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Bird Training and Taming

Keeping birds tame in the store requires diligence from employees, but the payoff is worth it.

An Exotic Challenge

Retailers that deal in exotic pets must navigate a jungle of challenges and scrutiny from regulators.

The Perfect Habitat

Retailers should advise bird customers about proper temperature, humidity and lighting requirements.

Budgerigars and Cockatiels

These popular birds make up over half the bird species owned, which makes it imperative that retailers cater to these creatures in their bird departments.

A Poor Excuse

Many pet specialty retailers report various reasons they don't sell wild birdseed, but the truth is they are missing out on a huge industry. By

Avian First-Aid

Retailers can help the owners of sick or injured birds by assessing the problem and, if need be, recommending a visit to a local avian veterinarian.

Toy Stories

When selecting toys for the cage, encourage owners to keep in mind the bird’s species, size, interests and personality.

Deep Cleaning

Birds have a sensitive respiratory system that is susceptible to air quality, so owners and retailers need to act with care when cleaning their cages.

Bird Keeping Dos (and Don’ts)

Retailers who educate their customers on the basic dos and don’ts of bird keeping will help ensure that both bird and owner are happy.

Taking a Stand

Play stands are necessary items for birds, as they provide space to let loose with toys and climbing items that are different from those in the cage.

Old Habits Die Hard

Pet owners and retailers must stay open to incorporating new knowledge into our pet care programs so we can keep pets healthy in the store and at home.

The Art of Matchmaking

Pairing potential owners with birds that complement their lifestyles will result in happy customers who will return to the store for years to come.
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