …you’re releasing them from their prisons of fear. 

I would urge everyone, please, sign up for a Ken Globus workshop.  Get a group together and sponsor him - you won't be disappointed!   In fact, you’ll be amazed.  You will probably be the next person writing a letter to Ken telling what a wonderful experience you had.

We’re so pleased that we’ll be bringing Ken back next year.  If you would like to be contacted, or if you have any questions, my email address is included.

 Sharon Wendt, Board Member - a Ken Globus Supporter for life after watching a first hand experience!  SharW4147@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Dykstra, Former President, Great Lakes Avicultural Society, Grand Rapids, MI 

 

I watched Ken work on four separate occasions and each time he achieved immediate results.  I wish he offered an apprentice program; I'd sign up in a heartbeat.  He works what many would call miracles.  Mary Dykstra

 

 

 

Lin Westgard, President of the Alaska Bird Club

 

Hi Ken.  When our club membership voted to have you as the guest for our 6th Annual Companion Bird Seminar, I had no idea what that would mean, both to me and to our members.  The response has been overwhelming.  Till now, every other bird seminar in Anchorage had reached a core group of 40-50 people.  When your workshop registration reached over 100 people, I was amazed.  I made every effort to accommodate everyone and still had a waiting list.  

The wonderful, complimentary follow-up e-mails are still arriving letting us know that there are people out there helping other people with what they learned from you.  So, your bird handling and taming techniques are spreading through Alaska!   

You probably hear this a lot, but I wouldn't have believed some of the things I saw had I not seen them with my own eyes. Your presentation was outstanding.  Your results were even more spectacular.  Thank you so much for coming and I look forward to having you back.  Lin Westgard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradley Baldwin -  President, Quad Cities Parrot Society

 

Ken - Thank you so much for coming and helping to make our first bird fair such a tremendous success!! 

I have heard so many great comments from the people who attended your workshop.

I learned so much from you myself at the workshop.  I hope we can do this again in the future.   I think you have a very special talent and it is great that you can share it with other bird owners.  I would recommend your workshop to everyone.  Please do not hesitate to have people call if they are interested in how I felt about your workshop. Thanks again.  (phone number provided upon request) Bradley Baldwin, President, Quad Cities Parrot Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

from an article

by Connie Folleth

bird guide at About.com

 

Seeing is believing and after witnessing Ken in action, this Birds Guide has become a lifelong believer in his ability to tame the wildest of parrots.

Many birds brought to Ken's workshops have been one step from being sent to parrot rescue or about to be euthanized... He was their last hope - those birds are now alive and happy with their owners. You have to see Ken to believe the miracles he can produce. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Obrenski, Executive Director, Parrot Society of Los Angeles

 

 Hi Ken, I saw you in action at the South Bay Bird Club meeting last week.  I want to both compliment you and thank you.  After seeing you convert that wild Amazon in 15 minutes, it inspired me and gave me new insight, confidence and understanding of parrots that has carried me to the next level of interacting with them.  I truly believe that there would be much less of a need for parrot sanctuaries if people learned your techniques.  It's an amazing talent.  Thank you for sharing a tiny bit of it with me.   Tim Obrenski.

 

 

 

Richie Chiger, President, Catskill Exotic Bird Club

 

Dear Ken - Animals mean a great deal to me as do the people who help them live a happier and fuller life.  I have been in touch with several of the people who were at the workshop and you have made a real difference for them as far as the relationship they have with their birds.  I am happy that you came here and touched our lives. Richie Chiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Nochta, President, Gateway Parrot Club, St. Louis, MO

 

Ken, I have to admit I was very skeptical about your techniques until I saw you in action this past weekend. The people that brought their birds in to you for help left here very happy with the results you achieved for them. Not only did you help the birds, but you also helped the caregivers understand their birds’ needs. You’re giving a lot of lonely & frightened birds out there the chance they need to be loved.  THANK YOU!  Sharon Nochta 

 

 

 

Daniel Martin,  President, Las Vegas Avicultural Society

 

Many of the members have expressed to me how impressed they were with your techniques, and that they would like to see you back to do a workshop sometime soon.  Thor, my Citron, is making tons of progress, and seems more content now.  Thank you again for your presentation to LVAS, and please let me know when you are available to do a workshop.  Daniel Martin 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chase Kimball, President, Wasatch Avian Education Society, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Ken, I got quite a bit of commentary  -  all of it positive.  Several people said it was the best meeting we have ever had and have already asked me when you are going to be back.  Since I work with rescue birds on a very regular basis, I want to learn your techniques. Chase Kimball 

 

 

 

Phyllis Cotton, Vice President, Gateway Parrot Club, St Louis

 

  Dear Ken, I just wanted to say Thank You so much for coming to St Louis.  Before I contacted you in regards to speaking and conducting a  workshop at our annual fair, I researched and found that  you were very well endorsed.  I was impressed by that but still just a bit skeptical.  After all, I'm from Missouri - you have to show me!  And you did just that! Seeing is truly believing. What transpired was simply amazing.  So many people have tried all of the traditional methods of training to no avail. Your workshop gives them NEW hope and quite possibly saves a parrot from homelessness. I have even tried a modified version on my semi feral kittens with immediate success.  We are looking forward to your return next year. Keep up the good work!  Phyllis Cotton 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Maples, President, Tri State Avian Society

 

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you just how much I enjoyed your visit.  It was very educational and so heartwarming to see so many problems handled with such success.  I can't imagine not being to hold (my bird), so I know how thankful those attending are to have a way to resolve their issues and be able hold and love their birds.  I did not hear one negative remark about your seminar, only positive enthusiasm and some of it from the doubters.  Everyone wants more and I know we will plan to have you back again next year.   Christine Maples

 

 

 

Janet Ragonesi, former President, South Bay Bird Society, Torrance CA

 

The South Bay Bird Society would like to thank Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer, for a wonderful presentation.  Ken’s gentle, nurturing, yet firm, loving boundaries technique proved positive. Ken worked with three aggressive, fearful birds, an Amazon, a Cockatoo, & an Eclectus.  The parrots responded by stepping-up, allowed Ken to stroke them and (with applause), each owner was able to handle their parrot companion by the end of the evening. This response aired a sigh or relief and encouragement for the owners who may have given up all together and placed their bird for adoption or to a sanctuary.  The South Bay Bird Society was delighted that Ken Globus is an advocate for our feathered friends and we wish him continued loving boundaries in the avian world. Janet Ragonesi 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Levine, President, Chester County Bird Club and founder of The Bailey Foundation

 

I don't know how we can thank you.... It is a miracle......  After we got home, I repeated the exercises with Razzle of in and out of the cage.  On the third time, I said up and he stepped right up on my hand. 

I repeated this exercise this morning with no problems.  When I got home from work this afternoon, I repeated the exercises again with the same great results.   As soon as I open the door now, he puts his foot up and steps right up. Jeff Levine

 

And a follow up note some months later: 

 

Razzle and I are making great progress.  He is even going out with us to events and letting complete strangers handle him.  Thanks to your training and guidance I have been able to help other birds as well.  We have an Amazon we rescued who would not let anyone handle him.  I have the scars to prove it.  But now, using the techniques you taught me, I can handle him. Jeff Levine

Read the full story:  Razzle Dazzles

 

 

 

... the change was unbelievable.

 

I got Ruby 8 months ago and hadn't been able to get near her. She drew blood a number of times.  After an hour with Ken, the change was unbelievable.  She became a sweetheart.  Now I can take her with me anywhere and she just loves people.    People don't have to give their birds up.  Ken can really help.  Stephanie Reitzenstein, Woodland Hills, CA, former secretary, West Valley Bird  Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Malia - President, Gold Country Bird Society

 

I had the fascination of watching Ken work with problem birds at our workshop in Placerville this past August.  This energetic, enthusiastic man could calm down any parrot we had at our workshop.  Ken has a gentle and nurturing way working with the birds and people.  Even though he was gentle, he sent a firm message to the birds that he meant business and the birds listened!  This message got to the birds in 15 minutes and less in most cases.  What does that tell you?  He truly talks to the birds.  He understands how the birds operate and in turn told his audience how birds act and react.  It sure made me understand birds better.

I watched in amazement as Ken worked with different birds and the pleasure that showed in each owner's face, as their bird stepped up on their hand and then let them pet them.  This was after they swore their bird would never let them touch them. 

Ken gave us the tools and knowledge of how to deal with, handle and manage our pets.  With his way of showing us, he made it look so easy and simple.  And after a couple of tries, it was!  I got my confidence back and was able to work with my own Blue and Gold macaw, Max.   Now I have a better relationship with him. 

I urge every bird owner to attend Ken's workshops.  There would be a lot less birds given up, abused and whatever just by knowing how to work and handle them with Ken's teachings.  Joan Malia, Placerville, CA

 

 

 

 

Turning belligerent birds into love sponges is all in a day's work for Globus, aka The Bird Whisperer. The same day he made friends with Jupiter, Globus calmed seven other birds...   excerpt from a Parrot Chronicles article by Carla Thornton 

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Rena Fox, Birds Of A Feather Avicultural Society, Manchester, NH

 

I admit, I was skeptical.  My first thought was, Yeah, sure, but that inner voice was telling me that Ken Globus was the one to have at our event.  How could anyone resist coming to see a man that could tame birds in a matter of minutes?  I know that there are birds in shelters that few people, if any, interact with, could this perhaps help them?  Still, I continued to worry that none would show up and if this Bird Whisperer guy was really for real. 

My fears and worries were ungrounded.  The free demonstration was packed and the workshops were booked.  There was a minor miracle or two at the Manchester, NH Holiday Inn-Center of New Hampshire on Sunday, April 13, 2003.  One woman had a bird she had not been able to touch for more than 2 years, an Australian Crimson Wing.  That bird left the workshop that day on her hand.   She had tears of joy in her eyes, I think we all had tears in our eyes.  I witnessed several birds become more handle-able that day:  Feedback from those attending was overwhelmingly positive. 

Ken's method is basically one of confronting the bird with its fears, along with some tried and true handling techniques; once the bird realizes their fears are groundless they quickly become friendlier and easier to handle.  All the birds in attendance that day made progress. 

Ken approaches each bird with a sense of calm, understanding and love.  The birds that he works with are all better for having met him, as are the people who own them.  He brings many years of experience with him and an understanding of the animals we all so dearly love.   I hope I get the chance to meet him again and I am hoping the club will allow me to have him back.  Rena Fox, Birds Of A Feather Avicultural Society, Manchester, NH

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Howell, Former President, Tri State Avian Society, Tallahassee, FL

 

We recently hosted a program and two workshops featuring Ken Globus.  Every single participant walked away impressed and appreciative.  Ken’s techniques opened eyes, and those eyes often shed tears on seeing an unmanageable bird calmly sitting on the hand they just yesterday bit. 

Ken showed over 70 people how to handle the unhandleable, tame the untamable and touch the untouchable.  His methods, in the very simplest of words…WORK!  He changes wariness and rejection into trust and acceptance right in front of your eyes.  If I hadn’t seen it, I would NOT have believed it possible. 

What he did at the Tri-State Avian Society was nothing short of amazing.  He worked with over twenty birds and succeeded in improving the behavior of every single one!  I was there.  And I DID see jaws drop.  Mine included.  Dave Howell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mollie Hogan- founder of The Nature of Wildworks

 

As a former animal trainer and keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo, I've been working with wild animals for years.  Now I run a wild animal rescue center called The Nature of Wildworks where we house everything from mountain lions to bobcats, wolves, hawks and owls.  Ironically, it was our Blue and Gold Macaw, Jammy, that had us buffaloed.  Since Ken worked with her, we can handle her with ease.  He did an amazing turnaround.  Mollie Hogan

 

 

 

 

Amy Taveras - National Zoo of the Dominican Republic - Posted on MyToos Message Board

 

Well everyone, I'm dying to tell you about my experiences with Ken Globus, the Bird Whisperer. I know many of you have problems with what you've heard about him, but I can tell you from my own eye-witness account that he is absolutely amazing. 

The first bird we took out was one of the Green-winged Macaws. This bird used to lunge at me when I got near him. Within 20 minutes of Ken working with him, he was putting his head down, feathers out to have his head scratched. He turned into a total love-bug. Unbelievable!!

The three hardest birds were Big Red (Green-winged Macaw) and the two Blue & Golds. All three have been at the zoo since 1988 and never been handled. Now they will step up onto my hand and Big Red will let me scratch his head and touch his wings!!!

I can tell you that with every day that passes the birds are becoming better and better.

These beautiful birds are now living with less stress in their lives. I can tell simply by the way they return to their outdoor perches. No more leaping to the perch. No more running up to the highest and furthest point on the perch. They are losing fears that they have lived with for over 20 years. I think that's pretty great.

Not only did Ken help bring these birds out of their fears, but also he taught me so much about how to handle them correctly, how to make their living environment better, how to groom them, so many things that will make their lives much more enjoyable. He is wonderful and I would recommend his services to anyone who wants to improve their bird's life. Amy Taveras

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Ken, We so enjoyed your presentation and the knowledge you shared with us.  It is rare to get a speaker that holds the attention of all the members.  Everyone walked away with a new sense of purpose and determination.  Thank you again.  - Beth James, board of directors, Las Vegas Avicultural Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I have had only good comments on your hands-on methods of working with birds. I can’t wait until your video comes out so I can keep your methods fresh in my head to work with the birds. I work with so many different kinds of problems that a video would be highly useful to me. I especially like your method of working with a one person bird. It is my own personal belief that if it works for you and your birds, do it!!! Your methods work!!!”  Sincerely, Kitty James, Board Member, Quad Cities Parrot Society

 

 
 

 

...an experience I'll never forget.

 

If at anytime in your life you are considering building a relationship with an exotic bird, Ken Globus should be part of your process. Yes, his workshop is intended to help birds and their owners become reconnected, but it's also an excellent reference for the knowledge of a bird partnership, the plight of exotics and the realization of just how intelligent and special these creatures are.  Time after time during the last weekend we heard about the cycle of bites, fears and screams that drove a wedge between people and their birds. Birds that had not been touched for 6 years or had been in 9 homes in 9 years. Absolutely heartbreaking stories of birds and the braveness of their owners to bring them to a public forum, admit problems and communicate their purest intent to help their feathered friend. 

When Ken started working with these troubled birds it was immediately evident that he cared deeply for them, whispering and holding them gently to calm their fears--even as they bit him.

Ken brought both birds and owners to places that they had either never been before or in a long time.  Everyone was touched and tears welled up and flowed by people in the room--including Ken. 

I luckily have 2 rescue birds that I am in a relationship with and did not need to bring them in to work with Ken. But because of what I learned over the last 2 days, it immediately made me make some changes so that all of us could be happier and better enjoy each other's company. All of the knowledge that Ken shared is invaluable for whatever stage you are at. We had longtime bird owners that learned as well as people that just got their first bird. It was truly amazing and an experience I'll never forget.  Lisa Lazarus. Tri-State Avian Society, Tallahassee, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm still telling people about you, I can't seem to get over what you are able to do with those birds.  It is simply amazing.   Mary Slusarski

 

 

 

Just wanted to say 'thank you' for having the Ken Globus workshop.  I was there Sunday afternoon with my biting yellow nape named Laurel.  I really feel like I made a HUGE breakthrough in my relationship with him.  Not only did Ken give me the tools and insight on how to deal with him now, I feel that I can continue to make progress with him at home (And have.  Today is better already!!)  

I have to say, Laurel would be up for sale right now if that seminar had not come along.  I was really at my wits end with him and fearful of being on the receiving end of any more serious bites.  Ken helps keep birds in their happy homes by teaching their owners how to deal with their bad behavior and correct it.  It was obvious he truly cared about the birds and their owners.  Thank You, Thank you.  Jamie Keller and Laurel

 

 

 

 

 

 

To say that yesterday changed my life sounds so trite, but it is true, and not just for myself!  There was definitely magic in that room! I'm so grateful for these tools...  Lindalee

 

 

 

It was like watching a magic show and learning how to do the tricks!

 

Hi Ken!  I just had to let you know how amazed I was at everything you showed  us at your workshop on Sunday.  I am still so excited about it, that I am telling everyone it was like watching a magic show and learning how to do the tricks! 

You said you would empower me and I believe you have.  I can't thank you enough for all that you have done.  If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then you should feel flattered, because I would love to learn your techniques so that I could help others the way you have helped me.  If you start any kind of apprentice program, publish a book or videos, please let me know.  Suzette Dauberger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken - Thank you sooooo much for your help with Corky!    He's starting to trust and love us.  Your session gave us all a new beginning!  The techniques you taught us are so simple, but made all the difference.  I am definitely in your debt! -  Debi Cooper, Inglewood, CA

 

 

 

Thanks for your help... You are our hero!  Paula Micallef

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken:   Mark and I just got back from your workshop in Chicago.  You have no idea how much information and confidence we gained from your session.  You gave us tools that we can start using now to prevent possible future problems.  I have to say that if all new bird owners like us would attend one of your sessions there would be far less Rescue Birds out there.  We truly enjoyed your down to earth, honest style of helping birds and people.  Thank You.  Merry & Mark Ondersma

 

 

 

 

I attended your lecture on Sat. March 2nd.  I told you about the Amazon that loved the other members of the family, but would do anything to get away from me.  I tried your techniques with Mickey and this (see photo) was the result.  Thanks.  Kim

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a worthwhile and entertaining session!

 

Ken---  I attended your demonstration at the St. Louis Parrot Club's bird show.  What a worthwhile and entertaining session!   As a first-time parrot owner, I really learned a lot and appreciated your generosity in sharing taming and training tips.  You have such a gift and how nice that you are using it so generously and productively.    Looking forward to your visit at next year's show.  Cathy Horneyer, St. Louis, MO

 

 

 

Ken,  Thank you ever so much...  The training techniques you shared... have made it possible to renew my family’s relationship with my Sun Conure, Sundance. The techniques also enabled me to improve our handling relationship with my Blue-fronted Amazon, Captain.

I do believe that if everyone who purchases a bird has to attend (as part of obtaining a permit from the state for keeping an exotic bird) a seminar or workshop like yours, there would be a lot fewer birds abused or put up for adoption.  James R. Housten, Jr., New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had tears in my eyes...

 

The workshop was great. Now Missy automatically steps up when I open the cage and actually anticipates coming out. She isn't trying to bite anymore.  It is amazing how a person in just 15 minutes can take a bird so far in it's training. 

I shall never forget what an opportunity it was to get Ken to work with Missy.  What a blessing!   I had tears in my eyes the whole time.  Thanks  from the bottom of my heart.  Lynn

 

 

 

Seeing Ken work with our birds was absolutely incredible. What an amazing impact he had on their behavior and our entire family's comfort level. Now, even the kids can handle them. Rand Rubin, Judge, L.A. Superior Court  

 

 

 

 

 

 

...I especially enjoyed hearing about how you learned to do what you do.  It just goes to show that someone who is really creative and goes his own way will come up with something so special. Glen Giles

 

 

 

Hi Ken, We enjoyed meeting you at the Midwest Bird Seminar in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Your work with the birds was amazing.  We actually came home that night and held a bird we hadn't been able to touch for months!  We look forward to seeing you next year.   Mike & Mary, Joliet, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three times what I paid would have been worth it.

Hi Ken,  Thank you for such a great workshop!  Its amazing that we were all holding and petting birds that their owners said would never let anyone get near them. I think the price of the workshop was a steal...three times what I paid would have been worth it. I would urge any bird owner to take your class. In fact I've already convinced some friends to attend your next one.  Thanks again.  Scott Bellevance

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Ken, Thanks for a great workshop!  I really enjoyed it and gained some new insights into not only my birds, but other birds as well.   All the best, Doug

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since your bird seminar with Cassey, my Mollucan, last year, our relationship has changed dramatically.  Now I am the ruler of the roost, and Cassey is doing well.   Daphne Brooks

 

 

 

...hands down your presentation was the most useful and informative I've ever sat through.

 

Hi Ken, I've attended monthly meetings with WAES for almost two years and I have to say, hands down, your presentation was the most useful and informative I've ever sat through. The two people I attended your presentation with were talking about it for weeks to come, with nothing but positive things to say about your approach and the value of the information shared. 

After the meeting I went straight home and began practicing what I'd learned on two unwanted budgies that were given me some time ago.  Within 15 minutes per bird of using your techniques I turned two frantic, petrified birds into calm, contented little guys who would sit on my finger and preen themselves.    Now they both can't wait to come out of the cage - these are totally different birds now.  They're so much happier now that they're no longer living in constant fear.  I wish I'd met you sooner. – Ron Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bird Whisperer is For Real

 

I have been to a Ken Globus workshop. He came to Chicago and had to open a second workshop because of the amount of interest. Everyone that was in our workshop group with their bird went home renewed with a good relationship with each other.  I would not miss his program for anything. (If he came back thru here.)  I e-mail a lady I met at his seminar who had a biting bird, and she still is on good terms with her baby. Seeing is believing. The Bird Whisperer is for real. … don't give up or live a life-time of stress between you and your feathered baby without checking him out.  Wally Bytner

 

 

 

...we were absolutely enthralled...

 

Hi Ken, My husband and I were able to attend your lecture at the Ventura Bird Club last week, and we were absolutely enthralled with what you did! Thanks so much for a wonderful lecture!  Trisha Tatsch, Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish everyone that has a bird could watch you.

 

Dear Ken:  I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful demonstration/speech you gave at our bird club.  It was truly amazing. You certainly have a wonderful talent. It is really hard to tell you how much I enjoyed watching you work with the birds. I wish everyone that has a bird could watch you.  Perhaps then there wouldn't be so many moved from place to place.   - Billie Tully, Las Vegas, NV

 

 

 

Your ability is simply astounding!

 

Hi Ken, My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, but more importantly, we learned a great deal about handling birds. Your ability is simply astounding!  Through the methods that you demonstrated, i.e., persistent, patient assertion in a logical progressive method, the wildest bird can be tamed.

We would be delighted to take part in a future seminar, should you come back to Salt Lake City. You have given us hope.  I think that you are the answer to the problems many bird owners experience and you're to be commended for your willingness to stand alone. In my view, results matter. You get results. That was abundantly evident to everyone who attended.  - Sincerely, Allen and Margaret Lawless, Salt Lake City, UT

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've toured more than 20 different trade show events. Your presentation was not only the most memorable, but the most sincere from all others I witnessed.  Greg Griswold, Show Manager, Spring Fling Family Fun Festival

 

 

 

I was totally skeptical until I saw how his taming techniques worked with my own eyes.

