Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Tips for a Trained Bird

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Not every parrot owner acquires their parrot as a baby or directly from a reputable breeder or pet store. Some parrot owners acquire their older parrot through a pet adoption program, or through a rehoming situation. No matter how an older parrot is acquired, they will have very special training needs.

Most likely your older parrot is more nervous being in a strange home with strange people and even stranger sounds and sights. They will typically express this nervousness through aggression that is commonly displayed by your parrot being extremely territorial of his cage or carrier.

You must have the utmost patience with your older parrot during his adjustment phase into his new home with you. This is certainly not the time to fight fire with fire! The quieter you are around your parrot and the softer you speak, the calmer your older parrot will become. Ever heard the expression “Music soothes the savage Beast”? Well, try playing some soothing music for your parrot.

Make sure that you also provide your new parrot with all of the foods that they are used to eating in their former home. If those foods can be considered to be ‘parrot junk-food’, such as foods that are heavily dyed and covered in sugar or salt, then you should also offer your parrot healthier food choices. But allow him to get used to eating different food at his own pace. Never simply replace his old brand of food with a new brand of food. Parrots need time to adjust to their food as well. Switching over too soon could cause your parrot to refuse to eat and he may starve. Sounds rather extreme, but it is sadly quite true.

You should also try to make sure that your parrot’s cage is a safe and happy haven for him. If your parrot still has his old cage, then you should clean it thoroughly and replace any broken toys, torn up ropes and whittled perches with newer and stronger ones. If you are giving your new older parrot a brand new cage, then do try to outfit with new perches and toys that are of the right dimension and size for your breed of parrot.

Place the cage in such a way that it is up against at least one wall in your house, and in an area of the house that is most often frequented by family members. Older parrots desire a sense of security and being against a wall offers that to them. The easiest way to assimilate your older parrot into the comings and goings of your family is to place them where they can feel that they are a part of your family, such as in the living room. But do not place their cage in the kitchen as fumes from certain types of pots and pans can be quite lethal to parrots.

With older parrots it is best to simply take your time in training them and allow them to actually set the pace.

Unlock the Inner Bird

Training Your Bird Can Do So Much….

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When we see a parrot, we see what a pretty bird it is and think it can’t be that hard to have a bird for a pet. Well, that’s not a safe assumption! In fact, birds are great pets, if you know what you’re in for. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up with a pet you can’t stand who screams at you, bites you, and generally disrupts your life.

Bird rescues are filled with birds that are no longer convenient as pets for owners who have grown tired of them. These birds can come with bad behaviors that need to be reworked before they can be adopted out.

The good news for bird rescues and bird owners like you is that any bird can be trained out of bad habits! Proper training and management can keep bad behaviors from forming altogether or can help change behaviors a bird may already have.

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What
Does Training Do

Training helps change the relationship between a bird and his human. It develops communication between bird and human, and it can actually make your bird learn to love you.

Many mistakes in bird training are easily made by an owner, particularly if you don’t know it’s a mistake. Sometimes owners resort to mean or punitive styles of training that just don’t work and are cruel. These methods create birds that are fearful or mean in exchange.

Training should be positive and geared towards the bird. When training is done this way, a bird quickly responds and noticeable changes occur in a matter of days or weeks. Those previous behaviors of biting, screaming, or trying to harm you gradually reduce and go away.

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The Best Way to Train Your Bird

Bird professionals have developed a way of working with your bird that is easy for the bird owner to replicate. You don’t have to be a professional to know how to do it! If you want to have access to FREE videos, information on birds and training, and know that you’re getting the real deal on advice, you need to check out this training system. It’s even the training style that world famous magician David Copperfield used for his very own birds. If it’s good enough for him, it’s definitely good enough for everyone else too!

In the process, you’ll learn so much about your own bird, you’ll be amazed at what it does for you and your bird!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Bird Training Miracle Work

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Bird Training Miracle Work

Are You Frustrated?

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If you’re one of many frustrated bird owners, today is your day to turn it all around.

“In just under 2 weeks I have gone from a quivering, tearful, frustrated bird rescuer, to the proud owner of Dylan, the Parrot who in his own words is ‘alright’…. Thank you for your information…” Josette Bellham, Lowestoft, UK.

Just like Josette, Parrot Secrets can help you learn how to communicate with your bird and teach him new things (like tricks and building vocabulary). It can also help you fix bad behaviors.

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Learn from Experience

Experience teaches you the best way to do things. Sometimes when we first start out, we muddle our way through things, learning by trial and error. This is how many parrot owners start out….learning from trial and error. Unfortunately, this can help create a lot of bad bird habits in the process.

Most bad bird habits are created by mistakes made in training. The good news is that all of this can be easily corrected with just a simple 15 minutes a day! There are three important things you need to do:

1. Learn all the key points of parrot knowledge, which you will easily learn with the Parrot Secrets system.

2. Armed with this knowledge, work to correct any miscommunications between bird and human.

3. Be able to recognize early symptoms of problems and fix them (or even prevent them).

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What is Parrot Secrets?

Parrot Secrets is a comprehensive program to teach you how to work with your bird. It’s an easy-to-read 4 e-book system that teaches you things like:

Book 1: Learn how to teach your bird tricks and improve his vocabulary. You’ll learn neat things like the 3 easiest words to teach your bird and what are the most common indicators for a bird ready to speak.

Book 2: Creating a bird that loves you! This book will help you deal with bad behaviors like screaming and biting plus it shows you how much a difference toys and cage placement can make.

Book 3: The proper parrot diet, and one surprise for many ….seeds aren’t enough!

Book 4: The tips to pick out the right bird and how to avoid bad bird sellers. Learn how to do the proper research and get the right bird for you.

Along with these 4 e-books, you’ll receive bonus materials!

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Results are in….

“I found your parrot training courses easy to understand and follow. With a little patience and good humor, you can follow Nathalie’s information and train your bird to be a wonderful, life-long companion. My bird Sapphire is screaming less and I’m enjoying her more. What more could you ask?” Bill Tanner, Los Angeles, California.

“I cannot thank you enough, and aside from this bird, your training was the smartest purchase I have ever made. Every day we learn new things together. This course in less than 2 weeks has changed both of our lives… Thank YOU, again!!!” Jennifer Clark,New Hyde Park, New York, USA.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Learning to Speak Bird

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

If you are a parrot owner, then you surely know how wonderfully talkative parrots can be! They have an amazing ability to create all kinds of sounds and noises. But they also have the ability to say words and phrases too, all they need is the proper training.

Teaching your parrot to talk at home is not as daunting a process as you may think. As long as you equip yourself with the right tools, and the right frame of mind, anything is possible!

Parrots are smarter than dogs and cats and easily pick up words and sounds quickly. Parrots can be taught to understand long sentences and short words alike. Their first attempt at learning to talk will most likely be by learning to mimic the noises and sounds that you make when you are talking to them.

Therefore, you should always be consciously aware of the words you speak around your parrot. Choose words that are easy to pronounce so that your parrot can easily pick up on the sounds as this will help them to learn faster.

You should then focus on these words and use them in various phrases and sentences so that your parrot can easily pick them out, as well as hearing them used in different types of contexts. Pretty soon your parrot will be picking up on those words and will be repeating them back to you! Remember, that as soon as your parrot says a word, or at least tries to say a word, you should immediately praise him or her. Giving your parrot their favorite treat is also a good idea to reward them from their effort.

Set aside some time each day where you and your parrot can have some alone time to learn new words and phrases. Make sure that there will be no interruptions during this time! Make the teaching lessons short and sweet - never overdo it or expect too much from your parrot during the first few lessons. And make the lessons fun! A bored parrot will not learning anything!

You can also teach your parrot to talk at home by repeating certain words with certain actions, such as saying ‘bye-bye’ whenever you leave the house, or ’sleepy-time’ every night when you cover your parrot’s cage for the night. This will help your parrot to associate certain actions with certain words.

Another tip is to tell your parrot what food they are eating every time you offer it to them, such as a banana. This will help reinforce the meanings behind the words to your parrot.

Remember to have fun teaching your parrot to talk!

Learning to Speak Bird

Want a Chatty Bird?

Have you always wanted a bird that could talk up a storm, whistle, sing tunes, and more? Maybe you’ve admired other birds and thought you couldn’t teach yours to do the same thing. Or maybe it’s just a whole lot easier than you thought it was!

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Why Can It Be Easy?

It can be easier than you think if you just know the way to do it. Most training problems with birds come down to the fact that we don’t always know how to work with them. Training a bird doesn’t have to be hard at all.