 

Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer, visited our Parrot Club on Saturday. I have to say that I was totally skeptical until I saw how his taming techniques worked with my own eyes. He worked with 2 untamed birds (one Amazon [a wild caught adult] and one conure) that would bite and/or flee when he tried to hold them. Within 1 hour had them both perching on his finger and more importantly not trying to bite him. The Amazon even let him pet it and scratch it's neck. His techniques are unlike any I've ever seen before.  If anybody has a one-person bird that attacks others in the house, or one that is afraid of people in general, check this guy out. My club was so impressed; we're going to have him back for a full day workshop in the near future. - Cari Anders, Salt Lake City, UT

 

 

 

 

Thank you very much for coming to the Mobile club meeting.  I completely enjoyed your program and demonstration and will be looking forward to seeing you again.  When the club has you back for a workshop you can be sure I will be there.   Joan McDermott, Southern Alabama Caged Bird Society, Mobile, AL

 

 

 

 

 

 

...you made it simple...

 

Dear Ken – Thank you for your most wonderful, informative demonstration at the Ventura Bird Club.  I was so enthused by your demos and techniques I flew home and began working with my biting Eclectus.  Two days later he is allowing me to put my bare hand in his cage and excitedly steps onto it.  I thought I just had a temperamental parrot.  It wasn’t about my parrot.  It was all about me not knowing how to work through his biting out of fear, his and mine. 

As I write this, he is perched on my hand and seems to love having a birdie massage which, just one week ago, he never allowed me to do.  I wish I had learned this when I got my parrot, but, thankfully, we all can still learn new behavior, especially after watching you calm a 42 year old, screaming parrot into a quiet and happier pet and owner.  Your training session will be a small financial investment for a lifetime of a happy, loving companion. 

I like the sincerity, straight-forwardness and gentleness you displayed in your demo.  Also, you made it simple and realistic.  I’m sure the birds you train feel your calmness.  I learned the most important way to eliminate fear is to work through it and at the other end is calmness.  I am now in charge of my parrot instead of him being in charge of me.  I spend 3 times more time with him now that he is so calm.  I am so looking forward to your training session with me and my bird.  Holly Hoberg, Oxnard, CA

 

 

 

Ken, you allow 'non-user friendly' birds, that might otherwise be neglected or abused, the potential for a good life. Right before our very eyes we saw you transform previously unmanageable parrots into sociable little characters, going from one person to the next... and loving it!  Barbara Weaver, Brentwood CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all happier for your teaching.

 

 Dear Mr. Globus, Your presentation was wonderful.  I have an older female budgie.  In the five years since she has lived with me, she has been a caged bird because every time I tried to get her out, she bit hard and often, gnawing away trying to hurt.  If I put her with any other bird, she ran them ragged, pushing them away from food.  So, she lived alone in a cage. 

After your presentation, I went to her cage and got her out, her with her beak firmly embedded in my finger.  I did what you did with the Amazon, and now she perches so pretty, stays on my finger, and so, has been out several times since.  Thanks to you, I have acquired a new pet instead of a responsibility, and I hope I make the rest of her life happier.  We are all happier for your teaching. Thank you over and over.  Love and kisses. - Priscilla Astling, Salt Lake City, UT

 

 

 

I didn't think it was even possible.  I thought ,  Jeremy, my Pionus, was way beyond hope.  But you took him from being a terrified little biting machine and turned him into a sweetie pie.  You are one amazing guy!  Thank you, so much.  Janie Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just wanted to Thank You! You taught us a lot in your seminar Saturday in Salt Lake City.  We came home and started using your method of handling a bird right away.  With great surprise, within 3 days we were no longer even using the gloves to get him out of his cage, only one week later, when we walk in the room, he is now asking us to Come Here then lifts his foot to get on your hand.  Not only is he not afraid of us, he wants to sit with us every time we're in the room. Thanks Again Ken.   Dave Degeus

 

 

 

With Ken's techniques I've taken an abused Mollucan Cockatoo that hated women ...and now she's practically inseparable from my girlfriend.  I'm telling all my friends, this is not some mystical, magical trick Ken does to the birds.  Ken has simply picked up on birdie body language and instincts.  That's why it works so well and is easily repeatable.  It has more to do with training the person than the bird.  Here's to more of The Bird Whisperer!  Eric A. Adkins, Orange County, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now she even enjoys being petted.

     

I wanted to thank you for helping with my SI Eclectus Miss Scarlett. I brought her to your workshop in KC in March.  And the change in her is amazing. She went from being shy and nippy, to actually asking to interact with people. It just took a few days of using your techniques. She now lets everyone in the house hold her, she enjoys playing on her stand. And best of all she just seems happier. Now she even enjoys being petted.  Julie Scharff, Kansas City, MO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, Thanks for a wonderful workshop.  It has been just over a year since the last workshop I attended with you and the change in my relationship with my Orange Winged Amazon Parrot has been dramatic.  This refresher class was worth both the time and the money.  It confirmed my theory that I do in-fact have a difficult bird and that the work I have been doing with the animal has been very progressive. 

The class also allowed me to correct some nasty habits I might be developing and fine tune the techniques you teach.  I was not under any misconceptions about having youfix my bird; the class was really for me.  Watching you work with my bird allowed me to understand the techniques and methods I’ll need to follow up with.  Since attending my second seminar with you, the changes have been dramatic and I encourage others to try a follow up seminar, like I did, about a year after the first. 

I would be interested in attending other workshops, and I’ll be checking your website for information on those. Thanks again and best regards, Matt Susskind

 

 

 

Ken, your way with birds is incredible.  My husband and I truly enjoyed the evening.  Thank you.  - Marisa Katnic, So. Bay Bird Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was amazed at the success that you have.  Even I had success using your techniques on strange birds.  What a wonderful experience!   Keep up the good work………you have a dedicated disciple here in Pennsylvania!  Lin Jellenik

 

 

 

Hi Ken!  I was a participant in yesterday's workshop in Pottstown, PA, with my orange wing Amazon, Burt.  I'd like to thank you for a totally rewarding and educational experience.  It was much more than I expected, and as a typical woman, I expect a lot!  Burt is doing well in follow-up so far, he continues to accept my touch, and seems much more relaxed during that time.  

I look forward to continuing work with him, as well as trying these techniques on a 20 year old Nanday and a cherry headed conure I adopted recently. Thanks again.  Christine L. Webb, Upper Merion West

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted you to know that just the first five minutes of the presentation you offered has done great things for my patience with my misbehaving bird.  The inevitable beak assault when I take Monkey (my cockatiel) out of his cage had worn my patience with the bird.  I was starting to think, Regular or extra crispy?  But I worked with him following your lead this evening and at the end of the session he was getting up on my finger without a fuss...   Brian Igoe

 

 

 

Thanks to your information you graciously provided on your website we are already making progress.  Lana Ward, Louisville, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been able to use many of your techniques at the veterinary clinic that I work at.   Many (bird) owners have been amazed that I am able to handle their unhandle-able bird.  I just wanted you to know how wonderfully effective your techniques are.  Thanks! - Shellie Higgins 

 

 

 

Thank You again for helping me with my bird. I feel like the bird was willing but had learned how to intimidate me.  Our session with you gave me great insight as to what I did wrong and helped me deal with my nervous inner self around him.  Keno has pretty much stopped screaming, and enjoys our morning hand feeding.

His behavior has changed so much ... Thanks Again Ken, Keno now is a permanent part of this family.  Connie Burnett, Leavenworth, Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

...our miracle happened...

 

Dear Ken,  My handsome Crimson Wing, Hawthorne, had a deep-seated fear of hands and was very aggressive.  During these (last) years, I tried most of the conventional forms of alleviating his fear - with fractional success. 

My dream was one day to hold him, to be able to break through his wall of fear and have him accept me as a flock member in a relationship based on trust.  It remained virtually unchanged until our miracle happened... we met Ken Globus.  Within 20 minutes, you had him literally in the palms of your hands.

Within an additional fifteen minutes, I realized my dream...For the very first time in two years, I held and petted Hawthorne.  My tears of joy were uncontrolled... my heart's desire became reality.

There is no way I can ever convey what your miracle has meant to both of us.  Hawthorne no longer lives in fear, and neither do I. Your guidance has given me insight regarding my fears, and the foundation to work with Hawthorne in a way so he understands my signals.  We owe you an indefinable depth of gratitude.  To anyone living in an uncomfortable situation with their bird, I heartily resound, 'Don't live like that!  If you have the opportunity, go to Ken.'

Bless you, Ken, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Your friends, always, Patricia Lawn & Hawthorne.

 

 

 

I bought a little, aprox 4 month old, Senegal in July.   My instincts quickly told me that with the conventional ways of training I could be waiting into the next century for the bird to come around.   THEN, I discovered your website!!  WOW.  I have been GUSHING about your techniques to everyone who will listen, they really work!  In less than 2 weeks I had a sweet and tame Senegal, from being a fiery, scared biter after I found www.thebirdwhisperer.com  now he:

1- Unconditionally steps-up (in, out and around the cage, and off my shoulder when he sneaks up there...  By the way, Not boosting the bird was key in training!

2- Steps up with and without gloves without biting.  A note about gloves:  what a myth about fearing gloves.  

3- Allows me to give him cuddles on the neck.

I have read and re-read every syllable on your website.  Yvonne Insussarry  

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am amazed at the difference...

 

Hi Ken.  I wrote about a month ago.  I have  followed your suggestions as to how to handle Ed, the orange wing Amazon with aggression issues.  You would not believe the change in this frightened, blood drawing bird.  A month ago he would run away, fall from his perch, and bite when we would try to pick him up. 

It was a tense time as my husband wanted to get rid of him before he did major damage to one of us.  (Now) he greets my husband and me each morning, and sits on my leg as I read the paper at night.  I am amazed at the difference in this bird.  Thanks.  Karen Walker, Joliet, IL

 

 

 

Dear Ken, I love reading your newsletter.  I think I was one of your first clients in California.  I can't tell you how much you not only influenced my bird's life but mine as well.  I think birds are very receptive to what we expect of them and when we show uncertainty, they of course react with uncertainty and if we show fear, they react with fear.  This, I think, is what I learned from you.  Thank you.  Mia Hernandez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I really enjoyed watching you handle all the birds at the workshop.  I learned a lot from you and realized that I was doing a lot of things wrong.  Leslie Snyder

 

 

Phone Chirps

 

 

 

 

 

...you gave us something no one else could have given us - a true life with Snoopy.  Thank You.

 

 

 

I cannot  believe the change...

 

 To: The Bird Whisperer Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 11:12 AM    Thanks, Ken, the neatest thing about Hot Stuff is that no matter where he is or just about what he is doing he will come or stop and step up. He does go on my shoulder, but he also likes to 'hang on' to the back of my neck, grabbing on to whatever fabric he can get. To get him down or off all I  have to do is point my finger and he walks over and steps up. I cannot  believe the change in him.    Lynn

 and another message from Lynn:

Ken!! You should be so proud! Hot Stuff is now cuddling, likes being stroked and lays on his back in my hand to have his tummy rubbed. They both look forward to coming out of the cage with me and seem to enjoy the interaction. Words truly cannot express how happy I am to have these guys bonding with us and becoming a part of the family instead of just being pretty birds in a cage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on the About.com Bird Forum  May 10, 2001   Hi All! Promised to keep you informed. Just for background, Jaylii is the Severe Macaw I was asking for help calming down.  I did end up emailing Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer, and decided to try a phone consultation. It worked!    She is now easily doing step-ups (barehanded!), lets me hold and pet her and comes into and out of the cage willingly on my hand! I'm thrilled, to say the least.  She even lets my youngest son (13) hold her with no problems. It is so wonderful to finally be on the way to having a true loving relationship with this wondrous miracle of nature. Ken, if you see this, thank you again!   Tricia, Kingsland, TX

 (and a follow up message from Tricia)

 Hi Ken, I was so amazed at how much we were able to accomplish over the phone and would love to be able to watch you handle the various techniques (in person). There is so much more to learn!  It is still hard to believe the change in Jaylii! I realize it isn't really so much a change in him, but in the way that I interact with him now. Thank you so much for showing me how. He wants me to hold him now.  Tricia

 

 

 

What an hour it was!

 

Having never had nor been around pet birds, I was really at a loss. Trying to understand them and work with them was getting pretty frustrating; I wanted to love them so much. Well today was the day it started to happen!! I spent an hour on the phone with Ken, The Bird Whisperer and what an hour it was! We went from birds that bit and were in control, climbing on me and doing what they want to birds that step up, lie in my hand and enjoy sitting on my finger! They feared my hands before, now they seem to realize there is no reason to fear me. I know we have a way to go, but at least we are on the way.  Lynn Dudish, Johnstown, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

...miraculous

 

Our phone consultation was amazing. Teaching me how to make my birds relax was about miraculous.  There aren't words to describe the good feeling I get from making these little guys understand that I love them.  - Lynn

 

 

 

Ken, thanks to you, we're finally making progress!  Mary Johnson, Healdsburg, CA

 

 

 

And More....

 

 

 

 

I'd like to thank you for the great work you've been doing. The information you have shared with the community has been of immeasurable help. I've really gained a better understanding and insight into birds because of the work you've done and the knowledge you've shared.  From all the materials I've read thus far I respect your opinions the most and believe you are the most knowledgeable expert I know of. I'd really like to share that knowledge with as many people as possible so that they may have more enjoyable and fulfilling relationships with their companions.  Willem Van Dyk, South Africa

 

 

 

...Ken Globus wowed us all with his amazing abilities, insightful observations and his never-failing humor. Tri-State Avian Society Web Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

it was the best program members had seen, me included.

 

Truly enjoyed your program last Sunday. Thank you for your time and such a great program.  I heard several remarks that it was the best program members had seen (me included).  I would be very interested in attending a workshop if you should come back to present one. – Belinda Heebner, Las Vegas Avicultural Society

 

 

 

I was amazed with your accomplishments in the short amount of time you worked with each bird.  I did take to heart what you said about diminishing the bubble of fear with one of my Greys that was very hand-shy near his head.  I can now scratch his head… Thanks for the insight! - Sylvia Skidmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 9/09/01, Tom wrote: on the BirdMart Parrot Chatboard.  Thanx to all who offered help to my problem I posted on the 4th. I read some stuff about this guy named Ken Globus. His assertive approach worked wonders with Simon. I have been using it since that evening and the change in Simon is unbelievable! In 5 days he steps up on command without even a nip! (Now) he is very interested in me and the family! The change is unreal! Thanx and good luck to all!! Tom...

 

 

 

It only took about five minutes of wearing the gloves, that your website suggested, before I was handling Chucky (our Quaker) bare-handed.  This bird has been through at least two other owners in the past six months so I wasn’t sure how long it would take to tame him.  I am amazed that other people are reluctant to try this method, now I am not scared of him and he isn’t scared of me or his new home.  I am looking forward to learning more from you.  Thanks again for sharing your wisdom. Crystal Smith, Livingston, Texas

 (the next day)

 Chucky now feels so at home that he has started talking again.  I just can’t get over how quickly he is adapting to his new environment and I feel like your methods have made that process go much faster.  Crystal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, Ken - my name is Sigis. I'm from Lithuania. I have African Grey (Timneh). I found your web site when I was searching training tips on Google. And your site was one of the best I found.  Your tips helped me to tame my wild parrot. Now he (or she) is quietly sitting on my shoulder :)  Excuse me for my poor English.  Sigis

 

 

 

I had the pleasure of reviewing your website and just loved what I read. Thanks so much.  Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have watched Ken work over the years and find that he is a gentle, kind man who cares deeply about each and every bird & what he is doing.  And is very successful.  Karen Allen, Owner of Birds & More bird shop, Torrance, CA

 

 

 

I have watched Ken Globus work on more than several occasions over these past few years and I have yet to see any of the horror stories being propagated by some other experts. 

I have had the privilege not many have had; I've been able to track some of the birds that Ken has worked with over a 2 year time period.  These birds are very happy, much better companions and not reverting to their previous behaviors or showing signs of being broken.  I myself have had Ken work with some of my birds with great results.  Believe me, if I thought for one moment that Ken would be endangering my birds he would not have laid a hand on them.  Ken has also helped me in working with some of the birds in our adoption program.  He's been a great help there also.

Ken has helped many, many birds through his workshops and seminars.  He has also come under massive fire for his methods and approaches. Yes, his methods are considered unorthodox and are  outside the normal accepted methods and protocols.  This does NOT make them wrong.  ...when you have exhausted every other method with no luck, Ken has come through with flying colors with the phobic and aggressive birds. Tammy Carreiro, Parrot Society of Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWESOME Videos!  Eric Adkins

 

 

 

…the workshop was worth every penny… very informative and useful.  I liked your reference for us to think like a bird thinks.....  I probably will attend another workshop in the future.   I think you offer a fabulous experience and I will tell anyone who asks or anyone I come in contact with that might benefit from your wisdom to contact you.  I appreciate your courage to forge ahead for all our benefit. 

Someday, you will be famous for your pioneering techniques!  Your humor was great too!  Thanks again for a really great class, it was better than I could have imagined.  My fond memories of the experience will last a life time.  Jaime Albano

 

 

 

 

 

 

..I'm so glad you're doing what you're doing.  Keep up the great work, Ken.  The newsletters are wonderful.  Kimberly Knox, San Diego CA

 

 

 

You are amazing at what you have done for these parrots on the videos.   Bobbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the workshop.  The fee was worth every penny! I received so much from the workshop - I liked that there were many birds with different problems. It allowed me to see how to approach many different problems. It was helpful to have techniques repeated. Repeating reinforced the technique in my mind. I would attend another workshop. 

Another bit of information I found extremely helpful is (your advice) to be in trainer mind set when working with the birds. This helps me to become detached and to see the bigger picture with the birds.  I learned so much at the workshop.

I came away with so much information, and new inspiration to be a better caregiver for my birds. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Thank you for your dedication to birds and humans. You provide us all a great service. I will always speak highly of your work.  Moani Mashburn

 

 

 

I enjoy your newsletters immensely. Thank you.  Janice G. Kennesaw, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to you I'm not afraid of my bird anymore.  Keep up the great work.  Linda Walters

 

 

 

I still have trouble describing to people what I saw you do.  I don't think they understand just what you are capable of.  Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken - I know Monty Roberts and have always admired the way he is with horses.  I have to say you have the same patience and love for birds that he has for horses and also have impressed me. That's not easy. Rich Baker, Utah 

 

 

 

Dear Ken, You worked wonders with the birds.  I learned a whole lot from watching you.  I will definitely attend your next seminar when you come back to Chicago.  Kari Jager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the great event. It was full of good wisdom from ALL the speakers, (including) my favorites Dr. Pepperberg and Ken Globus. It was a very special time for me to witness Ken bringing the birds and their owners together, and how he was able to bring peace into their relationships.

I know he works with hard cases and so his methods seem different to what are the going methods of some other popular behaviorists, but there is definitely a need in our avian circle for this man and the fine work he does (and did). I hope others will have an open mind to use Ken if they need the help. It's a shame that some people would have a bad relationship go on and on instead of trusting someone who can truly help.  Thanks again. Walter Bytnar

 

 

 

I was at the Long Island Parrot Society workshop in 2003, which was terrific, and there was a fellow there from LIPS with a very wild biting Amazon which he had never been able to handle.  Within minutes the bird was responsive to your techniques and we were all able to handle the bird without being bitten.  I ran into him this year at the Long Island Parrot Show and asked him how the bird was doing.  He told me that the bird has stayed tame for the past year, though he works with the bird every day using your techniques.  He was quite happy that he had brought his bird to your workshop, and I'm sure the bird is much happier now also.  I was glad to hear that your techniques have long-lasting effects.  Amy Hopkins - Guilford, CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

I owe you another big thanks – I was able to win over my grey’s trust through your methods. ...he has shed its dread and seems much more relaxed and settles down for extended scratching/preening sessions. He starts offering his step the moment he sees me.  Thanks a lot for your advice. I really look forward to your newsletters and cues for better handling/integration of the Grey.  Sincerely,  Partha Jha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was at the Catskill Exotic Bird Club program you did.  Great!!!!!!  Mary Lewis

 

 

 

Hi Ken  - Thanks to your methods I have managed to get my bird on my arm, being not afraid of its bite, and getting it not to bite me, and petting it in its cage. All these on the 3rd day after i got it. when it was in the bird shop, its was human fearing and not tame. And all these I managed within 10 mins yesterday night.  I share with you my joys.  Kelvin Tan, Singapore, South East Asia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I almost cried.

It was a great pleasure seeing you on Saturday.  I found the content extremely interesting and pretty much more common sense than any other behavior type information I have been in contact with.  I especially enjoyed your humor!  Don't change anything about that.  It was great. 

I immediately went home and started using some of your techniques on my Jenday and white eyed conure.  To my surprise, within minutes both of them calmed down and I was able to put my hands all over them, give them kisses, scratch their head and cheeks, etc.  And that was basically just using first position and a few other gestures like using my palm on their beak, thumb lightly on their toe, etc.  They had calmed down so much I was even able to cut their toes with no problem.  These were two birds that were not aggressive but extremely hand shy and fearful.  They only wanted to be on my shoulder before.  Now I can walk around the house with them on my hand and they are happy.  Even to the point of preening themselves. 

My Jenday almost fell asleep on me as well.  My white eyed even let my cockatiel preen her for the first time.  I almost cried.  I am her 3rd home and I think your techniques will enable her to feel like she is finally home!!!  I thank you so much for your work.  I will definitely keep it up and pass your techniques on to anyone who will listen.  You are just awesome!!!! Thank you, Joy Puglisi, Middletown, DE

 

 

 

I saw you on Saturday at the Pet Expo in Maryland - it was wonderful!  Thank you!  Michelle Krygier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I attended your seminar in Timonium, MD and was fascinated by your training and taming techniques.  I am working with a 5 year old Hahn's Macaw that has literally been left in his cage for over 10 months because his owner was terrified of him after a vicious bite.  I adopted him and have been working with him ever since.  However, it wasn't until after I attended your seminar and applied some of your taming/training techniques that I was able to establish communication with him that he is responding to. 

Now, I can get him to step up on my hand from the cage without bites or chasing.  It is so wonderful.  I can now approach and pet him safely and he accepts my hand now like it was never a problem.  I am recommending you to everyone I know that has a bird with issues.  Sincerely, Ginger Tinney, Bechtelsville, PA

 

 

 

 I attended your workshop at the pet expo in Timonium, MD  I learned a lot and was very happy with your work shop.  Thank you.   Dana Watson, Newcastle, DE  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Another world...opened up to me...

 

My husband Rocky and I both enjoyed your workshop in Timonium.  Since the workshop (6 days ago), Rocky is already handling our Green Wing with  confidence and of course, all of us are much happier.   Your workshop allowed him to see hands-on techniques in handling birds and he applied them right away with immediate results. 

I'm happier because it was never our intention in any of our birds becoming a one-person bird and it was starting to look like that.  I'm also thankful to have a husband that knew something needed to be done and agreed to come.  My heart sank when I heard other spouses would not attend.  They have no idea the magnitude of what they were missing out on and what benefit it would have been to them!

This email would also be too long if I went on how about much I benefited from your workshop.   Another world has totally opened up to me and I have a greater love for my birds than ever before.  I look forward to future workshops which I'll invite my veterinarian and other bird friends to. Avis Styles, Washington D.C.