A new system, a “real speech” training system, makes it easier than ever to teach a parrot to talk. You can actually help your bird build a vocabulary of several hundred words! This system was developed by bird people who learned through experience exactly the best ways to train your bird. There are lots of factors that can affect your bird’s learning. Things like:

How much time you spend working with your bird

How you train your bird

What kind of bird you have

What mistakes you might be making

Your bird’s individual personality

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The Best Training
Method for Teaching a Bird to Talk

You have the opportunity to learn these “real speech” methods for a limited time offer of a 30 day free trial. There is no risk for you at all, but you have a lot to gain! Birds are actually very eager learners, and with the right methods, you can easily learn how to communicate with your bird. The “real speech” training system can help you know how to tell what will work best for your individual bird.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

All the Bells and Whistles

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Some parrots are prone to developing bad habits just like a three year old child is prone to having a tantrum. Just like with a child, a parrot will need to ‘unlearn’ those behaviors and replace them with acceptable ones. Ignorance is not bliss in this case as those bad habits and behaviors can cause your parrot to injure himself or worse. Every parrot can be trained out of their bad habits and behaviors. It is simply a matter of learning how to properly train your parrot and have lots of patience.

Training Recommendations:

Decide on a training time that does not interfere with your family’s busiest times, such as during breakfast or when everyone comes home from school or work.

Set a time limit. A good timeframe for any training session is 20 to 30 minutes. It best to keep them on the shorter side as your parrot may become bored and act out which will have the opposite effect of what
you are trying to accomplish.

Make sure that you are in a calm and relaxed frame of mind before taking your parrot out of their cage to begin a training session. Parrots are sensitive creatures and will mimic your emotions.

Study your parrot’s body language as this will help you to quickly identify when your parrot is stressed out or about to lash out and bite you. Their body language is the only true way in which they can really communicate to you. A stressed out or nervous parrot will not learn anything during a training session simply because they will be too consumed with being stressed out and nervous. Offer your parrot a treat to calm them down.

Positive reinforcement is the best method of training any parrot anything. Immediately after your parrot has obeyed your command or responded to your training request, whether or not he was successful, you should give him a treat or praise. However, if your parrot is not truly following your command or is obviously acting out, it is best to simply ignore him.

Regardless of how frustrated you become, you should never punish your parrot by withholding food or treats or by hitting or throwing things at your parrot. Negative attention, such as in the form of punishment, is still deemed to be attention from you by your parrot and so punishing him will simply condition your parrot to become used to the negative attention which will simply perpetuate his naughty behavior.

Once the allotted time for the training session is completed, return your parrot back to his cage or play stand so that he can have some well-deserved playtime.

All the Bells and Whistles

What to Do?

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I don’t know if you’re like me or not, but I love birds. I find myself admiring them when in a nearby pet store, but I haven’t taken the plunge yet because I don’t know how to train a bird. It looks like it would be hard, and birds bite!

After doing a little research, I found a system that can teach you, whether you’re a total newbie like me or a more experienced bird handler, how to really work with your bird. It has all the bells and whistles you want in a system!

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Learning is as Easy as 1-2-3

One of the disadvantages of birds and training was that there was never any easy way to learn how to train them. You could read books, but the odds of finding a professional bird trainer near you are just impossible. And reading a book is just not the same as watching someone show you what to do.

That’s where Bird Tricks comes in. They make learning super easy since they show you what to do through videos and instruction. They even have free training videos. These videos help you learn not only how to train your bird, but also how to work through behavioral problems like biting, screaming, and
feather plucking too.

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An Established Program

Bird tricks has been successfully used by tons of bird owners who happily share their results.

“In just one week, this badly abused and vicious bird has become the best pet in the world!” one bird lover exclaims. Another says, “Thanks to your training system, my bird is now a loving pet—not just a bird in a cage.”

See what the training system can do for your bird too!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

To Bird School We Go!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Contrary to popular belief, every parrot can be trained to not only act on command, but to also talk, whistle and sing on command as well. Some parrots can even be trained to roller-skate or to play table-top basketball.

However, this all starts with basic parrot training. Knowing the best way to train your parrot can lead to a happy, well-socialized, and well-trained parrot.

Training your parrot will take plenty of patience and time. Because of this it is very important to know that how you interact with your parrot will have a direct effect on their training and future attitude. Therefore, it is best to always remain positive and upbeat, regardless of how frustrated you might be. And never, ever, yell or throw things at your parrot. Under no circumstances should you smack your parrot either! These can all lead to emotional and physical harm, and borders on animal abuse.

Keep the training sessions always short, sweet and to the point. This will help keep things interesting and fun for both of you and will avoid any boredom ruts.

Another thing not to do is to withhold your parrot’s food, either as punishment or for training. Instead, use their food, or favorite treat, as a training aid - a reward for learning a new word, a new command or even for just attempting a new trick.

After your training session is done, let your parrot go back into their cage so that he or she can rest for a little while and have something to eat and drink. You should wait between 30 minutes to an hour before bringing him or her out of their cage to start another training session. Keep these training session to 2 - 3 per day. More than that and your parrot will start to feel stressed out.

When training your parrot, remember to play with your parrot as well. All work and no play, will make your parrot resent their training. For every training session you do together, make sure you have a play session as well.

To Bird School We Go!

What Are You Doing in 2012?

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Do you have a New Year’s resolution yet? Maybe you’re thinking about the classic ones we all hear about: eat better, lose weight, and exercise more. I’ve got a better resolution idea for you: develop a better relationship with your bird!

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A New Bird Outlook

Although your bird can’t have a resolution, you and he can work on this one together for a better 2012. Even if you don’t think there is a single thing wrong with your bird, wouldn’t you like to learn new training skills and techniques that you can use to teach your bird new tricks?

Learning how to train your bird in a positive and consistent manner will allow you to teach your bird all kinds of neat tricks. It will also help you work with your bird to change your relationship and make a better one….that means you can change any bad behaviors like screaming at you, biting you, or plucking out his feathers.

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See How to Do It

Take a look at videos that show you firsthand how to train your bird. Sometimes it’s easier to see exactly how to do it rather than read about it. Now you can have access to free videos that show you how to problem solve to change your bird’s behavior and also teach him new things too!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Quick and Easy Bird Training Tips

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Quick and Easy Bird Training Tips

It’s all about a pattern

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Have you ever wondered why your bird behaves the way he does? There are a few common reasons that are at the core of all of his behaviors, but the first one is that he learns about his world in patterns. It’s pretty simple, really. He learns that certain behaviors are rewarded in a positive way so he wants to continue doing them, and he learns that other behaviors are punished (have bad consequences) and he tries not to do those again.

In training your parrot you always want to encourage him to repeat behaviors with positive interactions and rewards. Anything your bird views as scary, painful, or otherwise punishing he will come to fear and avoid. You don’t want your bird to avoid you out of fear, so always make sure your interactions are positive and enjoyable for both of you.

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Instincts can rule the day

One of the other primary reasons he does what he does is out of instinct. Birds come hardwired to have certain instinctual behaviors about them, and instincts are pretty darn hard to unwire. For example, it’s common and normal for your parrot to be fairly vocal and use his voice to communicate with you. You can’t have a silent parrot, but you can work on not doing things that encourage the bad and loud screaming. Training will always be about bringing out your best bird, and that means making it match with what comes naturally to your bird. Luckily, birds are quite curious and intelligent, and you can utilize these traits in training as well.

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Training in 15 minutes a day

Training your bird should be a relationship building experience and should really be fun and not thought of as hard work. That means you only need a few minutes a day to focus on some of your training tasks so that you bird still finds training fun.

Parrot Secrets is a professional training system that utilizes the idea of less is more in training meaning that you only need up to 15 minutes a day to really begin training your bird or even to undo bad habits he may already have.

Parrot Secrets contains everything you need to know to keep your bird healthy, happy, and well-trained in a four e-book system. Each book contains tips and tricks on health, training, behavior, neat tricks, and more. For a limited time you’ll also receive two fantastic bonus items. First, you’ll get another e-book all about diseases in birds and how to identify and prevent them to keep your bird as healthy as he can be. Second, you’ll receive all access to a members only website for even more information.

Normally this all costs more, but for a limited time you can receive 5 e-books and the member website access for only $17.95.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Learning Your Bird

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

The holidays are finally here and instead of leaving your beloved parrot in the care of a pet sitter or a boarding facility, you’ve decided to bring your parrot with you when you go home for the holidays.

But is your parrot a good traveler? Here are a few things to consider, along with training suggestions.

1. Has your parrot been properly socialized?

Parrots that have not been properly socialized by their owner will become easily stressed during any type of travel. The noise, the smells, the bustle of activity and all of the strange faces that your parrot will encounter can be too much for some parrots. It is best to start socializing your parrot from a young age. Train them to obey your commands, and to be calm when in new surroundings. Introduce them to as many different people and safe scenarios as possible.