 

 

 

My Hahn's Macaw is really a different bird than when he came to me.  He was totally afraid of hands, he would bite and hiss at me.  After applying just some of the basics I learned at your workshop, he steps right up and does not flinch or try to bite when I pet him.  He actually asks to step up to come out frequently and loves to earn shoulder time and gives me kisses. 

My goal was to socialize him and with your training I was able to do that in a fraction of the time I thought it would take.  Again, thank you and I will be watching for you to come to the PA area. Sincerely, Ginger Tinney  Bechtelsville, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for the great class in MD. I learned a lot and am using your techniques. Ken Baker

 

 

 

As I sit here typing this email, my eyes are filled with tears!! Thank you! I recently brought home a 20wk old Alexandrine who is still trying to settle in, but in the process is becoming a very angry little bird.. I have spent days on the internet trying to find the best methods to use to help get my little guy to start trusting me and let him see that I am friend not foe.  Yours is the only web site which has truly struck me as amazing! I will go away now and read all your material. Thanks so much!  All I need now is for you to come to Australia!  Regards, Kylie Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I like most about your method of training is its simplicity and the way you explain your reasoning. …your web site was one of the best I have seen, with the best training information available. Rarely does someone find excellent information on training a difficult bird.  What you do is important, and I completely respect your methods and knowledge. Dan, Eastern Jackson County, MO

 

 

 

Just wanted to let you know how well your techniques work!  This last Saturday, I acquired a blue and gold macaw. He's about 18 to 20 years old and was very cage aggressive.  In 2 short days he's gone from hissing and lunging to purring and letting me pet his whole body.   I don't think we would be where we are today with out your teachings!  Thanks for all that you have done!  Kiti Williams and Pepe La Blue, Pottstown, PA

 

 

 

 

 

The mart in Kutztown was such a success; we are still feeling the effects of it!!  Not only did we get slammed with customers after your talks last Saturday, but we have had another incredible week on our website.  We have had only positive feedback from folks that attended the mart.  (Event organizer) Lisa Minnich has been positively on a cloud ever since. 

Now we can look forward to the next one!!  We will probably see you at another mart in our area.  I had heard that (another) Bird Club was interested in having you at their mart.  That is good.  Jim was very impressed - that takes a lot.  Thank you for your participation in last week’s mart - the crowd loved it and we all reaped the benefits. We will certainly recommend you to anyone who is having an event.  Candy & Jim Foxwell, Birdsnest Specialty, Belle Haven VA
 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw you first at the bird show in Timonium, Maryland and attended your workshop there. I was impressed. Two months later, I couldn't believe it when I saw you were actually coming to our little Kutztown, PA and of course, being only ten minutes away, I was there!

Your presentation... gave me new strength. I go in my bird room with a Wonder Woman attitude and I think they see the difference. I find it interesting that with this invincible attitude, the bites don't seem to hurt as much. The mind is a powerful thing!  Thanks for sharing your techniques.  Carol Schneck

 

 

 

I attended the bird fair in Kutztown this past Saturday and was very impressed with the information you shared. Thank you!  We are looking forward to hearing you speak again when next you are in our area.  Sincerely, Marj Epp

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw your demonstration in Kutztown this past weekend and was impressed with what you were able to do with the birds in only minutes.  Micki Haskins

 

 

 

From Birdtalk.com Bird Behavior Forum Post by AButterfly - Hi everyone. I was asked to post what I saw when I went to the bird show and saw Ken Globus. I went and let me tell you, I was astonished! It was SOOOO good that I was just so excited! There were about 4 birds that were problem birds. Well, in about 5 minutes with this guy, they were totally different birds! NO JOKE. As a matter of fact, most of them came right on to his hand and the owners were just stunned. 

He said that birds are NOT afraid of gloves and he proved that. He tamed the bird with a gloved hand, then he said he would remove the glove to see how the bird acted. The bird nipped his hand right away. He said that birds are afraid of what they don't know, not a glove. He said that birds just want the easy way out, the way that feels the best. The techniques are so simple and they just make plain sense. 

There was a family that brought their bird there, and it was a biter. It bit everyone in the family. Ken took it out and worked with it for about 2 minutes, and the change was just unbelievable! In about 5 minutes that bird was being passed around to people sitting in the audience and it would lay back and spread its feathers to be petted by these total strangers!! The family could NOT even believe it. 

If you have the chance to go see him somewhere, I would STRONGLY advise it. I can honestly say that if you have a problem bird, he is the guy. NO JOKE. He said he will be back in my area soon and we could see him again.  If he has a workshop anywhere near me, I will go. I don't care what it costs. If you have a bird that bites or acts badly, please consider this guy. 

I can honestly say that this guy was awesome. He just tells you things you would never know had you not seen him. Simple things. I went home and used the one of the techniques on Tia, and she responded right away. He just showed so many things, it was really cool. I would really tell anyone to go and see... You will not regret it. Had I not been there, I am not sure I would have believed it. So that is my two cents on that. I am so glad that I drove there to see him. I will be waiting until he returns to my area for sure.  If you have a little birdie that is just a little tyrant, he is the answer. I believe that he can help just about any bird. It was a really fun experience. AButterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks very much for the wonderful work you did on Benjamine (my orange wing Amazon) at the program in Kutztown, PA on Saturday.  She is already less fearful of new objects and people, and I plan to do follow up work with her on step-ups and socialization.  Thanks again for a great experience!  You may see me in Hartford! Christine L. Webb, Upper Merion West PA

 

 

 

Even though my bird was difficult, the red belly, you were able to handle her.  You showed me things I can do and also that there is hope for her and me - I am greatly appreciative of that.  You are truly amazing.  Debbie Lentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sister and husband attended the Kutztown show today and could not stop talking about the amazing feats you accomplished with several birds.  Teresa Rothove

 

 

 

I really enjoyed your talk and learned a few pointers to help me. Flo Clupp, Delco Bird Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw you in Kutztown on Saturday.  I learned soooo much.  Thanks for sharing.  Margie Lyon

 

 

 

I saw you first at the bird show in Timonium, Maryland and attended your workshop there. I was impressed. Two months later, I couldn't believe it when I saw you were actually coming to our little Kutztown, PA and of course, being only ten minutes away, I was there!

Your presentation in Kutztown this past Saturday gave me new strength. I go in my bird room with Wonder Woman attitude and I think they see the difference. I find it interesting that with this invincible attitude, the bites don't seem to hurt as much. The mind is a powerful thing!  Thanks for sharing your techniques.  Sincerely, Carol Schneck

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was at the Kutztown show and loved your demonstration.  I learned a lot...  Diane Horvath, Macungie, PA

 

 

 

Seriously, I owe it all to Ken Globus and his articles.  Just read through all his articles and you will have a totally different view on how to handle untamed birds. His methods worked but are quite different from the usual stuff written in books. Based on the techniques I learned, I managed to overcome my fear and get to manipulate the parrot in a few steps and in a short time.  Post on Ministry of Parrot, Singapore by K

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post on rec.pets.birds  - Recently I saw (Ken Globus) do a presentation on how to handle difficult birds and was pretty amazed.  The techniques he uses are controversial to say the least, but they worked.  The first bird he worked with was an older Patagonian that had been a breeder for years, then it's mate died.  No one had ever handled the bird, or even been able to get close to it.  After 15-20 minutes, he was able to get the bird to perch on his hand and was able to pet it.  

The second bird was a 25-year-old wild caught Red-Lored Amazon who was also untouchable.  In just a short time, he had the bird perching on his hand and stepping up.  Initially the bird wanted to climb up to his shoulder, so getting it to stay on his hand was a challenge, but he did it.

I was definitely impressed by the results he had with the birds, although it wasn't without some resistance.  The birds bit him a number of times to begin with, then they seemed to realize that his hands were nothing to fear.  One way he calmed the birds was by holding them with very light pressure and gently moving them up & down.  

I've tried some of his techniques with two Amazons and two cockatiels that I recently got and I've had some good results.  

For the skeptics out there who might think his presentation was staged...I've known the lady who had the Red-Lored Amazon for about 20 years.  I had just been in her pet shop the week earlier and she was trying to give the bird away because she couldn't handle it.  When
anyone was near the bird's cage, it clung to the opposite side.  I didn't want to ruffle its feathers, so I kept my distance.

Sorry for such a long post.  I just found all this to be very interesting and was curious if others were familiar with this guy or his methods.  ParrotParent

 

 

 

This past weekend was the 2nd time that I have seen one of your demonstrations and I am impressed by how much you accomplish in such a short time. Thank you.  Micki Haskins, Coopersburg, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chispee is becoming more and more comfortable with being handled all the time, it's really amazing to watch it unfold. :)  I can't thank you enough for your wisdom and guidance in regards to her.  You change so many people's lives...  Coral Schnippert, Oregon
 

 

 

Dear Ken, After attending your workshop, we came home to play with our birds.  We have two Congo Greys, a female (I've had since she was weaned) she is seven, also a 17 year old male I was given, and have had since Dec. of last year, and our two year old Quaker male, who's a trip all by himself. 

We applied what we learned, although a bit hesitant we have made progress.  My 17 year old has been the most remarkable.  His entire life he has never let anyone pet his back.  I am now stroking down his back, he has been regurgitating on my hand,  he has a new confidence.  He is becoming playful, and sweeter by the day.  It was as if his eyes took on a new brightness.  I kid you not!

   Thank you so much for the work you're doing, it's exciting to see a bird relax, and become a beloved pet again. The cost I felt was fair, and it was a real treat to watch you in person, as I have been following your work for some time now.  Our very best to you, and please don't pay any attention to the 'good dead doers', who don't know their *#&# from their elbow.  Margie Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please know I HAVE been singing your praises, telling the stories, and giving out your website address to all who will listen.  Please continue your good works, bringing birds & their owners together.

You are truly doing a service to man & birdkind.      I guarantee when you reach the Pearly gates, St. Francis of Assisi will be there to greet you!  Keep up the good work; can't wait to see you again the next time you're in my area.  Fondly, Marge Kosmala

 

 

Thanks so much for taking the extra time for Tiki (the rosella) - Just those small insights of yours have made a night and day difference in our relationship.... thanks soooo much! 

I will not hesitate to get you over here for a personal consultation if we hit a snag, though! Thanks, Karen Malcor-Chapman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just wanted to say thank you --  loved every minute of your workshop.  Gail Bernstein

 

 

 

Hi Ken,  Still working with my birds and having great success.   Hoping that you will be in the area again.  I would take a refresher any time you are here.  Linda Phillips, Chicago, IL
 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, thank you so much.  I know you stayed overtime and I really appreciate it.  Deshika tells me a couple times a day how she looks at Peaches completely differently now, with confidence and genuine affection.  Eric

 

 

 

You are still mentioned at our monthly meetings - that is the wonderful legacy you have left us in Alaska.  Bettie and I are still in awe over our encounter with you that empowered us to help others with bird behavioral issues.  Michael Stanton, Anchorage, AK

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw you for the first time at the BOAF in Manchester, NH last year. To be honest I was one of the skeptical ones. You took my friend's blue and gold up with you during one of the sessions and I was amazed. She is the most wonderful bird to this day. We were wondering when you will be in this area again. Louise Backus, Manchester, NH

 

 

 

I really enjoyed your presentation at TASC in Chicago.  My grey and I have come far.  I look forward to you coming closer in the area so I can come again and bring my grey this time.    Thanks, Annette Bianchi 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken - Happy holidays from one of your admirers and fans.  I love all the work you do - making it possible for owners of misbehaved birds to become part of the family.  Claudia

 

 

 

Dear Kitty, Just wanted to let you know that you and the QCPS (Quad Cities Parrot Society) did an excellent job on the bird fair! I was very impressed! It was a very well organized, professional and enjoyable experience!

Ken Globus was GREAT and I feel so fortunate that I was able to see him, live. I am glad there are people like Ken in this world and it was so neat to see him give a demonstration. Your club did a super job putting together this event!  Thanks!  Sincerely, Erin Orchard

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been thru 2 programs and 4 workshops - watched results with 32 birds to date and all have been fantastic!  2 of those birds were in my own home so the results aren't just because the bird is in strange surroundings.  These 2 birds had extreme cage aggression (rescues).  I know he has been bashed in the upatsix group which is so unfounded as to be ridiculous.  Ken Globus is fantastic working with troubled birds and their owners.  Sharon

 

 

 

Thank you, Ken. Your workshop was not only a rewarding experience, but a huge pay off. Oscar and I formed an incredible bond. You are the bird man! I look forward to your next visit.  Dee, Tri State Avian Society, Tallahassee, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken:  I've been Googling you and reading up on some of the seminars/events you've done. I can't believe that people find you controversial! after seeing you and your methods, I don't know what people would find objectionable. You did an excellent job and just seeing you work was amazing.  Thanks for doing what you do! Myself and birds everywhere thank you. ;) sincerely, Erin
 

 

 

Ken, Casper just stepped up to come out of his cage. Thank God and thank you. I am so happy I want to shout to the world. Thanks ever so much.  Nancy Richter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken I would like to join your email list, but I also wanted to thank you. A few weeks ago you did a seminar in Illinois.  I ended up hearing your speech, saw your demonstrations, that day I bought another two cockatiels.  Well, to get to the point, the little girl, thanks to the great tips, and demonstrations, has become my best friend. She is only four months old, but she is one of the greatest joys in my life. She is not afraid of anything, literally. She does everything with me. Thank-you for giving me another great friend.  Without hearing your message I doubt Roxie and I would be so close.  Yours Truly, Amy Lynn

 

 

 

 

Just wanted to say a million thanks to you for all the training tips in your article--you're the greatest.  --Sandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken, I am glad you are still doing what you are doing. The detractors are just jealous...

I've had my lovebird Petey for over 4 years now and although I never met you personally (we did speak on the phone) ..I always read your newsletters and finally got your desensitization approach...

Petey now lets me hold her. kiss her. pet her. etc!  Quite a change from the scared bird I adopted who I could not get  why she would not just let me rush in and pet her!!  We are all happy and she even tries to whistle back I love you ..(I think.)  Barbara 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for the great workshop in El Dorado.  Terri Holland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr. Globus,   I was so fortunate to attend your workshop last Saturday. I have already had wonderful results with the techniques I learned in just one week!  People like you give us hope for a little Peace, one bird and their human at a time!  Thank you again for some valuable insight on Parrot needs. Janine Weeks  

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a post on the perch.net message board

 

I have been yelled at on other groups for daring to say anything good about him (Ken Globus), so I try not to get into a big confrontation about it. But since you ask, it was a wonderful workshop with about seven of us there with birds and about fifteen without. When I mentioned to another group that I would be attending, I was told how horrible Ken Globus is, how he abuses birds, uses flooding techniques, etc. But everyone who went pretty much came away with the same opinion - he doesn't so much do anything to the birds as much as he teaches the *owners* what *they* are doing wrong!

Ken had one woman with an umbrella cockatoo who let everyone in the room pet him, but who would bite and strike at her. Ken sat the bird down in the lap of a woman sitting next to the owner, and slowly worked the owner into the petting process. In about five minutes, the cockatoo literally climbed back into his owner's lap, clacking and spreading his wings, and loving the attention. She had been told by some bird behaviorist, after the bird had displayed some troublesome behavior (can't recall if it was aggression, phobia, etc) NOT to touch the bird, to let the bird dictate where the relationship went, etc. She had not been able to pet this bird for close to a year, and when that bird climbed into her lap, she was not the only one who was crying!

As for Jimmy, my little terror, my ten minutes with Ken figuratively shrank Jimmy in my mind from a huge looming vicious beak into a little green bird who didn't know who to trust and who wanted to know that he was not going to be hurt again. So even though he was easily the meanest bird at that workshop (the only one who didn't nip and let go, but bit with a vengeance), with a little help from Ken, I learned how to approach Jimmy with more confidence and less nervousness, and he learned that he could bite me and I wouldn't do anything horrible to him. By the end of the ten minutes, he was stepping up on my bare hand.  Donna, El Dorado, CA

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I attended your workshop back in March, at the TASC workshop in Chicago.  You worked with my Amazon and me, and I am still getting compliments about how well he has done.   Today I took him to our club meeting.   Several people were there that attended the workshop with me.  They were amazed that Desi was the same bird that was with me that day.   He socialized with other members of the club and had a good time doing it.   He truly is a wonderful bird, and you are a wonderful man to be able to work with such  aggressive birds that can, and do inflict a lot of damage to the human hand. 

Thank you again so very, very much for helping Desi become a loving bird.  Thank you    Judy Geary, board member Michiana Bird Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Donna, I'm so glad that there's room in the workshop for us; I actually flew to Chicago (from California) to see Ken in action last weekend. I wanted to be sure that his training method was what I wanted for my bird. He was terrific (that trite phrase doesn't do him justice-- but at least it gives you an idea of my enthusiasm). So if you want any testimonials from me -- or whatever -- just let me know. 

Another reason I'm telling you that I've seen him already is because I understand that there is a movement in the bird behavioral world to try to suppress Ken's work. if you, or anyone you know, have any doubts about having Ken work with the birds in your club please email me or even give me a call to discuss your fears. I would be more than happy to give you my first-hand impressions, and I can also give you specific examples of the kinds of problem birds that were there in Chicago and how he helped them (and their owners). Jacqueline Jones

 

 

 

 

 

I attended your informative workshop at the TASC Bird Show.  Mai Tai, my Blue Front Amazon, was seventeen years old when I purchased him.  He had not been handled in a long time.  I attempted, many times to calm him where I could put him on my hand (from in the cage as well as when he was out of the cage).  He would bite every time, breaking skin on all occasions.  He has been termed by family as "vicious" and they would tell me to "get rid of him". 

At your training seminar, I found your talk to be extremely informative.  You really hit it on the head, describing the 3 fears.  I did not realize how much I feared my bird.  I also realize that I was re-enforcing the bird’s biting habits.  You helped me, one on one, to get past my fears. I am so grateful.

At your seminar we found out that Mai Tai's biggest fear is coming out of the cage by hand.  Once he was out of the cage, we found he was a good bird and a big baby.  He loves to be touched and makes baby sounds as he is being petted.  You showed me different techniques to get him out of the cage gently and "without fear", so that we can enjoy each other.  I can now take him out of his cage by hand, and am able to give him the love he wants.  My family is totally amazed as well.

I also want to let you know that besides the work you did with me and my bird, I was totally entranced watching you with the other variety of birds you worked with that day.  There were so many different species of birds, and I was surprised at all the different problems people faced.  Your care and love for all the birds and their owners was inspirational.  You not only worked with the birds individually but also with each owner individually along with their birds.  You really do care for each person and bird, showing that you truly want each of them to have a bond with their bird.

It was such an enjoyable experience that I would love to attend again, even though I don't need it for my bird, but because I enjoyed watching you work with all the birds and seeing the pleased, happy faces around the room as the bird and owners bonded.

I get so excited and emotional knowing that I can provide so much more joy and love to Mai Tai.  You have changed our lives for the better.  Thank you so much!!  Linda Haarmans, Naperville, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, (We) wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Workshop over the weekend and the extra time we were able to spend with you.  We know you hear praises all the time and it must all sound the same after awhile but we really did appreciate learning from you.   Teresa and Mike Marty

 

 

 

We saw you today in Timonium, MD... I talked to you about our Quaker that would not come out of her cage.  After a few little nips and about 20 min of work I can have her step up on to my hand and go out of her cage.  You are a wonderful man and I was amazed to see your work.  The next time you are in the area we will register for your class.  My husband Randy was the one at the end holding the Macaw.  I would love to join you email list.  Keep working on that book and video.  Thanks again, Tammy Odenbaugh  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I attended your Maryland session on Sun. Am.  I am the one who never held a bird before.  I shall always remember the look in birdie's eye and I held him at my fingertips.  Thank you so much for that experience.  Dsacat

 

 

 

I enjoyed your demonstration at the World of Pets Expo in Timonium.  I learned so much and can't wait to begin to apply your techniques with my Senegal who began biting in earnest over the past year.  He really has gotten the upper beak :) in my house - until now! Thank you.  Linda Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken - I was the little lady in the green shirt (that matched the parrot) at your demo today. Just wanted to let you know I learned a great deal. I came home and tried one of your methods on my little cockatiel, Skippy - it worked!  Got my little guy who I can't get out of the cage to come out of the cage on my hand. Thank you!! Toni Litsinger

 

 

 

Hi Ken, (We)...were at your workshop at Timonium this past weekend (with the Bailey Foundation) I mentioned to you about our Yellow Naped Amazon that we adopted from the foundation.  She was used to only one owner and would not come out of her cage on her own.  Nor could we get near her head to pet her. 

Well, Sunday Mickey used your scissor technique to get Oakley out of her cage.  He took her out and put her back in twice.  On the third try, she stepped right up on his arm. Then he worked with her using his hands to test her bubble and to distract her while he pet her and within a few minutes, he was rubbing her neck and head.  He put her on my lap and she just sat there and let me rub under her beak and on her head and neck.

It was so amazing because no one could get near her.  I was almost in tears, I'd wanted to do that since we got her.  Thank you so much for your advice and for your methods.  People can say what they want about your techniques, but I can say for sure that they work.  Keep up the good work and I guarantee you we'll be at your workshop next year too. Thanks millions Lisa and Mickey Schreiber

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met you at the World of Pets Expo on Jan 28th. I was truly impressed by what you could do.   Bernie

 

 

 

I know that being the lone voice in the wilderness can get difficult at times, but once other voices join you, you finally get the appreciation you deserve.  I'm so glad that you are getting that appreciation.  You are helping so many of us with birds that would otherwise not have any sensible solutions. Thanks again and keep up the good work!  Suzette

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband and I saw you at the Pet Expo in Timonium, MD and were really impressed.  We recently adopted a Ringneck Parakeet and she was not wanting to come out of her cage unless she walked out.  Now my husband and I can get her out easily, pet her feathers, and hold her.  Thank you so much for all your insight and instruction.    Jessica Himes

 

 

 

When you came to our bird club (CAFA) we got the opportunity to bring two birds for you to work with.  We were both somewhat doubtful, but also hopeful.

I was quite surprised when I called you (ahead of the event) to find that you were thrilled to have a rescue present.  One of your first comments to me was, “I’m going to teach you and I want you to teach others, so we can keep birds in their homes.”  Steve and I were both impressed.  That was only a taste. 

We (brought) two birds that were a real challenge for us.  Within five minutes, I was holding Merlin, our green wing macaw, and scratching the back of his head.  This is a bird that would strike at the cage every time I just walked by!  (Soon) all of the club members were touching him as well.  WHAT A JOY!!!!  We also brought Billy, an umbrella cockatoo, who was petrified of everything and everyone!  I couldn’t hold back the tears of happiness as, after a few minutes with you, Billy went from one person to another ENJOYING the interaction, something he had never known. 