2. Schedule.

Regardless of their species, all parrots easily become accustomed to schedules. During your travel will you be able keep to schedules? If your parrot is used to having dinner at 6pm sharp, will you be able to still give him dinner at 6pm every night while traveling and when you arrive at your destination? Some parrots do not like their schedules to be messed with. A baby bird might have his rest, hygiene, and meals disrupted – and you may have a hard time trying to reestablish such routines.

3. The travel carrier.

Your parrot will need a special travel carrier. Make sure it has a perch and food and water dishes. As soon as you bring the carrier home, allow your parrot to investigate the carrier on his own. Do not rush this! Your parrot must come to accept the carrier as an extension of his cage and should not be forced into it. Otherwise he will become overly stressed every time he sees the carrier. Once your parrot is familiar with the carrier, take a practice run. Load him up in the carrier and go for a car ride. Start short, and keep extending out the travel time. This will help your parrot become used to sounds and motions of the vehicle. Also consider how long your parrot will be in his carrier. You will need to give him extra attention during a road trip so that you can assist him if he becomes too stressed. Parrots can get motion sickness so keep a close eye on your parrot during these practice runs.

4. Health and Legal Issues

Your parrot should be healthy to travel. Since travel causes additional stress, if your parrot is already sick, then traveling might just make him worse. Take him for a well bird exam prior to traveling. If you are planning to travel with your parrot across state lines, you will need to obtain a veterinary health certificate at least 10 days prior to your departure. Depending on your parrot’s species, he may not be allowed in certain states. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services maintains a Pet Travel section on their website. Here you can research your parrot’s species to see if he is allowed to cross state lines or even countries.

Learning Your Bird

Who is your bird?

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It might sound strange at first, but the starting point in any training program is to know your bird. What makes him tick? Why does he do what he does? What motivates him?

If you understand what is behind your bird you can go much further in any type of training with him whether that is working on basic training skills like stepping up or on undoing bad behaviors or habits he already has like screaming for attention.

It’s also important to only look at bird related reasons for why he behaves the way he does. What this means is that you shouldn’t ever assign human or other animal behaviors to your bird. Birds aren’t people or dogs, so you want to make sure that you look only at bird characteristics behind behavior.

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Establishing a training system

Once you’ve learned more about your bird, his motivations, his behavior, and his body language, you can really begin a solid training system. It doesn’t require hours of training, but setting aside a few minutes every day helps not only train your bird but also establish a good, trusting relationship with him.

Trust is a key component in any training program, and a bird that trusts you is more likely to work with you. Punishment, especially any type of physical punishment, should never be part of the equation. That is far more likely to damage your relationship and any trust your bird may have in you.

Training should be positive based, with or without a clicker as a training aid. Use your bird’s motivations and his likes to reward him with when he does good behaviors.

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Using the pros

It never hurts to ask the pros how they do what they do. They’ve learned their knowledge through years of hands-on experience, and Bird Tricks is one such professional bird training system. They’ve learned what motivates many birds. They know what bird language looks like and how it can help guide your training program. You can use their knowledge to help you train your own bird. Professional videos and articles help guide you along the way to establishing your own training program for your bird.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

What the Power Pause can do for Your Bird

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Teaching a parrot to talk requires equal doses of both patience and repetition. Contrary to popular belief, both male and female parrots can be trained to talk. However, the one main caveat here is that before a parrot will even attempt to say its first word or sing its first tune, it must feel absolutely comfortable being around the person who is going to be doing all of the training. There has to be complete trust on both sides.

If you don’t trust your parrot or are worried that he or she may try to bite you during your training sessions, then you will need to work out those issues prior to beginning such training. Likewise, if your parrot is wary of you and tries to run away or hide, or even tries to lash out at you whenever you come near his or her cage, then you will have zero success at teaching your parrot to talk. Your parrot will be more focused on his fear of you and will not learn a word. This may cause you to become stressed and frustrated, which your parrot will pick up on and it will make him or her more fearful of you. Do you see how not having adequate trust between the two of you can lead to a defeating circle?

A couple of weeks before you wish to start training your parrot you should instead start to hang around your parrot more often. Spend time sitting next to your parrot’s cage. Let him or her get used to your body language, movements and voice. Allow your parrot to spend supervised time outside his or her cage – at least two hours per day. Allow his or her confidence in their surroundings to grow naturally.

When trust is no longer an issue, you can then begin teaching your parrot to talk. Make sure that the training sessions are at least 15 minutes, but no longer. You should aim to conduct one training session in the morning and another one in the evening.

Most importantly is to make sure that you have your parrot’s undivided attention, and that he or she has yours as well. You can accomplish this by removing any distractions and sources of noise from your training room. You should repeat the same word over and over again until your parrot has mastered it. Once your parrot is pronouncing the word clearly enough, then you can move on to a new word or phrase.

What the Power Pause can do for Your Bird

Ever wondered how to end biting?

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Birds can become very fearful of being approached or touched, and many react with biting your fingers or hands. It’s a normal reaction in birds since their beak is the only tool they have to try to keep you away.

The only way to help overcome this fearful reaction to being approached or handled is to teach the bird that there is nothing to fear from you. You have to systematically work on making him feel calmer and more comfortable. This takes time, but it can be broken down using the power pause technique.

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Working through his fears

When you work with your bird and introduce the idea of the power pause, what you are doing is rewarding his calm behavior. Approach your bird and stop several feet short of the bird. As soon as he stops talking and closes his mouth and settles down (and definitely doesn’t try to bite), walk away. His reward is actually having you move away from him. Once he no longer reacts at this distance, you move closer. By working in incremental levels that the bird is comfortable with, you can teach him that you approaching (and eventually touching) is a good thing. You can ultimately stop his biting with this technique.

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Additional things to consider

The severity of your bird’s reaction is going to be a big part of the equation. If the bird is a little frightened but settles down fairly quickly, you may be able to give an additional food reward and then retreat. In cases of high levels of fear or anxiety from the bird, you may only be able to retreat (and add food rewards into the equation later).

A clicker is a common training tool that can also be added into your bird training to help with sending your bird a consistent message. It lets the bird know the moment his behavior is correct. In this case, you’d click the bird for remaining calm before retreating. The power pause technique by Bird Tricks utilizes a clicker because the clicker is so useful in training.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Talking Bird

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

A parrot’s life in captivity always carries with it a certain degree of stress. However, loving and compassionate parrot owners understand this and they act in such a way as to eliminate as much as stress from their captive parrots lives as possible.

The first most important thing that such parrot owners do is to create a calming environment for their parrot. An environment that is quiet and peaceful, and in which parrots feel genuinely safe, will go a long way in maintaining the health and wellbeing of parrots.

Parrots that are kept indoors in cages are often startled by household members and pets walking past their cage, loud television or radio noises, yelling children, barking dogs, and even by seeing birds flying past a window outside.

The easiest way to circumvent all of this is to choose a location for your parrot’s cage that is away from any areas of your home that experiences high traffic, such as a hallway or kitchen. In addition, the ideal cage location should also be away from open windows, as well as loud televisions, radios and other noisy electronic equipment. However, a great quiet spot for your parrot’s
cage should also be near where you will be spending most of your time so that your parrot does not feel alone.

Your parrot might take up screaming to get your attention if you spend most of your time in another room and your parrot can’t see you. Remember, parrots are flock creatures and need to be with their flock – be it human or feathered. If the only ideal location is still in a spot that gets quite a bit of foot traffic, simply place a blanket or towel over three sides of the cage so that your parrot has limited view and will feel more secure.

Another wonderful tip for creating a calming parrot environment is to play soft music for a few minutes before bed, or before and after any training sessions. Try to stick to the same melody. Soon your parrot will be able to associate the serene music with feelings of calmness and peace. A calm parrot is a more trainable parrot! Likewise a calm parrot is overall a much happier parrot!

The added benefit of this is that if you find your parrot becomes nervous or agitated during the day, then all you will need to do is play the chosen melody and it should have a calming effect on your parrot that is immediate.

The Talking Bird

Birds love to talk!

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Teaching your bird to talk isn’t always as complicated as you might think. The primary reason is that birds are actually naturally quite chatty, and they enjoy making noise to communicate. In the wild the talking is a way to communicate with other members of the flock. This is especially true of mothers with their young. The babies learn to identify their mother through her vocalizations.

Your bird, even in captivity, is still very much the same wild bird, and he will still want to try and vocalize with you. Especially with parrots, it’s this talking (and screaming) that often gets them in trouble with owners, and it’s also one of the common reasons a parrot may be rehomed.