I understand that there has been a lot of controversy over your methods.  Both Steve and I were quite curious and had decided NOT to all you to touch either of our birds if we were at all ‘uncomfortable.’   Your use of gloves was, to say the least, impressive.  They were on, they were off.  You knew exactly when they were needed.  And when they weren’t, they were in your hip pocket. 

Watching you move was like watching a ballet, every gesture was for a reason and you were in total control at all times.  Every bird that you worked with knew from the beginning that they were safe with you and seemed happy to respond positively. 

Your ‘pressure (on and off) technique’ was equally awesome.  We couldn’t wait for our turn to come and when it did, we were not disappointed.  Never, at any time, was a bird in any danger of being harmed or traumatized.  They enjoyed being worked with. 

With 150 birds in our rescue and more waiting to come, God only knows how many birds you’ve helped.  Since attending your workshop we’re able to turn the absolute majority of them around.  We are anxious for your video.  Thank you and God Bless.”  Diane & Steve Lazicki.  Lazicki's Bird House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Ken, My friend and I  both adopted 2 African grey parrots (a congo and a timneh) that needed homes because of a divorce.  We've had them for a bit more than 2 years. A bird store owner here advised us both to just be patient and perhaps things would change (but possibly not). I read your site last nite, needless to say I was impressed and very excited to try  some of your techniques. ( Your site is soo clear and easy and filled with info.

I have had horses and dogs for many years and never put up with bad behavior. But for some reason "The Beak" has intimidated me. The exercises this morning are giving me a confidence that I've never had when handling her until now.  Many Blessings!  ---Victoria...

 

 

 

Dear Ken, I'm so glad Fred (my African Grey) and I had the opportunity to participate in your Redondo Beach Birdtique seminar in July 2005.  Despite the fact that Fred's at least 15 years old, you taught me techniques that have allowed him to be more accepting of being touched -- and my not being bitten in the process.  It goes to show that an older bird (and person) can learn new ways of interacting that are satisfying to both.  This could not have happened without your wonderful insights and great teaching skills.  Many thanks!  Judy Rosenberg, Santa Monica, CA

 

 

 

 

 

I attended your Maryland session on Sun.  I am the one who never held a bird before.  I shall always remember the look in birdie's eye and I held him at my fingertips.  Thank you so much for that experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken-- …I must tell you that my relationship with Barney has done a complete turn around.  …he is MUCH better with me.  Thank you for giving me the confidence to  handle him again.  I now have a renewed relationship with Barney the Senegal.  I had contemplated giving him away, since he wasn't getting out of his cage anymore, (I was afraid of being bitten any time I tried to put him on my hand.)  The workshop gave my feathered friend back to me.  We are able to cuddle once again, and are both a lot happier. Without your workshop, Barney might have been headed for another home, since I wanted to be able to handle him and couldn't any longer.  Linda Morris

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Hi Ken - I was at your demo today. Just wanted to let you know I learned a great deal. I came home and tried one of your methods on my little cockatiel, Skippy - it worked! Got my little guy who I can't get out of the cage to come out of the cage on my hand.  Thank you!  Toni

 

 

 

Thank you Ken for the workshop in Old Saybrook. I am the one that came in with my husband Brian and our Military Macaw Yago. Are your arms and hands healed yet?

Yago is doing well and I can now handle my Maroon Bellied Conure.  Thank you again, and again!!!!!!!  Keep up the excellent work with these wonderful birds.  Lisa Burke, Norwich, CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, I met you at the World of Pets Expo… I was truly impressed by what you could do.  Looking forward to seeing you again, Bernie, Delaware

 

 

 

Dear Timothee and staff:  Thank you for sponsoring and organizing Ken Globus’ lecture on Saturday, February 18th.  He was informative and entertaining and the 90 minutes seemed to fly by (please pardon the pun).   While I don’t have a “problem” bird yet, some days it seems to be just a matter of time.  Thank you again.  Roberta Lehet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda and I enjoyed your workshop very much.  For the first time in three years we finally have the feeling we can accomplish what we have so wanted to in the past. 

I am sure the thousands of people you have helped in the past feel as we do.  We even considered having our bird put down when we passed on, because we didn't feel anyone would take a bird like ours, and we couldn't bare to think of someone mistreating him.  A real weight has been lifted from our shoulders.  We thank you so much.  Art & Linda Decker

 

 

 

Hi Ken, It's Jackie Hugo.  It was truly amazing when you worked with Scooter the Umbrella Cockatoo that Lori and John had worked with at the rescue for 4 + years and to see them in tears when you got that bird over it's fear of hands and coming out of the cage and then later sitting on the laps of others -- you have changed that bird's life as well as that bird being able to be adopted out.  I think when a person can do that they are truly amazing.  I know that your seminar will help the rescue get better results and I especially liked how you taught them to protect them selves better.   

When I signed up for the seminar I heard from other people that it's flooding the birds and that they thought that wasn't the way to do it.  I say to them they don't know what they are talking about and they need to see you in person before judging you.  You make the bird face its  fears head on; can you imagine living in a fearful existence always afraid of everything and how that must be so stressful day in and day out for them?  

For an owner of a bird to bring that bird to you, and tell you that they are afraid of it because of a severe bite or that they bird is so fearful to come out of the cage and then for you to work with it for 15 minutes or less and have that bird sitting on the lap of the owner and the owner petting that bird.  It’s amazing.   You truly changed the lives of the owners and the birds.

Scooter and the Meyers Parrot were the two that amazed me the most last weekend.  When you work with that wild caught, retired, un-handled breeder, and you taught it to step up within 4 minutes and having it lying in the palm of your hand within 5 more -- that deserved a medal!! 

I am a full supporter of your work and anyone who doesn't agree with your methods must not have seen you in action!!  I got home Sunday night and tried your methods with my Blue Crowned conure and I think we are on the way to a great relationship again.  Next bird to work with is my untamed African Grey; I know that with the skills you showed us that I will be able to make great progress with her.  No bird should live in fear of the unknown.  

So now the big question is that we now need to get you booked at one of our seminars?? I know it would be great for the volunteers of CARE to get another refresher from you as well.  

Can you send me the cost information ASAP so that I can get that to the board.  Can't wait to see you again – you’re awesome!!  Jackie Hugo, V.P./Seminar Coordinator, Madison Area Cagedbird Assoc. of Wisconsin (M.A.C.A.W. Clubs)

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for a great seminar this past weekend.  My husband and I really learned a lot and have already put some of your techniques to use.  Now that I know how to hold my Nanday correctly, he doesn't run up to my shoulder where he can't always be trusted.  We know we'll have even better relations with all our guys now.  Empowering!  Lots of new, great tips (and I read a lot of bird stuff).  Kudos to you.  Michelle Czosnek

 

a week later:

 

Our birds are doing great; we're still using your techniques.  Michelle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Ken Globus, Thank you for giving and sharing your knowledge with us at your class. I know so many birds will be happier because of you. You bet every one will spread the word. This was the most important class I have ever been to.  Thank you from me and my birds. And the other people I will be talking to in the future. Thank you , Thank you!!!  Your class was amazing! I know every person and bird benefited from your instruction. Thank you for coming to our little group of bird loving people.  Sincerely, Mary Rose Barron

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I had lunch with Lori Drew today and told her this story.  She thought you’d get a kick out of it and encouraged me to send it to you.  My husband Brian and I do wildlife rescue, in addition to volunteering at CARE.  Last Sunday, we got called out to relocate a female mallard and her 11 just-hatched ducklings out of an enclosed courtyard.  Brian used your distraction techniques with the hand (at a longer distance, of course) to herd her into a corner and capture her.  Had he spooked her, she would have flown away, abandoning her babies.  Instead, we were able to move the family to a more appropriate place.  Alice Jubeck

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Bless You Ken!

Thanks for your site and your writing!  I'm now holding an African Grey that a mere 24 hours ago would fly into a rage attacking me whenever my hand went in (or even near) the cage.  I searched Google and found your "The Biggest Myth" article. 

Based solely on that article I...began to make friends with the bird.  It absolutely worked.  The gloves are off and we're scratchin' heads and steppin' up like we're old friends.  I've read your other articles and training tips as well.  You do with birds what I have done to some extent with cats - understand them and use their natural tendencies to elicit the desired behavior.  With few exceptions I can get almost any cat to come to me.  I just had no experience with birds which is why your articles were such a find for me. 

The concept of "Pressure on - pressure off" eludes me for now but that's okay.  I've made so much progress that I'll consider that aspect of it the "Master's course" and wait for you to visit this area to really see what it's all about.  Thanks again.  Kindest Regards, Eric

 

 

 

 

I attended a workshop of yours about 2 years ago in Torrance.  It was great and I have to say that your new newsletter is fabulous!  Thanks so much and keep up the good work.  Your admirer, Jaime Albano

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Wings Central Forum:

 

Hi, I know how upset you must be, but before you re-home your bird, I would like to recommend that you call Ken Globus, "The Bird-Whisperer".  I saw him in action at a seminar in Old Saybrook CT a month ago.  He was amazing.  A couple came with a Macaw that they were both terrified of and wouldn't let anyone touch him.  By the end of the day, the bird was stepping up, and being pet on the head.  I saw other birds who hadn't let their owners touch them in years allow themselves to be petted.  I went with my Senegal who bit like crazy, and he showed me how to work with her.  

Some people don't like what Ken does, but I can't see why.  The birds were not harmed in any way and they responded quickly to his method.  It is certainly worth a try if you don't want to give up your bird.  Good luck. Sincerely, Wendy

 

 

 

Hello Ken,  I wanted to thank you so much for your tip about using gloves. I'm a  brand new African Grey owner. Bella has only been home for a week now  and she's been brought up by an excellent and very loving breeder. 

She's about 19 weeks old and is a real sweetheart but she's been a  little nippy. Her bites are not really aggressive at all but they come unexpectedly and they're enough to give you a jolt for sure. I've just finished a session with her practicing step ups that really proves your contentions. First of all, she's never seen these gloves. They are blue and black winter bike bike gloves made of neoprene with leather and  rubber reinforcements. I mention this to point out that they are not  dainty little skin colored gloves and she wasn't the teeniest bit  frightened by them. AND I wasn't the teeniest bit edgy or nervous of  her biting me. It enabled me to have a really good training session  with her that demonstrated that biting her gets her nowhere and not biting gets her praise. FANNNNTASTIC!

I just wanted to let you know you've helped someone who despite all  the reading and studying I've done, is still a real newbie. Feel free  to publish this if you like.  Thanks, Geoff Stanners, Toronto, ON

 

 

 

 
 

 

Post on the Bailey Foundation Forum:  "Check out Ken Globus' site, he works with all kinds of parrots with all kinds of baggage.  His techniques are proven and work wonders. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken:

 

I attended the seminar you held last Saturday in Wilmington DE. I found it to be fascinating and informative. You are doing a great service for both captive birds and their owners.

I am a volunteer for Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, DE and have volunteered their for the last 10 years.

Again thank you for a fascinating seminar. It was well worth it.  Best Regards, Helene

 

 

 


Dear Ken,

My Husband, Rueben, and I would like to thank you for your demonstration today in Wilmington, DE.  I want to say that people who do not understand or are negative about your techniques just do not understand how the mind works.  I am working on a degree in psychology with an Animal Science minor, and am studying in the field of animal behavior.  I work at a University of  Veterinary Medicine as a technician (with large animals, consequently).   Although I mainly believe in techniques of positive reinforcement, I do understand your techniques of progressive desensitization.  For laypeople, you could equate it to treatment for phobias in people, where the therapist has the person progressively expose themselves to their fears to overcome them.  When a bird is fearful of hands, you expose them to fast movements and light touches to make them realize that the hands are NOT going to hurt them.  That follows the same psychological concept.

And Jeff, we thank you and The Bailey Foundation for setting up this seminar.  Rueben and I tried to go to the seminar at the Pet Expo in Maryland a few months ago, but had to work that day.  So we are grateful for you setting this up.  Thanks again to you both, Sincerely, Jackie Watson - Wings in Waiting Parrot Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken:  Thanks for a great seminar.  We learned a great deal.  We now need to deal with our attitudes and practice what we were taught.  Thanks again:  Scott Shevey

 

 

 

I found you on the internet when I was doing a search about pet parrots that bite. I read every single thing on your website. I was immediately VERY impressed.  I presently have nine pet parrots - four came from rescue scenarios.  My most challenging bird right now is my most recent acquisition - a Red Lored female Amazon. She is more "bark" than "bite" - at times, getting her out of her cage can be tricky - she will lunge at my hand and definitely make contact with her beak but she has not broken any skin as of yet. When I stay steady she only tries this once or twice and then she will calmly step up.  After reading all your stuff, I had a "breakthrough" session with Lucy (Amazon's name).  During this session I was able to transfer her from one hand to the other w/o her trying to bite me - this was a FIRST!  Thanks so much for your terrific website.  

 

Then a follow up email: 

 

Honestly, all I can say is that you gave me the courage to not back off in fear with Lucy AND this made a huge difference. We had another wonderful session yesterday - spent a long time transferring from one hand to another and Lucy made a brand new vocalization that I never heard come out of her before - it was like she was playing with me - nice and easy and relaxed.  Lucy is absolutely gorgeous by the way!  Wendy K

 

 

 

 

 

Email received by Timothee Graze, owner of the Featherlust Bird Store:

 

Hi Timothee-- I want to thank you for having Ken come to this area.  I now have a  renewed relationship with Barney the Senegal.  I had contemplated  giving him away, since he wasn't getting out of his cage anymore, (I  was afraid of being bitten any time I tried to put him on my hand.)

The workshop with Ken gave my feathered friend back to me.  We are  able to cuddle once again, and are both a lot happier.  I don't even  need to use my gloves when I handle him--or haven't yet, at least.  Once again, thank you-- Linda Morris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken:  A quick note to tell you again how much I appreciated the wealth of information and insight you shared at your workshop this weekend in Kansas City.  Linda Roberts

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, Dan and I attended your seminar in Kansas City today, March 19, 2006.  As you know, we were very glad to be there.  I came home and… was able to pet (Zaire) - using your techniques - first time ever.  All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.  I hope that you'll be back in Kansas City or a city close by for an advanced class someday soon.  What a caring and honest person.  Julie McCorkindale

 

 

 

 

 

 

HI Ken! - I’m sure you receive a lot of emails thanking you for helping them out with their bird problems, but let me be just one of the many people around the world that truly appreciates the effort you put in helping bird owners.

Im Jaq Corsiga, I am from the Philippines. My sister, a couple of days ago, bought two cockatiels from a pet shop. I am sure, that they were not hand raised. They also hissed at me, and bit my finger every time.

very same day they arrived, I immediately checked the internet on ways to get them to eat. They were not eating; I then learned that they needed time to settle in. I also "learned" that they needed time to gain my trust. "Experts" on the internet, or gurus, advised me not to touch them, or to use a towel. I was a bit disappointed because I really did want to gain their trust, but I also wanted to interact and touch the birds.

A day later I was able to watch your videos on youtube. What you did there was great. You also encouraged owners to take the birds out of the cage and touch them. Let me tell you that I tried this before I read your articles. the birds would always bite my fingers. Lucky that I was using my mom's gardening gloves. I know that they are only cockatiels but they still pierced the skin, and are still painful…so I wasn’t quite comfortable handling them.  

Then I read your article about "pressure". You advised owners to let them perch on your hand while carrying them above your head. Let me tell you, for some strange reason, it worked! I also did what you advised like the iron fist and the like, it all really worked.  

It took me only less then 10 mins for them to be comfortable in my hand without biting. I only had these "wild" birds for three days, and they now act like I hand raised them since they hatched.

 I only read all your articles, didn’t need to pay anything, but now I’m a happy owner of two cute little happy cockatiels just by reading your articles and watching your youtube videos.

Again I would like to thank you for your help! You truly are the bird whisperer! God bless! and from the Philippine Islands "Mabuhay ka!"  Jaq Corsiga

 

 

 

Hi Ken!  Wizzo and I are making great progress -- so much so, that she is now better behaved than my other grey, Bela.  Wizzo seems to have a new confidence to her.  I've increased 'passing Wizzo around' when we are at the vets or have company but folks are apprehensive because she used to be such brat. 

Thank you for the kind words on bird energy.  I've learned to move slow and use a soft tone throughout my experiences with animals and really, reading them seems to be key.

Now, even when she is on her favorite swing, she will step up without biting.  I can't thank you enough for how much you've made a difference here.  Thank you, from both of us.  Julie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 4 year old Green Winged Macaw was just about to get roasted. However, we decided not to roast him but to give him away for adoption, ‘cause we loved him and didn't want him to get hurt. "Who knows?" we thought, "maybe he'd be a better bird at a new home".

Whiskey (yes, that's his name), wouldn't stop screaming, and he was also very naughty, a huge destroyer.  But the worst of all was the fact that none of us could even get close to him. He was a very aggressive bird. We had of course tried everything, read books, had phone sessions with so called bird trainers, bought videos etc.

So, just before we moved on to our dramatic plans, we decided to give the parrot another chance: We called Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer for help. Ken was happy to come over to our place (in Thessaloniki, Greece) and see the bird, and said he would tame him. In about 20 minutes from their first encounter, Whiskey was on Ken’s hand. After that, we all started to caress him. It was the first time in 3 years to touch my parrot. We were all very excited and happy. The sessions went on for 4 days, a session of an hour each day, and now, after that, the bird is like a pet. Doesn't shout, doesn't do any damages, most important: Doesn't bite! He is a playful little fellow, who enjoys being touched here and there, and accepts it gladly. Ken proved to us that all Whiskey was, was an unhappy and scared bird. Well, thanks for turning him to a loveable, happy and tamed pet in no time Ken.  Mario Routi

 

 

 

 

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE EXPERIENCED YOUR TECHNIQUES.  WE MET YOU AT THE WEST SUBURBAN CAGED BIRD CLUB SEMINAR IN CHICAGO, IL.  OUR BIRD WAS THE AFRICAN GREY NAMED PAULIE THAT EXHIBITED PHOBIC BEHAVIOR.  WITH THE ADVICE YOU GAVE US HE HAS BECOME LESS FEARFUL .  HE EVEN SPENT TIME LAST EVENING SITTING ON ME PLAYING WITH A SMALL BOX ENJOYING HIS DESTRUCTION. 

I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW YOU HAVE FOREVER TOUCHED OUR LIVES AND PAULIE’S.  THANK YOU, DEBBIE HOOVER & TIM THOMAS 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I just want to thank you so much for the amazing things you did for the people and their birds. Also for making my grandchildren feel special. I'm sure they will remember you and your amazing talents and your kindness; letting my granddaughter hold your hand when I know it was sore.   I had a thank you from someone in the workshop before I ever got home thanking me for having you come to help them with your birds. Thank you for everything.  Lynn  Smith, President, West Suburban Bird Club

 

 

 

I met you at the Pet Expo in Timonium Md. And I told you about my brown throat conure named Max and I did what you told me to do go out and come back in and go out  and now when I leave for work max doesn't call for me. Max also had a biting problem but again I went home and used your techniques.  and he no longer wants to bite me.  Thanks, Yvette Morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken - Thanks for writing to me.  I've read all of your articles on your website and I'm dying for more specifics about step by step training!  As I know you've  heard over and over from people at your workshops, I too have read all the experts, who espouse positive reinforcement, yadayadayada, but, you are the only one making sense to me. 

If you are planning on being out here anytime, please let me know.  We definitely want to participate in your workshop.  Thanks again for writing to me and  I look forward to your next newsletter.  Christine Rishty

 

 

 

 

On Mother’s Day 2006, my fiancé, Mark, & I had a phone consultation with Ken Globus. A ten-inch terrorist, re-named Bogey, had taken over our home.  But from the beginning:

Bogey came from a rescue. A 7-year old male Senegal, he was verbally entertaining. He creaked like an old door, rang like a phone, and could do a solo answering machine routine (including beeps, clicks & voices) that was hilarious. And he learned knew things quickly. At first kept in a spare bedroom for quarantine purposes, he remained there as I tried to figure out why he was biting with such determination! The key issues were sexual behavior and biting when he didn’t want to do what I wanted him to do. (Go figure!) The problem was trying to anticipate when he would strike as he gave almost no warning.

 

Making his living with his hands, Mark viewed my many bites and wanted no part of this! So I knew that everything with Bogey would come around in time. I just had to find the right path for his journey.

 

I read everything I could find and tried several different approaches, but the leaders in the field all said the same thing: Figure out what happened just before a bite and then don’t do it. I saw the world that I had tried to open up for Bogey being closed back down. Eventually, I hit a wall. Having dealt with dogs and horses for decades, I knew it was time to seek professional help or give him up. (I hate quitting.) But who should I call? They were all saying the same things that had helped bring me to the impasse at which I’d arrived.

 

On online search lead me to Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer. Good Lord, how corny, especially with my background in horses! But one thing I read stuck: his view on using gloves. I’d used them on Gordon & Zeus to help them accept my hands and then tossed them aside. THEN I read what an awful person I was to have used them. (Apparently standard equipment for working horses was not acceptable for use with birds.)

 

 The key elements we introduced to Bogey were: Position #1; Fist of Steel; vet wrapped fingers (purple courage); laddering; and Pressure On/Pressure Off.

 

 HE IS A DIFFERENT BIRD. He’s now downstairs in the dining room and participating in family life. I haven’t had a bite since that ONE phone call. Oh, he’s tried to nip a FEW times, but there’s no conviction behind them now. My fiancé is now handling him. The bird that we walked on eggshells around so I wouldn’t get bitten now looks to us for reassurance that everything is OK. The bird that used to FREAK at the mere sight of a towel now plays towel games. The bird that was afraid of toys now has his human playing fetch. Ask him, “Want some?” and the bird makes a bee line to see what treat is being offered. Head scratches are part of the daily routine.

 

 I’ve re-read all of the books and articles I had read before working with Ken. I now realize that Bogey & I are breaking all the rules and living happier! I’ve applied this to my other birds, too. As happy as they already were, even they appreciate the new approach.

 

 So the Ken Globus detractors can continue attacking what they don’t understand. In our house, we know different.

 

Thank you, Ken!

 

Nancy Schilsky & Mark Johns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken,  Just wanted to drop a note of thanks and let you know how much my life and that of all of my birds has changed since attending your workshop. You will easily be able to distinguish which attendee I was by the fact that I was the one who was involved in a horrible car accident just 5 blocks away from the PNC building.  My car was declared a total loss.  Kayla , my BE2 and I were extremely lucky to walk away basically physically unharmed.

Thankfully I decided at the last minute not to bring my Scarlet Macaw Jackie to the seminar as I am sure she would have suffered greatly. If you recall Kayla for some unknown reason decided she didn't like me so much anymore even though I have been her slave since she was a baby 3 yrs ago. I have used all of your training suggestions here at home in the past 2 weeks and she is GREATLY improved.

But even more valuable were all the other tips I learned from your interactions with the other 6 birds brought there for help. My untouchable Scarlet will now let me touch her and I am about to prsue step-ups. I have been working with this rescue bird for over a year . Using the knowledge I gained from your workshop I have come much farther in just 2 weeks than in the past year. I can only say Thank You from me and my flock of 8 and tell you that I will most definitely be attending more of your seminars in the future. Hopefully I will see you in Timonium, MD,

Many blessings to you and yours,

Lu Ann Keneagy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Howell, Former President, Tri State Avian Society, Tallahassee, FL

 

We recently hosted a program and two workshops featuring Ken Globus.  Every single participant walked away impressed and appreciative.  Ken’s techniques opened eyes, and those eyes often shed tears on seeing an unmanageable bird calmly sitting on the hand they just yesterday bit. 

Ken showed over 70 people how to handle the unhandleable, tame the untamable and touch the untouchable.  His methods, in the very simplest of words…WORK!  He changes wariness and rejection into trust and acceptance right in front of your eyes.  If I hadn’t seen it, I would NOT have believed it possible. 

What he did at the Tri-State Avian Society was nothing short of amazing.  He worked with over twenty birds and succeeded in improving the behavior of every single one!  I was there.  And I DID see jaws drop.  Mine included.  Dave Howell

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Dykstra, Former President, Great Lakes Avicultural Society, Grand Rapids, MI 

 

I watched Ken work on four separate occasions and each time he achieved immediate results.  I wish he offered an apprentice program; I'd sign up in a heartbeat.  He works what many would call miracles.  Mary Dykstra

 

 

 

Lin Westgard, President of the Alaska Bird Club

 

Hi Ken.  When our club membership voted to have you as the guest for our 6th Annual Companion Bird Seminar, I had no idea what that would mean, both to me and to our members.  The response has been overwhelming.  Till now, every other bird seminar in Anchorage had reached a core group of 40-50 people.  When your workshop registration reached over 100 people, I was amazed.  I made every effort to accommodate everyone and still had a waiting list.  

The wonderful, complimentary follow-up e-mails are still arriving letting us know that there are people out there helping other people with what they learned from you.  So, your bird handling and taming techniques are spreading through Alaska!   

You probably hear this a lot, but I wouldn't have believed some of the things I saw had I not seen them with my own eyes. Your presentation was outstanding.  Your results were even more spectacular.  Thank you so much for coming and I look forward to having you back.  Lin Westgard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradley Baldwin -  President, Quad Cities Parrot Society

 

Ken - Thank you so much for coming and helping to make our first bird fair such a tremendous success!! 

I have heard so many great comments from the people who attended your workshop.

I learned so much from you myself at the workshop.  I hope we can do this again in the future.   I think you have a very special talent and it is great that you can share it with other bird owners.  I would recommend your workshop to everyone.  Please do not hesitate to have people call if they are interested in how I felt about your workshop. Thanks again.  (phone number provided upon request) Bradley Baldwin, President, Quad Cities Parrot Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

from an article

by Connie Folleth

bird guide at About.com

 

Seeing is believing and after witnessing Ken in action, this Birds Guide has become a lifelong believer in his ability to tame the wildest of parrots.

Many birds brought to Ken's workshops have been one step from being sent to parrot rescue or about to be euthanized... He was their last hope - those birds are now alive and happy with their owners. You have to see Ken to believe the miracles he can produce. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Obrenski, Executive Director, Parrot Society of Los Angeles

 

 Hi Ken, I saw you in action at the South Bay Bird Club meeting last week.  I want to both compliment you and thank you.  After seeing you convert that wild Amazon in 15 minutes, it inspired me and gave me new insight, confidence and understanding of parrots that has carried me to the next level of interacting with them.  I truly believe that there would be much less of a need for parrot sanctuaries if people learned your techniques.  It's an amazing talent.  Thank you for sharing a tiny bit of it with me.   Tim Obrenski.

 

 

 

Richie Chiger, President, Catskill Exotic Bird Club

 

Dear Ken - Animals mean a great deal to me as do the people who help them live a happier and fuller life.  I have been in touch with several of the people who were at the workshop and you have made a real difference for them as far as the relationship they have with their birds.  I am happy that you came here and touched our lives. Richie Chiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Nochta, President, Gateway Parrot Club, St. Louis, MO

 

Ken, I have to admit I was very skeptical about your techniques until I saw you in action this past weekend. The people that brought their birds in to you for help left here very happy with the results you achieved for them. Not only did you help the birds, but you also helped the caregivers understand their birds’ needs. You’re giving a lot of lonely & frightened birds out there the chance they need to be loved.  THANK YOU!  Sharon Nochta 

 

 

 

Daniel Martin,  President, Las Vegas Avicultural Society

 

Many of the members have expressed to me how impressed they were with your techniques, and that they would like to see you back to do a workshop sometime soon.  Thor, my Citron, is making tons of progress, and seems more content now.  Thank you again for your presentation to LVAS, and please let me know when you are available to do a workshop.  Daniel Martin 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chase Kimball, President, Wasatch Avian Education Society, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Ken, I got quite a bit of commentary  -  all of it positive.  Several people said it was the best meeting we have ever had and have already asked me when you are going to be back.  Since I work with rescue birds on a very regular basis, I want to learn your techniques. Chase Kimball 

 

 

 

Phyllis Cotton, Vice President, Gateway Parrot Club, St Louis

 

  Dear Ken, I just wanted to say Thank You so much for coming to St Louis.  Before I contacted you in regards to speaking and conducting a  workshop at our annual fair, I researched and found that  you were very well endorsed.  I was impressed by that but still just a bit skeptical.  After all, I'm from Missouri - you have to show me!  And you did just that! Seeing is truly believing. What transpired was simply amazing.  So many people have tried all of the traditional methods of training to no avail. Your workshop gives them NEW hope and quite possibly saves a parrot from homelessness. I have even tried a modified version on my semi feral kittens with immediate success.  We are looking forward to your return next year. Keep up the good work!  Phyllis Cotton 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christine Maples, President, Tri State Avian Society

 

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you just how much I enjoyed your visit.  It was very educational and so heartwarming to see so many problems handled with such success.  I can't imagine not being to hold (my bird), so I know how thankful those attending are to have a way to resolve their issues and be able hold and love their birds.  I did not hear one negative remark about your seminar, only positive enthusiasm and some of it from the doubters.  Everyone wants more and I know we will plan to have you back again next year.   Christine Maples

 

 

 

Janet Ragonesi, former President, South Bay Bird Society, Torrance CA

 

The South Bay Bird Society would like to thank Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer, for a wonderful presentation.  Ken’s gentle, nurturing, yet firm, loving boundaries technique proved positive. Ken worked with three aggressive, fearful birds, an Amazon, a Cockatoo, & an Eclectus.  The parrots responded by stepping-up, allowed Ken to stroke them and (with applause), each owner was able to handle their parrot companion by the end of the evening. This response aired a sigh or relief and encouragement for the owners who may have given up all together and placed their bird for adoption or to a sanctuary.  The South Bay Bird Society was delighted that Ken Globus is an advocate for our feathered friends and we wish him continued loving boundaries in the avian world. Janet Ragonesi 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Levine, President, Chester County Bird Club and founder of The Bailey Foundation

 

I don't know how we can thank you.... It is a miracle......  After we got home, I repeated the exercises with Razzle of in and out of the cage.  On the third time, I said up and he stepped right up on my hand. 

I repeated this exercise this morning with no problems.  When I got home from work this afternoon, I repeated the exercises again with the same great results.   As soon as I open the door now, he puts his foot up and steps right up. Jeff Levine

 

And a follow up note some months later: 

 

Razzle and I are making great progress.  He is even going out with us to events and letting complete strangers handle him.  Thanks to your training and guidance I have been able to help other birds as well.  We have an Amazon we rescued who would not let anyone handle him.  I have the scars to prove it.  But now, using the techniques you taught me, I can handle him. Jeff Levine

Read the full story:  Razzle Dazzles

 

 

 

... the change was unbelievable.

 

I got Ruby 8 months ago and hadn't been able to get near her. She drew blood a number of times.  After an hour with Ken, the change was unbelievable.  She became a sweetheart.  Now I can take her with me anywhere and she just loves people.    People don't have to give their birds up.  Ken can really help.  Stephanie Reitzenstein, Woodland Hills, CA, former secretary, West Valley Bird  Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Malia - President, Gold Country Bird Society

 

I had the fascination of watching Ken work with problem birds at our workshop in Placerville this past August.  This energetic, enthusiastic man could calm down any parrot we had at our workshop.  Ken has a gentle and nurturing way working with the birds and people.  Even though he was gentle, he sent a firm message to the birds that he meant business and the birds listened!  This message got to the birds in 15 minutes and less in most cases.  What does that tell you?  He truly talks to the birds.  He understands how the birds operate and in turn told his audience how birds act and react.  It sure made me understand birds better.

I watched in amazement as Ken worked with different birds and the pleasure that showed in each owner's face, as their bird stepped up on their hand and then let them pet them.  This was after they swore their bird would never let them touch them. 

Ken gave us the tools and knowledge of how to deal with, handle and manage our pets.  With his way of showing us, he made it look so easy and simple.  And after a couple of tries, it was!  I got my confidence back and was able to work with my own Blue and Gold macaw, Max.   Now I have a better relationship with him. 

I urge every bird owner to attend Ken's workshops.  There would be a lot less birds given up, abused and whatever just by knowing how to work and handle them with Ken's teachings.  Joan Malia, Placerville, CA

 

 

 

 

Turning belligerent birds into love sponges is all in a day's work for Globus, aka The Bird Whisperer. The same day he made friends with Jupiter, Globus calmed seven other birds...   excerpt from a Parrot Chronicles article by Carla Thornton 

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Rena Fox, Birds Of A Feather Avicultural Society, Manchester, NH

 

I admit, I was skeptical.  My first thought was, Yeah, sure, but that inner voice was telling me that Ken Globus was the one to have at our event.  How could anyone resist coming to see a man that could tame birds in a matter of minutes?  I know that there are birds in shelters that few people, if any, interact with, could this perhaps help them?  Still, I continued to worry that none would show up and if this Bird Whisperer guy was really for real. 

My fears and worries were ungrounded.  The free demonstration was packed and the workshops were booked.  There was a minor miracle or two at the Manchester, NH Holiday Inn-Center of New Hampshire on Sunday, April 13, 2003.  One woman had a bird she had not been able to touch for more than 2 years, an Australian Crimson Wing.  That bird left the workshop that day on her hand.   She had tears of joy in her eyes, I think we all had tears in our eyes.  I witnessed several birds become more handle-able that day:  Feedback from those attending was overwhelmingly positive. 

Ken's method is basically one of confronting the bird with its fears, along with some tried and true handling techniques; once the bird realizes their fears are groundless they quickly become friendlier and easier to handle.  All the birds in attendance that day made progress. 

Ken approaches each bird with a sense of calm, understanding and love.  The birds that he works with are all better for having met him, as are the people who own them.  He brings many years of experience with him and an understanding of the animals we all so dearly love.   I hope I get the chance to meet him again and I am hoping the club will allow me to have him back.  Rena Fox, Birds Of A Feather Avicultural Society, Manchester, NH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mollie Hogan- founder of The Nature of Wildworks

 

As a former animal trainer and keeper at the Los Angeles Zoo, I've been working with wild animals for years.  Now I run a wild animal rescue center called The Nature of Wildworks where we house everything from mountain lions to bobcats, wolves, hawks and owls.  Ironically, it was our Blue and Gold Macaw, Jammy, that had us buffaloed.  Since Ken worked with her, we can handle her with ease.  He did an amazing turnaround.  Mollie Hogan

 

 

 

 

Amy Taveras - National Zoo of the Dominican Republic - Posted on MyToos Message Board

 

Well everyone, I'm dying to tell you about my experiences with Ken Globus, the Bird Whisperer. I know many of you have problems with what you've heard about him, but I can tell you from my own eye-witness account that he is absolutely amazing. 

The first bird we took out was one of the Green-winged Macaws. This bird used to lunge at me when I got near him. Within 20 minutes of Ken working with him, he was putting his head down, feathers out to have his head scratched. He turned into a total love-bug. Unbelievable!!

The three hardest birds were Big Red (Green-winged Macaw) and the two Blue & Golds. All three have been at the zoo since 1988 and never been handled. Now they will step up onto my hand and Big Red will let me scratch his head and touch his wings!!!

I can tell you that with every day that passes the birds are becoming better and better.

These beautiful birds are now living with less stress in their lives. I can tell simply by the way they return to their outdoor perches. No more leaping to the perch. No more running up to the highest and furthest point on the perch. They are losing fears that they have lived with for over 20 years. I think that's pretty great.

Not only did Ken help bring these birds out of their fears, but also he taught me so much about how to handle them correctly, how to make their living environment better, how to groom them, so many things that will make their lives much more enjoyable. He is wonderful and I would recommend his services to anyone who wants to improve their bird's life. Amy Taveras

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Ken, We so enjoyed your presentation and the knowledge you shared with us.  It is rare to get a speaker that holds the attention of all the members.  Everyone walked away with a new sense of purpose and determination.  Thank you again.  - Beth James, board of directors, Las Vegas Avicultural Society

 

 

 

Seeing is Believing

By David Howell

 

former President of the Tri State Avian Society

 

Ken’s philosophy is pretty simple:  take the bites, endure the pain, show the bird that you’re not going to give up, back off or throw in the (bloodstained) towel. 

Ken can take charge of a room quite easily. He’s got that kind of personality. When he talks, people lean forward to listen and you can see the respect build in people’s eyes as his sessions go on. When he approaches a bird, however, he is all calmness, peace, and as he puts it, “all about lowering energy.” 

Now...Ken’s not normally a “low energy” person. Quick to smile, easily banters, good humor and devilishly sly wit are ways I’d describe his personality.  But, when he approaches a bird that has not been touched...literally NOT TOUCHED...in years, he’s all business. 

First thing that happened at our demonstration was a massive bite from a large macaw!  Right on the forearm and the upper and lower mandibles met in the middle!  That’s GOTTA hurt.  It didn’t bleed much, but it sure did bruise and swell immediately. This happened while we were still setting up and it wasn’t even while he was actually trying to work with the bird. It was just a “Hey, how are you” kind of gesture, but quick like snake, the macaw nailed him.  Ken took the bite, did NOT pull back.  Good thing, that.  I think he’d have lost a substantial chunk of flesh had he jerked his arm back, as I almost certainly would have done. I do NOT know how the man endures bites from macaws, cockatoos, amazons, greys and all the other HARD biters.

In fact, on Friday night, at our little dinner reception for him, I made a point of examining his hands.  At first, I did it surreptitiously, looking for signs of damage to his digits...or if he was missing one or two.  They were all there, but you CAN see some of the lingering marks of encounters past.  I finally asked him how his hands were bearing up after so many sessions, so many bites.  He showed me some scars and he can tell you  the different styles of biting that are associated with a bird. 

Oh...this is a good time to dispel some myths about Ken. He gets a lot of bad press from some highly respected, but sadly misguided professionals, in the bird world. I’ve seen the man up close and personal twice now and I can tell you from first hand observation what’s what with how he handles birds.

There is NO cruelty.  NO big gloves.  NO “flooding,” as some psychologists call it.  That’s overloading on something that causes problems until the fear goes away. Imagine being in a room full of spiders if you have arachnophobia.  You stay there till you’re on a first name basis with the little eight-legged critters. That’s flooding.  Ken does NOT flood. 

His gloves have been called by some, “welder’s gloves.” NOT so.  They’re doe skin, soft and thin.  I’ve seen thicker gardening gloves. Hardly a deterrent at all from a bite and he ONLY wears them with the most difficult birds.  Ninety percent of the time, he’s bare-handed.  If I were up there, the percentages would be exactly reversed, I’m sure.

So, to those critics of Ken Globus...I say this...come and talk to ME!  Talk to ANYONE who’s actually seen the miracles he performs. Stop making prejudicial and ridiculous judgments based on hearsay, second hand and inaccurate information and suppositions.  Talk to the people who are able to handle their birds for the first time in years after a few minutes with Ken.  Talk to attendees of his seminars who cry, because they are able to actually touch their previously untouchable bird.  Talk to someone who has SEEN Ken in action.  Then form your opinion of his methods and means.  I’ll stand by this opinion:  “Ken Globus is the premier bird behavior modification specialist in the country today.” That’s MY story and I’m stickin’ to it!

The simple and effective methods Ken uses make intuitive sense to me, but they run counter to just about everything I read, found, studied and believed from the so-called “experts” in bird behavior. 

I was told it could take months or even years to gain a high degree of trust with my bird.  Now, I know that was not only poorly considered advice, but that it was just plain WRONG! 

Ken demonstrates that gaining the confidence of a bird can take only minutes.  Yes...MINUTES!   Here are some photos I took during a ten minute session with a very big and very angry macaw.  I turned them into a collage that shows the very obvious anger of the bird first, then Ken’s efforts to come into the bird’s “bubble of fear.” 

 

 

Then, using that “low energy” I mentioned earlier, Ken proceeds to gently touch the bird, backs off when it gets irate, lowers the energy level and comes back to the bird again.  At the end of ten minutes, he’s holding the bird close to his body and he freely touches the bird’s head and back.  No screaming, no biting, no flying away...no struggling of any kind.  The bird accepts Ken’s closeness and touching as though he’d known Ken for years.

Now...the best part.  When he teaches the owners how to do this, they touch a much-loved bird for the first time in a loooong time!  Tears were shed.  Tears of happiness and relief, not pain or anguish.  Touching a bird that has been untouchable can do that to someone who truly cares about birds.  I’ve seen it and I can tell you that Ken CARES about every bird he encounters. 

Finally, I’d like to encourage you to visit Ken’s web site if you have a bird with behavior problems.  There are some tips and techniques that he freely shares with everyone that you could apply to your own situation with a difficult bird.  I feel that with Caribe and Augustus, our magnificent African Grey...we don’t necessarily NEED professional help. But, I found tricks there to help me with Caribe and Susan found info she’s using with Augustus.  Both our birds are better for it and it has improved the degree and depth of our relationships with our birds.  And, in the final analysis...that’s what it’s all about. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I have had only good comments on your hands-on methods of working with birds. I can’t wait until your video comes out so I can keep your methods fresh in my head to work with the birds. I work with so many different kinds of problems that a video would be highly useful to me. I especially like your method of working with a one person bird. It is my own personal belief that if it works for you and your birds, do it!!! Your methods work!!!”  Sincerely, Kitty James, Board Member, Quad Cities Parrot Society

 

 
 

 

...an experience I'll never forget.

 

If at anytime in your life you are considering building a relationship with an exotic bird, Ken Globus should be part of your process. Yes, his workshop is intended to help birds and their owners become reconnected, but it's also an excellent reference for the knowledge of a bird partnership, the plight of exotics and the realization of just how intelligent and special these creatures are.  Time after time during the last weekend we heard about the cycle of bites, fears and screams that drove a wedge between people and their birds. Birds that had not been touched for 6 years or had been in 9 homes in 9 years. Absolutely heartbreaking stories of birds and the braveness of their owners to bring them to a public forum, admit problems and communicate their purest intent to help their feathered friend. 

When Ken started working with these troubled birds it was immediately evident that he cared deeply for them, whispering and holding them gently to calm their fears--even as they bit him.

Ken brought both birds and owners to places that they had either never been before or in a long time.  Everyone was touched and tears welled up and flowed by people in the room--including Ken. 

I luckily have 2 rescue birds that I am in a relationship with and did not need to bring them in to work with Ken. But because of what I learned over the last 2 days, it immediately made me make some changes so that all of us could be happier and better enjoy each other's company. All of the knowledge that Ken shared is invaluable for whatever stage you are at. We had longtime bird owners that learned as well as people that just got their first bird. It was truly amazing and an experience I'll never forget.  Lisa Lazarus. Tri-State Avian Society, Tallahassee, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm still telling people about you, I can't seem to get over what you are able to do with those birds.  It is simply amazing.   Mary Slusarski

 

 

 

Just wanted to say 'thank you' for having the Ken Globus workshop.  I was there Sunday afternoon with my biting yellow nape named Laurel.  I really feel like I made a HUGE breakthrough in my relationship with him.  Not only did Ken give me the tools and insight on how to deal with him now, I feel that I can continue to make progress with him at home (And have.  Today is better already!!)  

I have to say, Laurel would be up for sale right now if that seminar had not come along.  I was really at my wits end with him and fearful of being on the receiving end of any more serious bites.  Ken helps keep birds in their happy homes by teaching their owners how to deal with their bad behavior and correct it.  It was obvious he truly cared about the birds and their owners.  Thank You, Thank you.  Jamie Keller and Laurel

 

 

 

 

 

 

To say that yesterday changed my life sounds so trite, but it is true, and not just for myself!  There was definitely magic in that room! I'm so grateful for these tools...  Lindalee

 

 

 

It was like watching a magic show and learning how to do the tricks!

 

Hi Ken!  I just had to let you know how amazed I was at everything you showed  us at your workshop on Sunday.  I am still so excited about it, that I am telling everyone it was like watching a magic show and learning how to do the tricks! 

You said you would empower me and I believe you have.  I can't thank you enough for all that you have done.  If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then you should feel flattered, because I would love to learn your techniques so that I could help others the way you have helped me.  If you start any kind of apprentice program, publish a book or videos, please let me know.  Suzette Dauberger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken - Thank you sooooo much for your help with Corky!    He's starting to trust and love us.  Your session gave us all a new beginning!  The techniques you taught us are so simple, but made all the difference.  I am definitely in your debt! -  Debi Cooper, Inglewood, CA

 

 

 

Thanks for your help... You are our hero!  Paula Micallef

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken:   Mark and I just got back from your workshop in Chicago.  You have no idea how much information and confidence we gained from your session.  You gave us tools that we can start using now to prevent possible future problems.  I have to say that if all new bird owners like us would attend one of your sessions there would be far less Rescue Birds out there.  We truly enjoyed your down to earth, honest style of helping birds and people.  Thank You.  Merry & Mark Ondersma

 

 

 

 

I attended your lecture on Sat. March 2nd.  I told you about the Amazon that loved the other members of the family, but would do anything to get away from me.  I tried your techniques with Mickey and this (see photo) was the result.  Thanks.  Kim

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a worthwhile and entertaining session!

 

Ken---  I attended your demonstration at the St. Louis Parrot Club's bird show.  What a worthwhile and entertaining session!   As a first-time parrot owner, I really learned a lot and appreciated your generosity in sharing taming and training tips.  You have such a gift and how nice that you are using it so generously and productively.    Looking forward to your visit at next year's show.  Cathy Horneyer, St. Louis, MO

 

 

 

Ken,  Thank you ever so much...  The training techniques you shared... have made it possible to renew my family’s relationship with my Sun Conure, Sundance. The techniques also enabled me to improve our handling relationship with my Blue-fronted Amazon, Captain.

I do believe that if everyone who purchases a bird has to attend (as part of obtaining a permit from the state for keeping an exotic bird) a seminar or workshop like yours, there would be a lot fewer birds abused or put up for adoption.  James R. Housten, Jr., New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had tears in my eyes...

 

The workshop was great. Now Missy automatically steps up when I open the cage and actually anticipates coming out. She isn't trying to bite anymore.  It is amazing how a person in just 15 minutes can take a bird so far in it's training. 

I shall never forget what an opportunity it was to get Ken to work with Missy.  What a blessing!   I had tears in my eyes the whole time.  Thanks  from the bottom of my heart.  Lynn

 

 

 

Seeing Ken work with our birds was absolutely incredible. What an amazing impact he had on their behavior and our entire family's comfort level. Now, even the kids can handle them. Rand Rubin, Judge, L.A. Superior Court  

 

 

 

 

 

 

...I especially enjoyed hearing about how you learned to do what you do.  It just goes to show that someone who is really creative and goes his own way will come up with something so special. Glen Giles

 

 

 

Hi Ken, We enjoyed meeting you at the Midwest Bird Seminar in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Your work with the birds was amazing.  We actually came home that night and held a bird we hadn't been able to touch for months!  We look forward to seeing you next year.   Mike & Mary, Joliet, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three times what I paid would have been worth it.

Hi Ken,  Thank you for such a great workshop!  Its amazing that we were all holding and petting birds that their owners said would never let anyone get near them. I think the price of the workshop was a steal...three times what I paid would have been worth it. I would urge any bird owner to take your class. In fact I've already convinced some friends to attend your next one.  Thanks again.  Scott Bellevance

 

 

 

Hey Ken, Thanks for a great workshop!  I really enjoyed it and gained some new insights into not only my birds, but other birds as well.   All the best, Doug

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since your bird seminar with Cassey, my Mollucan, last year, our relationship has changed dramatically.  Now I am the ruler of the roost, and Cassey is doing well.   Daphne Brooks

 

 

 

...hands down your presentation was the most useful and informative I've ever sat through.

 

Hi Ken, I've attended monthly meetings with WAES for almost two years and I have to say, hands down, your presentation was the most useful and informative I've ever sat through. The two people I attended your presentation with were talking about it for weeks to come, with nothing but positive things to say about your approach and the value of the information shared. 

After the meeting I went straight home and began practicing what I'd learned on two unwanted budgies that were given me some time ago.  Within 15 minutes per bird of using your techniques I turned two frantic, petrified birds into calm, contented little guys who would sit on my finger and preen themselves.    Now they both can't wait to come out of the cage - these are totally different birds now.  They're so much happier now that they're no longer living in constant fear.  I wish I'd met you sooner. – Ron Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bird Whisperer is For Real

 

I have been to a Ken Globus workshop. He came to Chicago and had to open a second workshop because of the amount of interest. Everyone that was in our workshop group with their bird went home renewed with a good relationship with each other.  I would not miss his program for anything. (If he came back thru here.)  I e-mail a lady I met at his seminar who had a biting bird, and she still is on good terms with her baby. Seeing is believing. The Bird Whisperer is for real. … don't give up or live a life-time of stress between you and your feathered baby without checking him out.  Wally Bytner

 

 

 

...we were absolutely enthralled...

 

Hi Ken, My husband and I were able to attend your lecture at the Ventura Bird Club last week, and we were absolutely enthralled with what you did! Thanks so much for a wonderful lecture!  Trisha Tatsch, Santa Barbara, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish everyone that has a bird could watch you.

 

Dear Ken:  I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful demonstration/speech you gave at our bird club.  It was truly amazing. You certainly have a wonderful talent. It is really hard to tell you how much I enjoyed watching you work with the birds. I wish everyone that has a bird could watch you.  Perhaps then there wouldn't be so many moved from place to place.   - Billie Tully, Las Vegas, NV

 

 

 

Your ability is simply astounding!

 

Hi Ken, My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, but more importantly, we learned a great deal about handling birds. Your ability is simply astounding!  Through the methods that you demonstrated, i.e., persistent, patient assertion in a logical progressive method, the wildest bird can be tamed.

We would be delighted to take part in a future seminar, should you come back to Salt Lake City. You have given us hope.  I think that you are the answer to the problems many bird owners experience and you're to be commended for your willingness to stand alone. In my view, results matter. You get results. That was abundantly evident to everyone who attended.  - Sincerely, Allen and Margaret Lawless, Salt Lake City, UT

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've toured more than 20 different trade show events. Your presentation was not only the most memorable, but the most sincere from all others I witnessed.  Greg Griswold, Show Manager, Spring Fling Family Fun Festival

 

 

 

I was totally skeptical until I saw how his taming techniques worked with my own eyes.

 

Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer, visited our Parrot Club on Saturday. I have to say that I was totally skeptical until I saw how his taming techniques worked with my own eyes. He worked with 2 untamed birds (one Amazon [a wild caught adult] and one conure) that would bite and/or flee when he tried to hold them. Within 1 hour had them both perching on his finger and more importantly not trying to bite him. The Amazon even let him pet it and scratch it's neck. His techniques are unlike any I've ever seen before.  If anybody has a one-person bird that attacks others in the house, or one that is afraid of people in general, check this guy out. My club was so impressed; we're going to have him back for a full day workshop in the near future. - Cari Anders, Salt Lake City, UT

 

 

 

 

Thank you very much for coming to the Mobile club meeting.  I completely enjoyed your program and demonstration and will be looking forward to seeing you again.  When the club has you back for a workshop you can be sure I will be there.   Joan McDermott, Southern Alabama Caged Bird Society, Mobile, AL

 

 

 

 

 

 

...you made it simple...

 

Dear Ken – Thank you for your most wonderful, informative demonstration at the Ventura Bird Club.  I was so enthused by your demos and techniques I flew home and began working with my biting Eclectus.  Two days later he is allowing me to put my bare hand in his cage and excitedly steps onto it.  I thought I just had a temperamental parrot.  It wasn’t about my parrot.  It was all about me not knowing how to work through his biting out of fear, his and mine. 

As I write this, he is perched on my hand and seems to love having a birdie massage which, just one week ago, he never allowed me to do.  I wish I had learned this when I got my parrot, but, thankfully, we all can still learn new behavior, especially after watching you calm a 42 year old, screaming parrot into a quiet and happier pet and owner.  Your training session will be a small financial investment for a lifetime of a happy, loving companion. 

I like the sincerity, straight-forwardness and gentleness you displayed in your demo.  Also, you made it simple and realistic.  I’m sure the birds you train feel your calmness.  I learned the most important way to eliminate fear is to work through it and at the other end is calmness.  I am now in charge of my parrot instead of him being in charge of me.  I spend 3 times more time with him now that he is so calm.  I am so looking forward to your training session with me and my bird.  Holly Hoberg, Oxnard, CA

 

 

 

Ken, you allow 'non-user friendly' birds, that might otherwise be neglected or abused, the potential for a good life. Right before our very eyes we saw you transform previously unmanageable parrots into sociable little characters, going from one person to the next... and loving it!  Barbara Weaver, Brentwood CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all happier for your teaching.

 

 Dear Mr. Globus, Your presentation was wonderful.  I have an older female budgie.  In the five years since she has lived with me, she has been a caged bird because every time I tried to get her out, she bit hard and often, gnawing away trying to hurt.  If I put her with any other bird, she ran them ragged, pushing them away from food.  So, she lived alone in a cage. 

After your presentation, I went to her cage and got her out, her with her beak firmly embedded in my finger.  I did what you did with the Amazon, and now she perches so pretty, stays on my finger, and so, has been out several times since.  Thanks to you, I have acquired a new pet instead of a responsibility, and I hope I make the rest of her life happier.  We are all happier for your teaching. Thank you over and over.  Love and kisses. - Priscilla Astling, Salt Lake City, UT

 

 

 

I didn't think it was even possible.  I thought ,  Jeremy, my Pionus, was way beyond hope.  But you took him from being a terrified little biting machine and turned him into a sweetie pie.  You are one amazing guy!  Thank you, so much.  Janie Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just wanted to Thank You! You taught us a lot in your seminar Saturday in Salt Lake City.  We came home and started using your method of handling a bird right away.  With great surprise, within 3 days we were no longer even using the gloves to get him out of his cage, only one week later, when we walk in the room, he is now asking us to Come Here then lifts his foot to get on your hand.  Not only is he not afraid of us, he wants to sit with us every time we're in the room. Thanks Again Ken.   Dave Degeus

 

 

 

With Ken's techniques I've taken an abused Mollucan Cockatoo that hated women ...and now she's practically inseparable from my girlfriend.  I'm telling all my friends, this is not some mystical, magical trick Ken does to the birds.  Ken has simply picked up on birdie body language and instincts.  That's why it works so well and is easily repeatable.  It has more to do with training the person than the bird.  Here's to more of The Bird Whisperer!  Eric A. Adkins, Orange County, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now she even enjoys being petted.

     

I wanted to thank you for helping with my SI Eclectus Miss Scarlett. I brought her to your workshop in KC in March.  And the change in her is amazing. She went from being shy and nippy, to actually asking to interact with people. It just took a few days of using your techniques. She now lets everyone in the house hold her, she enjoys playing on her stand. And best of all she just seems happier. Now she even enjoys being petted.  Julie Scharff, Kansas City, MO

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, Thanks for a wonderful workshop.  It has been just over a year since the last workshop I attended with you and the change in my relationship with my Orange Winged Amazon Parrot has been dramatic.  This refresher class was worth both the time and the money.  It confirmed my theory that I do in-fact have a difficult bird and that the work I have been doing with the animal has been very progressive. 

The class also allowed me to correct some nasty habits I might be developing and fine tune the techniques you teach.  I was not under any misconceptions about having youfix my bird; the class was really for me.  Watching you work with my bird allowed me to understand the techniques and methods I’ll need to follow up with.  Since attending my second seminar with you, the changes have been dramatic and I encourage others to try a follow up seminar, like I did, about a year after the first. 

I would be interested in attending other workshops, and I’ll be checking your website for information on those. Thanks again and best regards, Matt Susskind

 

 

 

Ken, your way with birds is incredible.  My husband and I truly enjoyed the evening.  Thank you.  - Marisa Katnic, So. Bay Bird Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was amazed at the success that you have.  Even I had success using your techniques on strange birds.  What a wonderful experience!   Keep up the good work………you have a dedicated disciple here in Pennsylvania!  Lin Jellenik

 

 

 

Hi Ken!  I was a participant in yesterday's workshop in Pottstown, PA, with my orange wing Amazon, Burt.  I'd like to thank you for a totally rewarding and educational experience.  It was much more than I expected, and as a typical woman, I expect a lot!  Burt is doing well in follow-up so far, he continues to accept my touch, and seems much more relaxed during that time.  

I look forward to continuing work with him, as well as trying these techniques on a 20 year old Nanday and a cherry headed conure I adopted recently. Thanks again.  Christine L. Webb, Upper Merion West

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted you to know that just the first five minutes of the presentation you offered has done great things for my patience with my misbehaving bird.  The inevitable beak assault when I take Monkey (my cockatiel) out of his cage had worn my patience with the bird.  I was starting to think, Regular or extra crispy?  But I worked with him following your lead this evening and at the end of the session he was getting up on my finger without a fuss...   Brian Igoe

 

 

 

Thanks to your information you graciously provided on your website we are already making progress.  Lana Ward, Louisville, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been able to use many of your techniques at the veterinary clinic that I work at.   Many (bird) owners have been amazed that I am able to handle their unhandle-able bird.  I just wanted you to know how wonderfully effective your techniques are.  Thanks! - Shellie Higgins 

 

 

 

Thank You again for helping me with my bird. I feel like the bird was willing but had learned how to intimidate me.  Our session with you gave me great insight as to what I did wrong and helped me deal with my nervous inner self around him.  Keno has pretty much stopped screaming, and enjoys our morning hand feeding.

His behavior has changed so much ... Thanks Again Ken, Keno now is a permanent part of this family.  Connie Burnett, Leavenworth, Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

...our miracle happened...

 

Dear Ken,  My handsome Crimson Wing, Hawthorne, had a deep-seated fear of hands and was very aggressive.  During these (last) years, I tried most of the conventional forms of alleviating his fear - with fractional success. 

My dream was one day to hold him, to be able to break through his wall of fear and have him accept me as a flock member in a relationship based on trust.  It remained virtually unchanged until our miracle happened... we met Ken Globus.  Within 20 minutes, you had him literally in the palms of your hands.

Within an additional fifteen minutes, I realized my dream...For the very first time in two years, I held and petted Hawthorne.  My tears of joy were uncontrolled... my heart's desire became reality.

There is no way I can ever convey what your miracle has meant to both of us.  Hawthorne no longer lives in fear, and neither do I. Your guidance has given me insight regarding my fears, and the foundation to work with Hawthorne in a way so he understands my signals.  We owe you an indefinable depth of gratitude.  To anyone living in an uncomfortable situation with their bird, I heartily resound, 'Don't live like that!  If you have the opportunity, go to Ken.'

Bless you, Ken, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  Your friends, always, Patricia Lawn & Hawthorne.

 

 

 

I bought a little, aprox 4 month old, Senegal in July.   My instincts quickly told me that with the conventional ways of training I could be waiting into the next century for the bird to come around.   THEN, I discovered your website!!  WOW.  I have been GUSHING about your techniques to everyone who will listen, they really work!  In less than 2 weeks I had a sweet and tame Senegal, from being a fiery, scared biter after I found www.thebirdwhisperer.com  

I have read and re-read every syllable on your website.  Yvonne Insussarry  

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am amazed at the difference...

 

Hi Ken.  I wrote about a month ago.  I have  followed your suggestions as to how to handle Ed, the orange wing Amazon with aggression issues.  You would not believe the change in this frightened, blood drawing bird.  A month ago he would run away, fall from his perch, and bite when we would try to pick him up. 

It was a tense time as my husband wanted to get rid of him before he did major damage to one of us.  (Now) he greets my husband and me each morning, and sits on my leg as I read the paper at night.  I am amazed at the difference in this bird.  Thanks.  Karen Walker, Joliet, IL

 

 

 

Dear Ken, I love reading your newsletter.  I think I was one of your first clients in California.  I can't tell you how much you not only influenced my bird's life but mine as well.  I think birds are very receptive to what we expect of them and when we show uncertainty, they of course react with uncertainty and if we show fear, they react with fear.  This, I think, is what I learned from you.  Thank you.  Mia Hernandez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I really enjoyed watching you handle all the birds at the workshop.  I learned a lot from you and realized that I was doing a lot of things wrong.  Leslie Snyder

 

 

Phone Chirps

 

 

It was like you were taming my bird with MY hands.

 

It's hard to believe how great our session was.  I never would have imagined that just a voice on the phone could get me to tame my bird in such a short time.  After having o, our Congo African Grey, for three years and not being able to even touch her, she went from being nervous, frightened and downright nasty to calm and cuddly in an hour!  It was like YOU were taming my bird with MY hands. 

I can't tell you how much I I owe you for fixing my relationship with o.  I still can't believe it.  I wish I'd found you years ago.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart. - Gabriella Taibi, New York, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would you believe I'm actually holding Killer right now as I write this?!!!!!!  I'm sooooooooooooo excited!!!  Janie Dawson

 

 

 

I cannot  believe the change...

 

 To: The Bird Whisperer Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2001 11:12 AM    Thanks, Ken, the neatest thing about Hot Stuff is that no matter where he is or just about what he is doing he will come or stop and step up. He does go on my shoulder, but he also likes to 'hang on' to the back of my neck, grabbing on to whatever fabric he can get. To get him down or off all I  have to do is point my finger and he walks over and steps up. I cannot  believe the change in him.    Lynn

 and another message from Lynn:

Ken!! You should be so proud! Hot Stuff is now cuddling, likes being stroked and lays on his back in my hand to have his tummy rubbed. They both look forward to coming out of the cage with me and seem to enjoy the interaction. Words truly cannot express how happy I am to have these guys bonding with us and becoming a part of the family instead of just being pretty birds in a cage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on the About.com Bird Forum  May 10, 2001   Hi All! Promised to keep you informed. Just for background, Jaylii is the Severe Macaw I was asking for help calming down.  I did end up emailing Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer, and decided to try a phone consultation. It worked!    She is now easily doing step-ups (barehanded!), lets me hold and pet her and comes into and out of the cage willingly on my hand! I'm thrilled, to say the least.  She even lets my youngest son (13) hold her with no problems. It is so wonderful to finally be on the way to having a true loving relationship with this wondrous miracle of nature. Ken, if you see this, thank you again!   Tricia, Kingsland, TX

 (and a follow up message from Tricia)

 Hi Ken, I was so amazed at how much we were able to accomplish over the phone and would love to be able to watch you handle the various techniques (in person). There is so much more to learn!  It is still hard to believe the change in Jaylii! I realize it isn't really so much a change in him, but in the way that I interact with him now. Thank you so much for showing me how. He wants me to hold him now.  Tricia

 

 

 

What an hour it was!

 

Having never had nor been around pet birds, I was really at a loss. Trying to understand them and work with them was getting pretty frustrating; I wanted to love them so much. Well today was the day it started to happen!! I spent an hour on the phone with Ken, The Bird Whisperer and what an hour it was! We went from birds that bit and were in control, climbing on me and doing what they want to birds that step up, lie in my hand and enjoy sitting on my finger! They feared my hands before, now they seem to realize there is no reason to fear me. I know we have a way to go, but at least we are on the way.  Lynn Dudish, Johnstown, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

...miraculous

 

Our phone consultation was amazing. Teaching me how to make my birds relax was about miraculous.  There aren't words to describe the good feeling I get from making these little guys understand that I love them.  - Lynn

 

 

 

Ken, thanks to you, we're finally making progress!  Mary Johnson, Healdsburg, CA

 

 

 

And More....

 

 

 

 

I'd like to thank you for the great work you've been doing. The information you have shared with the community has been of immeasurable help. I've really gained a better understanding and insight into birds because of the work you've done and the knowledge you've shared.  From all the materials I've read thus far I respect your opinions the most and believe you are the most knowledgeable expert I know of. I'd really like to share that knowledge with as many people as possible so that they may have more enjoyable and fulfilling relationships with their companions.  Willem Van Dyk, South Africa

 

 

 

...Ken Globus wowed us all with his amazing abilities, insightful observations and his never-failing humor. Tri-State Avian Society Web Site

 

 

 

 

 

 

it was the best program members had seen, me included.

 

Truly enjoyed your program last Sunday. Thank you for your time and such a great program.  I heard several remarks that it was the best program members had seen (me included).  I would be very interested in attending a workshop if you should come back to present one. – Belinda Heebner, Las Vegas Avicultural Society

 

 

 

I was amazed with your accomplishments in the short amount of time you worked with each bird.  I did take to heart what you said about diminishing the bubble of fear with one of my Greys that was very hand-shy near his head.  I can now scratch his head… Thanks for the insight! - Sylvia Skidmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 9/09/01, Tom wrote: on the BirdMart Parrot Chatboard.  Thanx to all who offered help to my problem I posted on the 4th. I read some stuff about this guy named Ken Globus. His assertive approach worked wonders with Simon. I have been using it since that evening and the change in Simon is unbelievable! In 5 days he steps up on command without even a nip! (Now) he is very interested in me and the family! The change is unreal! Thanx and good luck to all!! Tom...

 

 

 

It only took about five minutes of wearing the gloves, that your website suggested, before I was handling Chucky (our Quaker) bare-handed.  This bird has been through at least two other owners in the past six months so I wasn’t sure how long it would take to tame him.  I am amazed that other people are reluctant to try this method, now I am not scared of him and he isn’t scared of me or his new home.  I am looking forward to learning more from you.  Thanks again for sharing your wisdom. Crystal Smith, Livingston, Texas

 (the next day)

 Chucky now feels so at home that he has started talking again.  I just can’t get over how quickly he is adapting to his new environment and I feel like your methods have made that process go much faster.  Crystal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, Ken - my name is Sigis. I'm from Lithuania. I have African Grey (Timneh). I found your web site when I was searching training tips on Google. And your site was one of the best I found.  Your tips helped me to tame my wild parrot. Now he (or she) is quietly sitting on my shoulder :)  Excuse me for my poor English.  Sigis

 

 

 

I had the pleasure of reviewing your website and just loved what I read. Thanks so much.  Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have watched Ken work over the years and find that he is a gentle, kind man who cares deeply about each and every bird & what he is doing.  And is very successful.  Karen Allen, Owner of Birds & More bird shop, Torrance, CA

 

 

 

I have watched Ken Globus work on more than several occasions over these past few years and I have yet to see any of the horror stories being propagated by some other experts. 

I have had the privilege not many have had; I've been able to track some of the birds that Ken has worked with over a 2 year time period.  These birds are very happy, much better companions and not reverting to their previous behaviors or showing signs of being broken.  I myself have had Ken work with some of my birds with great results.  Believe me, if I thought for one moment that Ken would be endangering my birds he would not have laid a hand on them.  Ken has also helped me in working with some of the birds in our adoption program.  He's been a great help there also.

Ken has helped many, many birds through his workshops and seminars.  He has also come under massive fire for his methods and approaches. Yes, his methods are considered unorthodox and are  outside the normal accepted methods and protocols.  This does NOT make them wrong.  ...when you have exhausted every other method with no luck, Ken has come through with flying colors with the phobic and aggressive birds. Tammy Carreiro, Parrot Society of Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWESOME Videos!  Eric Adkins

 

 

 

…the workshop was worth every penny… very informative and useful.  I liked your reference for us to think like a bird thinks.....  I probably will attend another workshop in the future.   I think you offer a fabulous experience and I will tell anyone who asks or anyone I come in contact with that might benefit from your wisdom to contact you.  I appreciate your courage to forge ahead for all our benefit. 

Someday, you will be famous for your pioneering techniques!  Your humor was great too!  Thanks again for a really great class, it was better than I could have imagined.  My fond memories of the experience will last a life time.  Jaime Albano

 

 

 

 

 

 

..I'm so glad you're doing what you're doing.  Keep up the great work, Ken.  The newsletters are wonderful.  Kimberly Knox, San Diego CA

 

 

 

You are amazing at what you have done for these parrots on the videos.   Bobbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved the workshop.  The fee was worth every penny! I received so much from the workshop - I liked that there were many birds with different problems. It allowed me to see how to approach many different problems. It was helpful to have techniques repeated. Repeating reinforced the technique in my mind. I would attend another workshop. 

Another bit of information I found extremely helpful is (your advice) to be in trainer mind set when working with the birds. This helps me to become detached and to see the bigger picture with the birds.  I learned so much at the workshop.

I came away with so much information, and new inspiration to be a better caregiver for my birds. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Thank you for your dedication to birds and humans. You provide us all a great service. I will always speak highly of your work.  Moani Mashburn

 

 

 

I enjoy your newsletters immensely. Thank you.  Janice G. Kennesaw, GA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to you I'm not afraid of my bird anymore.  Keep up the great work.  Linda Walters

 

 

 

I still have trouble describing to people what I saw you do.  I don't think they understand just what you are capable of.  Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken - I know Monty Roberts and have always admired the way he is with horses.  I have to say you have the same patience and love for birds that he has for horses and also have impressed me. That's not easy. Rich Baker, Utah 

 

 

 

Dear Ken, You worked wonders with the birds.  I learned a whole lot from watching you.  I will definitely attend your next seminar when you come back to Chicago.  Kari Jager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the great event. It was full of good wisdom from ALL the speakers, (including) my favorites Dr. Pepperberg and Ken Globus. It was a very special time for me to witness Ken bringing the birds and their owners together, and how he was able to bring peace into their relationships.

I know he works with hard cases and so his methods seem different to what are the going methods of some other popular behaviorists, but there is definitely a need in our avian circle for this man and the fine work he does (and did). I hope others will have an open mind to use Ken if they need the help. It's a shame that some people would have a bad relationship go on and on instead of trusting someone who can truly help.  Thanks again. Walter Bytnar

 

 

 

I was at the Long Island Parrot Society workshop in 2003, which was terrific, and there was a fellow there from LIPS with a very wild biting Amazon which he had never been able to handle.  Within minutes the bird was responsive to your techniques and we were all able to handle the bird without being bitten.  I ran into him this year at the Long Island Parrot Show and asked him how the bird was doing.  He told me that the bird has stayed tame for the past year, though he works with the bird every day using your techniques.  He was quite happy that he had brought his bird to your workshop, and I'm sure the bird is much happier now also.  I was glad to hear that your techniques have long-lasting effects.  Amy Hopkins - Guilford, CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

I owe you another big thanks – I was able to win over my grey’s trust through your methods. ...he has shed its dread and seems much more relaxed and settles down for extended scratching/preening sessions. He starts offering his step the moment he sees me.  Thanks a lot for your advice. I really look forward to your newsletters and cues for better handling/integration of the Grey.  Sincerely,  Partha Jha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

 

 

I brought my rose breasted cockatoo to the Sunday morning work shop...She has improved so much its pretty unbelievable.  I have used your techniques on 3 other birds of mine and my whole family is in amazement.  My B&G and African Greys wouldn't go to anyone but me, but once I applied your techniques they were stepping up and being social with everyone.  Thank you so much and I hope you will be there next year, if only you could teach every bird owner the things you taught us...there would be so many more birds that could have the opportunity to live in 1 home forever.  P.S.

I have applied these techniques to birds I birdy-sit with the owners permission, and the day after they take their bird home they call me and ask me what I did to there birds...They have never seen them so happy!  Thank you, Anastasia Ortolano

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was at the Catskill Exotic Bird Club program you did.  Great!!!!!!  Mary Lewis

 

 

 

Hi Ken  - Thanks to your methods I have managed to get my bird on my arm, being not afraid of its bite, and getting it not to bite me, and petting it in its cage. All these on the 3rd day after i got it. when it was in the bird shop, its was human fearing and not tame. And all these I managed within 10 mins yesterday night.  I share with you my joys.  Kelvin Tan, Singapore, South East Asia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I almost cried.

It was a great pleasure seeing you on Saturday.  I found the content extremely interesting and pretty much more common sense than any other behavior type information I have been in contact with.  I especially enjoyed your humor!  Don't change anything about that.  It was great. 

I immediately went home and started using some of your techniques on my Jenday and white eyed conure.  To my surprise, within minutes both of them calmed down and I was able to put my hands all over them, give them kisses, scratch their head and cheeks, etc.  And that was basically just using first position and a few other gestures like using my palm on their beak, thumb lightly on their toe, etc.  They had calmed down so much I was even able to cut their toes with no problem.  These were two birds that were not aggressive but extremely hand shy and fearful.  They only wanted to be on my shoulder before.  Now I can walk around the house with them on my hand and they are happy.  Even to the point of preening themselves. 

My Jenday almost fell asleep on me as well.  My white eyed even let my cockatiel preen her for the first time.  I almost cried.  I am her 3rd home and I think your techniques will enable her to feel like she is finally home!!!  I thank you so much for your work.  I will definitely keep it up and pass your techniques on to anyone who will listen.  You are just awesome!!!! Thank you, Joy Puglisi, Middletown, DE

 

 

 

I saw you on Saturday at the Pet Expo in Maryland - it was wonderful!  Thank you!  Michelle Krygier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I attended your seminar in Timonium, MD and was fascinated by your training and taming techniques.  I am working with a 5 year old Hahn's Macaw that has literally been left in his cage for over 10 months because his owner was terrified of him after a vicious bite.  I adopted him and have been working with him ever since.  However, it wasn't until after I attended your seminar and applied some of your taming/training techniques that I was able to establish communication with him that he is responding to. 

Now, I can get him to step up on my hand from the cage without bites or chasing.  It is so wonderful.  I can now approach and pet him safely and he accepts my hand now like it was never a problem.  I am recommending you to everyone I know that has a bird with issues.  Sincerely, Ginger Tinney, Bechtelsville, PA

 

 

 

 I attended your workshop at the pet expo in Timonium, MD  I learned a lot and was very happy with your work shop.  Thank you.   Dana Watson, Newcastle, DE  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Another world...opened up to me...

 

My husband Rocky and I both enjoyed your workshop in Timonium.  Since the workshop (6 days ago), Rocky is already handling our Green Wing with  confidence and of course, all of us are much happier.   Your workshop allowed him to see hands-on techniques in handling birds and he applied them right away with immediate results. 

I'm happier because it was never our intention in any of our birds becoming a one-person bird and it was starting to look like that.  I'm also thankful to have a husband that knew something needed to be done and agreed to come.  My heart sank when I heard other spouses would not attend.  They have no idea the magnitude of what they were missing out on and what benefit it would have been to them!

This email would also be too long if I went on how about much I benefited from your workshop.   Another world has totally opened up to me and I have a greater love for my birds than ever before.  I look forward to future workshops which I'll invite my veterinarian and other bird friends to. Avis Styles, Washington D.C.

 

 

 

My Hahn's Macaw is really a different bird than when he came to me.  He was totally afraid of hands, he would bite and hiss at me.  After applying just some of the basics I learned at your workshop, he steps right up and does not flinch or try to bite when I pet him.  He actually asks to step up to come out frequently and loves to earn shoulder time and gives me kisses. 

My goal was to socialize him and with your training I was able to do that in a fraction of the time I thought it would take.  Again, thank you and I will be watching for you to come to the PA area. Sincerely, Ginger Tinney  Bechtelsville, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for the great class in MD. I learned a lot and am using your techniques. Ken Baker

 

 

 

As I sit here typing this email, my eyes are filled with tears!! Thank you! I recently brought home a 20wk old Alexandrine who is still trying to settle in, but in the process is becoming a very angry little bird.. I have spent days on the internet trying to find the best methods to use to help get my little guy to start trusting me and let him see that I am friend not foe.  Yours is the only web site which has truly struck me as amazing! I will go away now and read all your material. Thanks so much!  All I need now is for you to come to Australia!  Regards, Kylie Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I like most about your method of training is its simplicity and the way you explain your reasoning. …your web site was one of the best I have seen, with the best training information available. Rarely does someone find excellent information on training a difficult bird.  What you do is important, and I completely respect your methods and knowledge. Dan, Eastern Jackson County, MO

 

 

 

Just wanted to let you know how well your techniques work!  This last Saturday, I acquired a blue and gold macaw. He's about 18 to 20 years old and was very cage aggressive.  In 2 short days he's gone from hissing and lunging to purring and letting me pet his whole body.   I don't think we would be where we are today with out your teachings!  Thanks for all that you have done!  Kiti Williams and Pepe La Blue, Pottstown, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm only half joking when I say you saved my marriage.  Thanks to our phone session, I was able to change our relationship with Cubby, our bare-eyed cockatoo.  When we first talked, Cubby was a spoiled, demanding, screaming little brat who ran the household, nipped at strangers and attacked my husband.  Thanks to the exercises you gave us I was able to set some limits for him.  It completely changed our relationship.  Now Cubby is like a new bird.  He's such a lovely, happy little fellow and what a difference in our home.  Now instead of wanting to get rid of him, my husband is nuts about him.  Thank you, so much. Candy S.

 

 

 

The mart in Kutztown was such a success; we are still feeling the effects of it!!  Not only did we get slammed with customers after your talks last Saturday, but we have had another incredible week on our website.  We have had only positive feedback from folks that attended the mart.  (Event organizer) Lisa Minnich has been positively on a cloud ever since. 

Now we can look forward to the next one!!  We will probably see you at another mart in our area.  I had heard that (another) Bird Club was interested in having you at their mart.  That is good.  Jim was very impressed - that takes a lot.  Thank you for your participation in last week’s mart - the crowd loved it and we all reaped the benefits. We will certainly recommend you to anyone who is having an event.  Candy & Jim Foxwell, Birdsnest Specialty, Belle Haven VA
 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw you first at the bird show in Timonium, Maryland and attended your workshop there. I was impressed. Two months later, I couldn't believe it when I saw you were actually coming to our little Kutztown, PA and of course, being only ten minutes away, I was there!

Your presentation... gave me new strength. I go in my bird room with a Wonder Woman attitude and I think they see the difference. I find it interesting that with this invincible attitude, the bites don't seem to hurt as much. The mind is a powerful thing!  Thanks for sharing your techniques.  Carol Schneck

 

 

 

I attended the bird fair in Kutztown this past Saturday and was very impressed with the information you shared. Thank you!  We are looking forward to hearing you speak again when next you are in our area.  Sincerely, Marj Epp

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw your demonstration in Kutztown this past weekend and was impressed with what you were able to do with the birds in only minutes.  Micki Haskins

 

 

 

From Birdtalk.com Bird Behavior Forum Post by AButterfly - Hi everyone. I was asked to post what I saw when I went to the bird show and saw Ken Globus. I went and let me tell you, I was astonished! It was SOOOO good that I was just so excited! There were about 4 birds that were problem birds. Well, in about 5 minutes with this guy, they were totally different birds! NO JOKE. As a matter of fact, most of them came right on to his hand and the owners were just stunned. 

He said that birds are NOT afraid of gloves and he proved that. He tamed the bird with a gloved hand, then he said he would remove the glove to see how the bird acted. The bird nipped his hand right away. He said that birds are afraid of what they don't know, not a glove. He said that birds just want the easy way out, the way that feels the best. The techniques are so simple and they just make plain sense. 

There was a family that brought their bird there, and it was a biter. It bit everyone in the family. Ken took it out and worked with it for about 2 minutes, and the change was just unbelievable! In about 5 minutes that bird was being passed around to people sitting in the audience and it would lay back and spread its feathers to be petted by these total strangers!! The family could NOT even believe it. 

If you have the chance to go see him somewhere, I would STRONGLY advise it. I can honestly say that if you have a problem bird, he is the guy. NO JOKE. He said he will be back in my area soon and we could see him again.  If he has a workshop anywhere near me, I will go. I don't care what it costs. If you have a bird that bites or acts badly, please consider this guy. 

I can honestly say that this guy was awesome. He just tells you things you would never know had you not seen him. Simple things. I went home and used the one of the techniques on Tia, and she responded right away. He just showed so many things, it was really cool. I would really tell anyone to go and see... You will not regret it. Had I not been there, I am not sure I would have believed it. So that is my two cents on that. I am so glad that I drove there to see him. I will be waiting until he returns to my area for sure.  If you have a little birdie that is just a little tyrant, he is the answer. I believe that he can help just about any bird. It was a really fun experience. AButterfly

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks very much for the wonderful work you did on Benjamine (my orange wing Amazon) at the program in Kutztown, PA on Saturday.  She is already less fearful of new objects and people, and I plan to do follow up work with her on step-ups and socialization.  Thanks again for a great experience!  You may see me in Hartford! Christine L. Webb, Upper Merion West PA

 

 

 

Even though my bird was difficult, the red belly, you were able to handle her.  You showed me things I can do and also that there is hope for her and me - I am greatly appreciative of that.  You are truly amazing.  Debbie Lentz

 

 

 

 

 

 

My sister and husband attended the Kutztown show today and could not stop talking about the amazing feats you accomplished with several birds.  Teresa Rothove

 

 

 

I really enjoyed your talk and learned a few pointers to help me. Flo Clupp, Delco Bird Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw you in Kutztown on Saturday.  I learned soooo much.  Thanks for sharing.  Margie Lyon

 

 

 

I saw you first at the bird show in Timonium, Maryland and attended your workshop there. I was impressed. Two months later, I couldn't believe it when I saw you were actually coming to our little Kutztown, PA and of course, being only ten minutes away, I was there!

Your presentation in Kutztown this past Saturday gave me new strength. I go in my bird room with Wonder Woman attitude and I think they see the difference. I find it interesting that with this invincible attitude, the bites don't seem to hurt as much. The mind is a powerful thing!  Thanks for sharing your techniques.  Sincerely, Carol Schneck

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was at the Kutztown show and loved your demonstration.  I learned a lot...  Diane Horvath, Macungie, PA

 

 

 

Seriously, I owe it all to Ken Globus and his articles.  Just read through all his articles and you will have a totally different view on how to handle untamed birds. His methods worked but are quite different from the usual stuff written in books. Based on the techniques I learned, I managed to overcome my fear and get to manipulate the parrot in a few steps and in a short time.  Post on Ministry of Parrot, Singapore by K

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post on rec.pets.birds  - Recently I saw (Ken Globus) do a presentation on how to handle difficult birds and was pretty amazed.  The techniques he uses are controversial to say the least, but they worked.  The first bird he worked with was an older Patagonian that had been a breeder for years, then it's mate died.  No one had ever handled the bird, or even been able to get close to it.  After 15-20 minutes, he was able to get the bird to perch on his hand and was able to pet it.  

The second bird was a 25-year-old wild caught Red-Lored Amazon who was also untouchable.  In just a short time, he had the bird perching on his hand and stepping up.  Initially the bird wanted to climb up to his shoulder, so getting it to stay on his hand was a challenge, but he did it.

I was definitely impressed by the results he had with the birds, although it wasn't without some resistance.  The birds bit him a number of times to begin with, then they seemed to realize that his hands were nothing to fear.  One way he calmed the birds was by holding them with very light pressure and gently moving them up & down.  

I've tried some of his techniques with two Amazons and two cockatiels that I recently got and I've had some good results.  

For the skeptics out there who might think his presentation was staged...I've known the lady who had the Red-Lored Amazon for about 20 years.  I had just been in her pet shop the week earlier and she was trying to give the bird away because she couldn't handle it.  When
anyone was near the bird's cage, it clung to the opposite side.  I didn't want to ruffle its feathers, so I kept my distance.

Sorry for such a long post.  I just found all this to be very interesting and was curious if others were familiar with this guy or his methods.  ParrotParent

 

 

 

This past weekend was the 2nd time that I have seen one of your demonstrations and I am impressed by how much you accomplish in such a short time. Thank you.  Micki Haskins, Coopersburg, PA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chispee is becoming more and more comfortable with being handled all the time, it's really amazing to watch it unfold. :)  I can't thank you enough for your wisdom and guidance in regards to her.  You change so many people's lives...  Coral Schnippert, Oregon
 

 

 

Dear Ken, After attending your workshop, we came home to play with our birds.  We have two Congo Greys, a female (I've had since she was weaned) she is seven, also a 17 year old male I was given, and have had since Dec. of last year, and our two year old Quaker male, who's a trip all by himself. 

We applied what we learned, although a bit hesitant we have made progress.  My 17 year old has been the most remarkable.  His entire life he has never let anyone pet his back.  I am now stroking down his back, he has been regurgitating on my hand,  he has a new confidence.  He is becoming playful, and sweeter by the day.  It was as if his eyes took on a new brightness.  I kid you not!

   Thank you so much for the work you're doing, it's exciting to see a bird relax, and become a beloved pet again. The cost I felt was fair, and it was a real treat to watch you in person, as I have been following your work for some time now.  Our very best to you, and please don't pay any attention to the 'good dead doers', who don't know their *#&# from their elbow.  Margie Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please know I HAVE been singing your praises, telling the stories, and giving out your website address to all who will listen.  Please continue your good works, bringing birds & their owners together.

You are truly doing a service to man & birdkind.      I guarantee when you reach the Pearly gates, St. Francis of Assisi will be there to greet you!  Keep up the good work; can't wait to see you again the next time you're in my area.  Fondly, Marge Kosmala

 

 

Thanks so much for taking the extra time for Tiki (the rosella) - Just those small insights of yours have made a night and day difference in our relationship.... thanks soooo much! 

I will not hesitate to get you over here for a personal consultation if we hit a snag, though! Thanks, Karen Malcor-Chapman

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just wanted to say thank you --  loved every minute of your workshop.  Gail Bernstein

 

 

 

Hi Ken,  Still working with my birds and having great success.   Hoping that you will be in the area again.  I would take a refresher any time you are here.  Linda Phillips, Chicago, IL
 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, thank you so much.  I know you stayed overtime and I really appreciate it.  Deshika tells me a couple times a day how she looks at Peaches completely differently now, with confidence and genuine affection.  Eric

 

 

 

You are still mentioned at our monthly meetings - that is the wonderful legacy you have left us in Alaska.  Bettie and I are still in awe over our encounter with you that empowered us to help others with bird behavioral issues.  Michael Stanton, Anchorage, AK

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saw you for the first time at the BOAF in Manchester, NH last year. To be honest I was one of the skeptical ones. You took my friend's blue and gold up with you during one of the sessions and I was amazed. She is the most wonderful bird to this day. We were wondering when you will be in this area again. Louise Backus, Manchester, NH

 

 

 

I really enjoyed your presentation at TASC in Chicago.  My grey and I have come far.  I look forward to you coming closer in the area so I can come again and bring my grey this time.    Thanks, Annette Bianchi 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken - Happy holidays from one of your admirers and fans.  I love all the work you do - making it possible for owners of misbehaved birds to become part of the family.  Claudia

 

 

 

Dear Kitty, Just wanted to let you know that you and the QCPS (Quad Cities Parrot Society) did an excellent job on the bird fair! I was very impressed! It was a very well organized, professional and enjoyable experience!

Ken Globus was GREAT and I feel so fortunate that I was able to see him, live. I am glad there are people like Ken in this world and it was so neat to see him give a demonstration. Your club did a super job putting together this event!  Thanks!  Sincerely, Erin Orchard

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been thru 2 programs and 4 workshops - watched results with 32 birds to date and all have been fantastic!  2 of those birds were in my own home so the results aren't just because the bird is in strange surroundings.  These 2 birds had extreme cage aggression (rescues).  I know he has been bashed in the upatsix group which is so unfounded as to be ridiculous.  Ken Globus is fantastic working with troubled birds and their owners.  Sharon

 

 

 

Thank you, Ken. Your workshop was not only a rewarding experience, but a huge pay off. Oscar and I formed an incredible bond. You are the bird man! I look forward to your next visit.  Dee, Tri State Avian Society, Tallahassee, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken:  I've been Googling you and reading up on some of the seminars/events you've done. I can't believe that people find you controversial! after seeing you and your methods, I don't know what people would find objectionable. You did an excellent job and just seeing you work was amazing.  Thanks for doing what you do! Myself and birds everywhere thank you. ;) sincerely, Erin
 

 

 

Ken, Casper just stepped up to come out of his cage. Thank God and thank you. I am so happy I want to shout to the world. Thanks ever so much.  Nancy Richter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken I would like to join your email list, but I also wanted to thank you. A few weeks ago you did a seminar in Illinois.  I ended up hearing your speech, saw your demonstrations, that day I bought another two cockatiels.  Well, to get to the point, the little girl, thanks to the great tips, and demonstrations, has become my best friend. She is only four months old, but she is one of the greatest joys in my life. She is not afraid of anything, literally. She does everything with me. Thank-you for giving me another great friend.  Without hearing your message I doubt Roxie and I would be so close.  Yours Truly, Amy Lynn

 

 

 

 

Just wanted to say a million thanks to you for all the training tips in your article--you're the greatest.  --Sandy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken, I am glad you are still doing what you are doing. The detractors are just jealous...

I've had my lovebird Petey for over 4 years now and although I never met you personally (we did speak on the phone) ..I always read your newsletters and finally got your desensitization approach...

Petey now lets me hold her. kiss her. pet her. etc!  Quite a change from the scared bird I adopted who I could not get  why she would not just let me rush in and pet her!!  We are all happy and she even tries to whistle back I love you ..(I think.)  Barbara 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for the great workshop in El Dorado.  Terri Holland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Mr. Globus,   I was so fortunate to attend your workshop last Saturday. I have already had wonderful results with the techniques I learned in just one week!  People like you give us hope for a little Peace, one bird and their human at a time!  Thank you again for some valuable insight on Parrot needs. Janine Weeks  

 

 

 

Reprinted from a message thread on animalnetwork.com

quote from a skeptic:


Posted by KittyJ ...hey, calm down, I just am thinking of the logical thing, okay? Becuase there are experts who have problem soome birds. You cannot just handle it for two minutes, its like a magic show or a circus when they choose someone out of the audience. Ofcourse they paid the person to act or do so as they did.


 

Then, from a supporter:

This is a thread that's fascinating for a number of reasons. The first is that we have a group of people who have informed opinions as a result of either seeing Mr. Globus in person or having at least examined his web site. Next, we have a person who thinks nothing of slandering another person with an opinion that's based on nothing more than a hunch. Finally, we have Mr. Globus himself, sounding intelligent, friendly, and informative. I've got to say, this is really an action-packed thread.

Here's my opinion: I met Mr. Globus last year when he came to Anchorage for a couple of workshops. There were about 50 people in the room and, instead of pre-screening the birds or their owners, he simply asked for birds that have difficult behavior problems. That's all. No tricks. No looking for easy birds. He simply wanted to help the people who had the biggest problems.

I had spoken to many people before the workshop started, and I'd say about 20 percent of them were slightly skeptical that he could do anything about a bird's behavior problem in such a short time. Some others just had a wait-and-see attitude. And the majority felt confident, based on what they'd seen and heard about Ken, that he could do what his reputation implies he can do. And, of course, there was one irrational person who was positive it was all a hoax. There's always one of those.

Ken began the workshop by telling us how he started handling birds in his parents' store, how no one in the store knew anything about handling birds and he had to develop his techniques by trial and error (the error being quite painful), and that all the birds in those days were wild-caught, terrified, and violent. Okay, he was interesting. But could he tame birds?

He answered that question in the next five minutes when a woman I knew (who hadn't been able to handle her bird in years) joined him at the front of the room. He asked her about her bird's behavior, and she said that one day the bird just decided it wouldn't be handled anymore, and got vicious with her when she tried to take it out of the cage. Ken proceeded to show her how to take the bird out of the cage and what to do when the bird tries to bite. And that's about 80 percent of the secret right there: when the bird realized that trying to bite Ken didn't make him run away, it stopped trying to bite him. That took a total of about 90 seconds. In the next 60 seconds, Ken got the bird to step up on his hands, after which the bird was a complete love sponge -- to the extent that Ken was nuzzling the bird and scratching under its wings.

To say that the collective jaws of 50 people dropped simultaneously would be an understatement. Most people in the audience gasped. Some actually cried, knowing how happy this woman now was with her loving pet. And any trace of skepticism evaporated.

I spent four hours in that workshop watching him handle a variety of birds -- from macaws to cockatoos to little parrots -- and there wasn't a bird that he wasn't able to turn around.

As for the issue with the gloves, Ken is so right that birds can be afraid of anything new -- whether it's gloves, an unfamiliar sound, or a stranger in the room. But in every case, he had the birds hopping up comfortably on the very gloves that terrified them only moments before.

I will admit that Ken's techniques are contrary to what many bird behaviorists have been telling us for decades: that we should never stress a bird by making it do anything it doesn't want to do. That kind of passivity, my friends, is a formula for disaster with a bird that's got behavior issues.

What Ken does is to expose the bird to the thing it's most afraid of. Does this stress the bird? Probably. But a few seconds of stress is a tiny price to pay for a lifetime of companionship with a loving pet.

Ken was bright, articulate, sensitive to the fears of the bird owners, and -- more than anything else -- totally successful.

So, KittyJ, do you want to cling to the ludicrous notion that he's a hoax? Do you still want to believe that audience members were paid to participate in a conspiracy. Or are you willing to step up to the plate and admit that maybe you're wrong to have judged him without a shred of first-hand experience?   Birds In Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a post on the perch.net message board

 

I have been yelled at on other groups for daring to say anything good about him (Ken Globus), so I try not to get into a big confrontation about it. But since you ask, it was a wonderful workshop with about seven of us there with birds and about fifteen without. When I mentioned to another group that I would be attending, I was told how horrible Ken Globus is, how he abuses birds, uses flooding techniques, etc. But everyone who went pretty much came away with the same opinion - he doesn't so much do anything to the birds as much as he teaches the *owners* what *they* are doing wrong!

Ken had one woman with an umbrella cockatoo who let everyone in the room pet him, but who would bite and strike at her. Ken sat the bird down in the lap of a woman sitting next to the owner, and slowly worked the owner into the petting process. In about five minutes, the cockatoo literally climbed back into his owner's lap, clacking and spreading his wings, and loving the attention. She had been told by some bird behaviorist, after the bird had displayed some troublesome behavior (can't recall if it was aggression, phobia, etc) NOT to touch the bird, to let the bird dictate where the relationship went, etc. She had not been able to pet this bird for close to a year, and when that bird climbed into her lap, she was not the only one who was crying!

As for Jimmy, my little terror, my ten minutes with Ken figuratively shrank Jimmy in my mind from a huge looming vicious beak into a little green bird who didn't know who to trust and who wanted to know that he was not going to be hurt again. So even though he was easily the meanest bird at that workshop (the only one who didn't nip and let go, but bit with a vengeance), with a little help from Ken, I learned how to approach Jimmy with more confidence and less nervousness, and he learned that he could bite me and I wouldn't do anything horrible to him. By the end of the ten minutes, he was stepping up on my bare hand.  Donna, El Dorado, CA

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, I attended your workshop back in March, at the TASC workshop in Chicago.  You worked with my Amazon and me, and I am still getting compliments about how well he has done.   Today I took him to our club meeting.   Several people were there that attended the workshop with me.  They were amazed that Desi was the same bird that was with me that day.   He socialized with other members of the club and had a good time doing it.   He truly is a wonderful bird, and you are a wonderful man to be able to work with such  aggressive birds that can, and do inflict a lot of damage to the human hand. 

Thank you again so very, very much for helping Desi become a loving bird.  Thank you    Judy Geary, board member Michiana Bird Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Donna, I'm so glad that there's room in the workshop for us; I actually flew to Chicago (from California) to see Ken in action last weekend. I wanted to be sure that his training method was what I wanted for my bird. He was terrific (that trite phrase doesn't do him justice-- but at least it gives you an idea of my enthusiasm). So if you want any testimonials from me -- or whatever -- just let me know. 

Another reason I'm telling you that I've seen him already is because I understand that there is a movement in the bird behavioral world to try to suppress Ken's work. if you, or anyone you know, have any doubts about having Ken work with the birds in your club please email me or even give me a call to discuss your fears. I would be more than happy to give you my first-hand impressions, and I can also give you specific examples of the kinds of problem birds that were there in Chicago and how he helped them (and their owners). Jacqueline Jones

 

 

 

 

 

I attended your informative workshop at the TASC Bird Show.  Mai Tai, my Blue Front Amazon, was seventeen years old when I purchased him.  He had not been handled in a long time.  I attempted, many times to calm him where I could put him on my hand (from in the cage as well as when he was out of the cage).  He would bite every time, breaking skin on all occasions.  He has been termed by family as "vicious" and they would tell me to "get rid of him". 

At your training seminar, I found your talk to be extremely informative.  You really hit it on the head, describing the 3 fears.  I did not realize how much I feared my bird.  I also realize that I was re-enforcing the bird’s biting habits.  You helped me, one on one, to get past my fears. I am so grateful.

At your seminar we found out that Mai Tai's biggest fear is coming out of the cage by hand.  Once he was out of the cage, we found he was a good bird and a big baby.  He loves to be touched and makes baby sounds as he is being petted.  You showed me different techniques to get him out of the cage gently and "without fear", so that we can enjoy each other.  I can now take him out of his cage by hand, and am able to give him the love he wants.  My family is totally amazed as well.

I also want to let you know that besides the work you did with me and my bird, I was totally entranced watching you with the other variety of birds you worked with that day.  There were so many different species of birds, and I was surprised at all the different problems people faced.  Your care and love for all the birds and their owners was inspirational.  You not only worked with the birds individually but also with each owner individually along with their birds.  You really do care for each person and bird, showing that you truly want each of them to have a bond with their bird.

It was such an enjoyable experience that I would love to attend again, even though I don't need it for my bird, but because I enjoyed watching you work with all the birds and seeing the pleased, happy faces around the room as the bird and owners bonded.

I get so excited and emotional knowing that I can provide so much more joy and love to Mai Tai.  You have changed our lives for the better.  Thank you so much!!  Linda Haarmans, Naperville, IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, (We) wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Workshop over the weekend and the extra time we were able to spend with you.  We know you hear praises all the time and it must all sound the same after awhile but we really did appreciate learning from you.   Teresa and Mike Marty

 

 

 

I enjoyed your demonstration at the World of Pets Expo in Timonium.  I learned so much and can't wait to begin to apply your techniques with my Senegal who began biting in earnest over the past year.  He really has gotten the upper beak :) in my house - until now! Thank you.  Linda Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We saw you today Saturday 1/28/06  in Timonium Md and I had talked to you about our Quaker that would not come out of her cage.  After a few little nips and about 20 min of work I can have her step up on to my hand and go out of her cage.  You are a wonderful man and I was amazed to see your work.  The next time you are in the area we will register for your class.  My husband Randy was the one at the end holding the Macaw.  Keep working on that book and video.  Thanks again, Tammy Odenbaugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed your demonstration at the World of Pets Expo in Timonium.  I learned so much and can't wait to begin to apply your techniques with my Senegal who began biting in earnest over the past year.  He really has gotten the upper beak :) in my house - until now!  Thank you.  Linda Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

Linda and I enjoyed your workshop very much.  For the first time in three years we finally have the feeling we can accomplish what we have so wanted to in the past. 

I am sure the thousands of people you have helped in the past feel as we do.  We even considered having our bird put down when we passed on, because we didn't feel anyone would take a bird like ours, and we couldn't bare to think of someone mistreating him.  A real weight has been lifted from our shoulders.  We thank you so much.  Art & Linda Decker

 

 

 

Hi Ken, It's Jackie Hugo.  It was truly amazing when you worked with Scooter the Umbrella Cockatoo that Lori and John had worked with at the rescue for 4 + years and to see them in tears when you got that bird over it's fear of hands and coming out of the cage and then later sitting on the laps of others -- you have changed that bird's life as well as that bird being able to be adopted out.  I think when a person can do that they are truly amazing.  I know that your seminar will help the rescue get better results and I especially liked how you taught them to protect them selves better.   

When I signed up for the seminar I heard from other people that it's flooding the birds and that they thought that wasn't the way to do it.  I say to them they don't know what they are talking about and they need to see you in person before judging you.  You make the bird face its  fears head on; can you imagine living in a fearful existence always afraid of everything and how that must be so stressful day in and day out for them?  

For an owner of a bird to bring that bird to you, and tell you that they are afraid of it because of a severe bite or that they bird is so fearful to come out of the cage and then for you to work with it for 15 minutes or less and have that bird sitting on the lap of the owner and the owner petting that bird.  It’s amazing.   You truly changed the lives of the owners and the birds.

Scooter and the Meyers Parrot were the two that amazed me the most last weekend.  When you work with that wild caught, retired, un-handled breeder, and you taught it to step up within 4 minutes and having it lying in the palm of your hand within 5 more -- that deserved a medal!! 

I am a full supporter of your work and anyone who doesn't agree with your methods must not have seen you in action!!  I got home Sunday night and tried your methods with my Blue Crowned conure and I think we are on the way to a great relationship again.  Next bird to work with is my untamed African Grey; I know that with the skills you showed us that I will be able to make great progress with her.  No bird should live in fear of the unknown.  

So now the big question is that we now need to get you booked at one of our seminars?? I know it would be great for the volunteers of CARE to get another refresher from you as well.  

Can you send me the cost information ASAP so that I can get that to the board.  Can't wait to see you again – you’re awesome!!  Jackie Hugo, V.P./Seminar Coordinator, Madison Area Cagedbird Assoc. of Wisconsin (M.A.C.A.W. Clubs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I attended a workshop of yours about 2 years ago in Torrance.  It was great and I have to say that your new newsletter is fabulous!  Thanks so much and keep up the good work.  Your admirer, Jaime Albano

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Wings Central Forum:

 

Hi, I know how upset you must be, but before you re-home your bird, I would like to recommend that you call Ken Globus, "The Bird-Whisperer".  I saw him in action at a seminar in Old Saybrook CT a month ago.  He was amazing.  A couple came with a Macaw that they were both terrified of and wouldn't let anyone touch him.  By the end of the day, the bird was stepping up, and being pet on the head.  I saw other birds who hadn't let their owners touch them in years allow themselves to be petted.  I went with my Senegal who bit like crazy, and he showed me how to work with her.  

Some people don't like what Ken does, but I can't see why.  The birds were not harmed in any way and they responded quickly to his method.  It is certainly worth a try if you don't want to give up your bird.  Good luck. Sincerely, Wendy

 

 

 

Hello Ken,  I wanted to thank you so much for your tip about using gloves. I'm a  brand new African Grey owner. Bella has only been home for a week now  and she's been brought up by an excellent and very loving breeder. 

She's about 19 weeks old and is a real sweetheart but she's been a  little nippy. Her bites are not really aggressive at all but they come unexpectedly and they're enough to give you a jolt for sure. I've just finished a session with her practicing step ups that really proves your contentions. First of all, she's never seen these gloves. They are blue and black winter bike bike gloves made of neoprene with leather and  rubber reinforcements. I mention this to point out that they are not  dainty little skin colored gloves and she wasn't the teeniest bit  frightened by them. AND I wasn't the teeniest bit edgy or nervous of  her biting me. It enabled me to have a really good training session  with her that demonstrated that biting her gets her nowhere and not biting gets her praise. FANNNNTASTIC!

I just wanted to let you know you've helped someone who despite all  the reading and studying I've done, is still a real newbie. Feel free  to publish this if you like.  Thanks, Geoff Stanners, Toronto, ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken, Just wanted to drop a note of thanks and let you know how much my life and that of all of my birds has changed since attending your workshop. You will easily be able to distinguish which attendee I was by the fact that I was the one who was involved in a horrible car accident just 5 blocks away from the PNC building.  My car was declared a total loss.  Kayla, my BE2 and I were extremely lucky to walk away basically physically unharmed. Thankfully I decided at the last minute not to bring my Scarlet Macaw Jackie to the seminar as I am sure she would have suffered greatly.

If you recall Kayla for some unknown reason decided she didn't like me so much anymore even though I have been her slave since she was a baby 3 yrs ago. I have used all of your training suggestions here at home in the past 2 weeks and she is GREATLY improved.

But even more valuable were all the other tips I learned from your interactions with the other 6 birds brought there for help. My untouchable Scarlet will now let me touch her... I have been working with this rescue bird for over a year . Using the knowledge I gained from your workshop I have come much farther in just 2 weeks than in the past year.

I can only say Thank You from me and my flock of 8 and tell you that I will most definitely be attending more of your seminars in the future. Hopefully I will see you in Timonium, MD, Many blessings to you and yours, Lu Ann Keneagy

 

 

 

Post on the Bailey Foundation Forum:  "Check out Ken Globus' site, he works with all kinds of parrots with all kinds of baggage.  His techniques are proven and work wonders. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken:

 

I attended the seminar you held last Saturday in Wilmington DE. I found it to be fascinating and informative. You are doing a great service for both captive birds and their owners.

I am a volunteer for Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Newark, DE and have volunteered their for the last 10 years.

Again thank you for a fascinating seminar. It was well worth it.  Best Regards, Helene

 

 

 


Dear Ken,

My Husband, Rueben, and I would like to thank you for your demonstration today in Wilmington, DE.  I want to say that people who do not understand or are negative about your techniques just do not understand how the mind works.  I am working on a degree in psychology with an Animal Science minor, and am studying in the field of animal behavior.  I work at a University of  Veterinary Medicine as a technician (with large animals, consequently).   Although I mainly believe in techniques of positive reinforcement, I do understand your techniques of progressive desensitization.  For laypeople, you could equate it to treatment for phobias in people, where the therapist has the person progressively expose themselves to their fears to overcome them.  When a bird is fearful of hands, you expose them to fast movements and light touches to make them realize that the hands are NOT going to hurt them.  That follows the same psychological concept.

And Jeff, we thank you and The Bailey Foundation for setting up this seminar.  Rueben and I tried to go to the seminar at the Pet Expo in Maryland a few months ago, but had to work that day.  So we are grateful for you setting this up.  Thanks again to you both, Sincerely, Jackie Watson - Wings in Waiting Parrot Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken:  Thanks for a great seminar.  We learned a great deal.  We now need to deal with our attitudes and practice what we were taught.  Thanks again:  Scott Shevey

 

 

 

I found you on the internet when I was doing a search about pet parrots that bite. I read every single thing on your website. I was immediately VERY impressed.  I presently have nine pet parrots - four came from rescue scenarios.  My most challenging bird right now is my most recent acquisition - a Red Lored female Amazon. She is more "bark" than "bite" - at times, getting her out of her cage can be tricky - she will lunge at my hand and definitely make contact with her beak but she has not broken any skin as of yet. When I stay steady she only tries this once or twice and then she will calmly step up.  After reading all your stuff, I had a "breakthrough" session with Lucy (Amazon's name).  During this session I was able to transfer her from one hand to the other w/o her trying to bite me - this was a FIRST!  Thanks so much for your terrific website.  

 

Then a follow up email: 

 

Honestly, all I can say is that you gave me the courage to not back off in fear with Lucy AND this made a huge difference. We had another wonderful session yesterday - spent a long time transferring from one hand to another and Lucy made a brand new vocalization that I never heard come out of her before - it was like she was playing with me - nice and easy and relaxed.  Lucy is absolutely gorgeous by the way!  Wendy K

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Ken for the workshop in Old Saybrook. I am the one that came in with my husband Brian and our Military Macaw, Yago. Are your arms and hands healed yet?

Yago is doing well and I can now handle my Maroon Bellied Conure  and I have not been bitten in my face at all since the workshop. Thank you again, and again!!!!!!!

Keep up the excellent work with these wonderful birds. Lisa Burke Norwich, CT

 

 

 

Email received by Timothee Graze, owner of the Featherlust Bird Store:

 

Hi Timothee-- I want to thank you for having Ken come to this area.  I now have a  renewed relationship with Barney the Senegal.  I had contemplated  giving him away, since he wasn't getting out of his cage anymore, (I  was afraid of being bitten any time I tried to put him on my hand.)

The workshop with Ken gave my feathered friend back to me.  We are  able to cuddle once again, and are both a lot happier.  I don't even  need to use my gloves when I handle him--or haven't yet, at least.  Once again, thank you-- Linda Morris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken:  A quick note to tell you again how much I appreciated the wealth of information and insight you shared at your workshop this weekend in Kansas City.  Linda Roberts

 

 

 

 

Hi Ken, Dan and I attended your seminar in Kansas City today, March 19, 2006.  As you know, we were very glad to be there.  I came home and… was able to pet (Zaire) - using your techniques - first time ever.  All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.  I hope that you'll be back in Kansas City or a city close by for an advanced class someday soon.  What a caring and honest person.  Julie McCorkindale

 

 

 

 

 

 

HI Ken! - I’m sure you receive a lot of emails thanking you for helping them out with their bird problems, but let me be just one of the many people around the world that truly appreciates the effort you put in helping bird owners.

Im Jaq Corsiga, I am from the Philippines. My sister, a couple of days ago, bought two cockatiels from a pet shop. I am sure, that they were not hand raised. They also hissed at me, and bit my finger every time.

very same day they arrived, I immediately checked the internet on ways to get them to eat. They were not eating; I then learned that they needed time to settle in. I also "learned" that they needed time to gain my trust. "Experts" on the internet, or gurus, advised me not to touch them, or to use a towel. I was a bit disappointed because I really did want to gain their trust, but I also wanted to interact and touch the birds.

A day later I was able to watch your videos on youtube. What you did there was great. You also encouraged owners to take the birds out of the cage and touch them. Let me tell you that I tried this before I read your articles. the birds would always bite my fingers. Lucky that I was using my mom's gardening gloves. I know that they are only cockatiels but they still pierced the skin, and are still painful…so I wasn’t quite comfortable handling them.  

Then I read your article about "pressure". You advised owners to let them perch on your hand while carrying them above your head. Let me tell you, for some strange reason, it worked! I also did what you advised like the iron fist and the like, it all really worked.  

It took me only less then 10 mins for them to be comfortable in my hand without biting. I only had these "wild" birds for three days, and they now act like I hand raised them since they hatched.

 I only read all your articles, didn’t need to pay anything, but now I’m a happy owner of two cute little happy cockatiels just by reading your articles and watching your youtube videos.

Again I would like to thank you for your help! You truly are the bird whisperer! God bless! and from the Philippine Islands "Mabuhay ka!"  Jaq Corsiga

 

 

 

Hi Ken!  Wizzo and I are making great progress -- so much so, that she is now better behaved than my other grey, Bela.  Wizzo seems to have a new confidence to her.  I've increased 'passing Wizzo around' when we are at the vets or have company but folks are apprehensive because she used to be such brat. 

Thank you for the kind words on bird energy.  I've learned to move slow and use a soft tone throughout my experiences with animals and really, reading them seems to be key.

Best to you and the fids you meet,  Julie

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

On Mother’s Day 2006, my fiancé, Mark, & I had a phone consultation with Ken Globus. A ten-inch terrorist, re-named Bogey, had taken over our home.

 

But from the beginning:

 

Bogey came from a rescue. A 7-year old male Senegal, he was verbally entertaining. He creaked like an old door, rang like a phone, and could do a solo answering machine routine (including beeps, clicks & voices) that was hilarious. And he learned knew things quickly. At first kept in a spare bedroom for quarantine purposes, he remained there as I tried to figure out why he was biting with such determination! The key issues were sexual behavior and biting when he didn’t want to do what I wanted him to do. (Go figure!) The problem was trying to anticipate when he would strike as he gave almost no warning.  Making his living with his hands, Mark (my fiancé) viewed my many bites and wanted no part of this!  

I read everything I could find and tried several different approaches, but the leaders in the field all said the same thing: Figure out what happened just before a bite and then don’t do it. I saw the world that I had tried to open up for Bogey being closed back down. Eventually, I hit a wall. Having dealt with dogs and horses for decades, I knew it was time to seek professional help or give him up. (I hate quitting.) But who should I call? They were all saying the same things that had helped bring me to the impasse at which I’d arrived.

 On online search lead me to Ken Globus, The Bird Whisperer.  (During our phone sessions) the key elements we introduced to Bogey were: Position #1; Fist of Iron; vet wrapped fingers (purple courage); laddering; and Pressure On/Pressure Off.

HE IS A DIFFERENT BIRD.  He’s now downstairs in the dining room and participating in family life. I haven’t had a bite since that ONE phone call. Oh, he’s tried to nip a FEW times, but there’s no conviction behind them now. My fiancé is now handling him. The bird that we walked on eggshells around so I wouldn’t get bitten now looks to us for reassurance that everything is OK. The bird that used to FREAK at the mere sight of a towel now plays towel games. The bird that was afraid of toys now has his human playing fetch. Ask him, “Want some?” and the bird makes a bee line to see what treat is being offered. Head scratches are part of the daily routine.

 I’ve re-read all of the books and articles I had read before working with Ken. I now realize that Bogey & I are breaking all the rules and living happier! I’ve applied this to my other birds, too. As happy as they already were, even they appreciate the new approach.

So the Ken Globus detractors can continue attacking what they don’t understand. In our house, we know different. Thank you, Ken!  Nancy Schilsky & Mark Johns Beloit, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken, Just wanted to drop a note of thanks and let you know how much my life and that of all of my birds has changed since attending your workshop. You will easily be able to distinguish which attendee I was by the fact that I was the one who was involved in a horrible car accident just 5 blocks away from the PNC building.  My car was declared a total loss.  Kayla, my BE2 and I were extremely lucky to walk away basically physically unharmed. Thankfully I decided at the last minute not to bring my Scarlet Macaw Jackie to the seminar as I am sure she would have suffered greatly.

If you recall Kayla for some unknown reason decided she didn't like me so much anymore even though I have been her slave since she was a baby 3 yrs ago. I have used all of your training suggestions here at home in the past 2 weeks and she is GREATLY improved.

But even more valuable were all the other tips I learned from your interactions with the other 6 birds brought there for help. My untouchable Scarlet will now let me touch her... I have been working with this rescue bird for over a year . Using the knowledge I gained from your workshop I have come much farther in just 2 weeks than in the past year.

I can only say Thank You from me and my flock of 8 and tell you that I will most definitely be attending more of your seminars in the future. Hopefully I will see you in Timonium, MD, Many blessings to you and yours, Lu Ann Keneagy

 

 

 

Would you believe I'm actually holding Killer right now as I write this?!!!!!!  I'm sooooooooooooo excited!!!  Janie Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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