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Look at your bird’s natural abilities

Rather than think of lots of talking as a negative, why not think of the potential for these birds to learn how to talk in a good way?

Each bird species has different talking abilities. You have to work with the bird you have to best bring out their potential. Some bird types, like parrots and African Greys, excel at mimicking words and can develop very large vocabularies. Other bird types, like cockatiels, can learn words, but they often excel at learning to whistle tunes. If you work with the strengths of your particular bird you can really train him to communicate in a vibrant way!

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Utilizing professional training tips

How do you know what works best for your bird? Bird Tricks is one way to figure out the best way to train your bird to talk. The Bird Tricks bird professionals know all of the tips, tricks, and even maybe a secret or two on the best way to get your bird to talk. They can share how to bring out the best in your bird!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Bird Training Perfection

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Dear Parrot Lover,

Whether you are a new parrot owner or have owned parrots for many years, you most likely want to teach your parrot to do all sorts of tricks. Obviously the most important tricks are actually just simple commands that every captive parrot should know. Commands such as ‘Step Up’ or ‘Step Down’. When said aloud to your parrot, these commands should elicit the parrot’s response of stepping up onto your finger, or stepping down onto a perch.

Another important command to teach your parrot is for him to come to you whenever you call him. To your friends and family members, these types of activities may appear to be tricks that your parrot has learned; however they are actually commands that you have taught your parrot to respond to in a particular fashion.

An alternative trick to teach your parrot is to sit on your shoulder. And no, this type of training is not so that you can parade your parrot around on your shoulder as part of Pirate Halloween costume! Shoulder training helps to strengthen a bond between you and your bird.

Shoulder training consists of a few basic steps:

  • Before you begin, you must make sure that your parrot is completely trustworthy and is also trusting of your hand. Your parrot should know the ‘Step Up’ and ‘Step Down’ commands and obey them every single time.
  • Using the ‘Step Up’ command, have your parrot step up onto your finger, hand, or stick perch.
  • Using the ‘Step Down’ command, ask your parrot to step down onto your shoulder.
  • Allow your parrot plenty of time to become at ease sitting on your shoulder. Make sure you are seated in a comfortable chair and do not attempt to get up or move around the room during the first few training sessions.
  • When you feel your parrot is well trained and that he sits on your shoulder happily without trying to climb or fly off, then you can slowly start to walk around with your parrot on your shoulder.

However, here are a few warnings when shoulder training:

  • Remove earrings, necklaces and other jewelry from your face and neck before letting your parrot sit on your shoulder.
  • Wear an old T-shirt. Your parrot may poop on you.
  • When walking around with your parrot on your shoulder, do so slowly and deliberately and make sure you trim your parrot’s nails. As you walk, your parrot will use his nails to grip onto your shoulder to keep his balance.

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How everyone learns

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Every living animal, including us, has a basic learning style. When we receive a reward we enjoy for a behavior, we do it more often. When we receive a consequence we don’t enjoy, we attempt to avoid doing a behavior.

For humans, rewards and consequences are often less tangible and more varied. For example, most people volunteer to do community service at least partly because they find the experience rewarding for them too.

With our pet animals, the rewards and consequences are more concrete when you look at the patterns. All learning is pattern based. For example, if the same
person is always handling the bird for something he doesn’t like or is afraid of you should see clearly that he avoids this person or perhaps appears to downright not like this person. These things can all be reversed through training and looking at the available rewards.

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How to increase behaviors

The easiest way to increase the good behavior in your bird is to clearly reward that behavior. Sounds obvious, right? But it’s not always that clear, especially if you haven’t trained a lot of animals before.

What is rewarding for your bird? Every individual likes something different. Food, attention, and touch are all possibly good rewards, but your bird may
respond to different foods, different forms of touch, etc. than another bird. Learn what he likes and then use those things to encourage the behavior you want to see more of.

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The trick to training

There isn’t just one single trick to training your bird. It’s a process, but it’s a whole lot easier with professional training on your side. Tools like clickers are a mainstay of the training process for both reinforcing good behaviors in your bird and also for training a variety of new behaviors and tricks. This may seem like a tricky tool at first, but it’s really quite simple with a little instruction

The bird professionals at Bird Tricks have years and years of bird training experience, and they can easily break down the training tools and principles for you. There are a variety of options available to assist you, but definitely you want to include Bird Tricks as one of your training tools.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts