Archive for August, 2012

Parrot Training 101

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Dear Parrot Lover,

Training a parrot to be well-behaved can be frustrating for many parrot owners. But it doesn’t have to be! Simply follow these 5 clever parrot training trips and you’ll soon have a parrot that is well-mannered and totally loving:

1. Always be as calm as you can when interacting with your parrot. People who are hyperactive will have a harder time training their parrot as parrots can sense your energy levels and respond better to people whose energy is calmer. Do speak in a soft gentle voice to your parrot because this will aid greatly in keeping your parrot unruffled and attentive. This aura of calmness must also extend to those times when you are reprimanding your parrot. If you were to lose your composure and raise your voice and scream at your parrot, your parrot will simply think that you are playing a wonderful, excitable game, and will play along by raising his voice as well and will scream back at you.

2. Treat your parrot like you would a two year old toddler. Why? Because your parrot has the same abilities and smarts as that of a two year old child. So, never throw things at your parrot or his cage; never smack him on the beak or head; and never, ever punish your parrot by withholding water or food because these are all fall under the animal abuse category and can create serious physical and emotional damage to your parrot.

3. Keep in mind that all birds and parrots are very fragile and delicate creatures and so can be injured easily. So make sure that your home is ‘parrot-proof’. Make sure too that your parrot’s nails are kept filed down so that they do not snag on items nor will they scratch you when you teach him the ‘Step Up’ command. Also keep your parrot’s wings clipped too so that he does fly away too far in the middle of a training session.

4. The ‘Step Up’ command is the most basic command you can ever teach your parrot. It is one of the most commonly used commands. You teach your parrot to obey this command by gently pushing your index finger against his breastbone while saying ’step up’. This motion will compel your parrot to step up and onto your finger so that he can regain his balance. Repeat these steps while saying the command, over and over again to create a ladder effect. Practice this command every day and continue to practice it even if you know that your parrot has learnt it.

5. Parrots are very sensitive and can pick up on your emotions very quickly. Therefore, do not hold a grudge against your parrot for biting you during training, etc. To discipline your parrot, all you really need to do is look straight in the eye with a very stern look in your eye for him to know immediately that you are displeased with him. Parrots thrive best when they are happy, and they will truly only be happy if you are happy around them too. So don’t worry - be happy and your parrot will quickly become a well-trained bird.

Parrot Training 101

Going to the Basics

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We’re going to parrot school and going 101! This is the ground floor training system to know exactly where to begin working with a bird, and how to not only teach new behaviors, but also how to correct bad behaviors.

Unfortunately, not all bird owners receive the skills to train a bird when they purchase the bird and can become frustrated if their bird only screams (instead of speaks and sings) or he develops painfully bad behaviors like biting. Even if the situation has gotten this bad, a return to the basics can totally restore the relationship and build it anew.

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What Do the Pros Know

What do the pros know that we don’t, you might ask yourself? Well, they have a lot of trial and error with a lot of birds. This is the kind of knowledge the average home bird owner will never have. By using what they have learned, we can all skip the “hard” parts that make up mistakes, and instead learn from their success.

The pros know that training a bird should be fun and it should be easier than you think. It’s about building a relationship with your bird, so it needs to be positive at all times. When this happens, the pros know that the bird can be taught such skills like waving his foot, putting a ring over a peg, and other neat parlor tricks fairly easily plus put an end to bad behaviors as well.

Taking the knowledge and experience of birding pros means that we can create a happy and well trained bird that can impress friends and family.

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The Best Way to Train Your Bird

So, how do you get access to this pro knowledge? Luckily, you can have access to free videos, information on birds and training, and more that all lay it out for you in layman terms so that you can easily replicate the training a pro does. No more piecing together information from tons of sources. All you need is one! 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

Creating a Talkative Bird

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Dear Parrot Lover,

A parrot that can recite his ABC’s would surely be a show stopper! Well, as long as you have the patience and the technique, you can easily and effortlessly school your parrot to say his ABC’s!

Since every large parrot has the mental capacity of a toddler child, they also have the capacity to learn to talk. All it takes is a willing owner to help guide them properly with lots of patience to help them realize their full speaking potential.

Some parrots are very quick learners and may have already picked up a few words that are more commonly spoken around their house either to them or to other members of the family, such as ‘Hi’ or ‘Step Up’. If this is what your parrot has done, then schooling him to say his ABC’s will be super easy! If not, it will still be a fun learning experience for both of you.

It is best to teach each letter of the alphabet slowly to your parrot, one at a time. Start by repeating the letter whenever you are passing by your parrot’s cage, whenever you are feeding him or cleaning his cage. You do not have to try to associate the letter with any particular action or item, such as trying to teach that the letter A corresponds to an Apple. Speak the letter clearly and try to incorporate it in a sentence phrase if you can. These suggestions will help your parrot hear the letter being used in varying ways and pitches of tone.

Once you feel that your parrot has learnt a letter well and can pronounce it clearly enough, then it is time to move onto the next letter in the alphabet.

Just make sure that the minute your parrot repeats the letter back to you, or even just speaks the letter out loud without being coaxed, immediately give him plenty of praise! That praise will encourage him to learn to master the next letter, and so on, and so on, until all the letters in the alphabet are learnt.

You can further encourage your parrot to learn to say the ABC’s by giving him a tasty treat whenever he attempts to say any letter on his own. It should, on average, take your parrot a week to learn each alphabet letter, although your parrot’s results may be different depending on how motivated he is and how patient you are! Treats are a wonderful reward as no parrot can refuse a tasty treat. However, do not withhold all of your parrot’s food and only feed him treats. This can have detrimental effects on your parrot’s wellbeing.

Schooling your parrot to say the ABC’s can be very fun for both you and your parrot. Remember to practice every day and keep up the momentum with new words and phrases once your parrot has mastered his ABC’s.

Creating a Talkative Bird

Who Doesn’t Love a Talking Bird?

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Everyone that thinks of getting a bird, especially a parrot, as a pet thinks about all of the words that the bird can learn. And it can be amazing. Some birds have quite the vocabulary, but it doesn’t happen overnight. But, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think it would be to create a talkative bird.

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Easier than You Think

If you invest just a little time in your bird, you can really help shape his vocabulary. You just have to know how to do it. There are right and wrongs way to work with your bird, but an easy “real speech” type of training system can make it much easier than expected.

It is possible for a bird to gain a vocabulary as large as a few hundred words! Most of us would be happy with ten! Whatever your goal is, you can achieve it if you know the key factors in the education process.

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The Key to Talking

There are a number of things that can really and truly affect the way a bird learns or how much he will be able to learn. Some of these factors include:

How much time you spend working with your bird. This sounds obvious but the more time you invest in your bird, the better he will do and the more he will learn.

How you train your bird. There are right and wrong ways to train your bird.

What kind of bird you have. Some birds are simply better “programmed” for learning larger vocabularies.

What mistakes you might be making. It’s okay, we all do it! Now you’ll know what the mistakes are.

Your bird’s individual personality. Personality is always a factor. Learn how your bird’s personality can affect the training, and how to tailor the training to that bird.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Bird Fun!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Dear Parrot Lover,

Parrots spend a vast majority of their time standing on their feet; because of this, it is very important that your parrot has a variety of safe and comfortable perches in their cage.

The best perch for your parrot should be easy on their feet, fun for them to use, safe for them to chew on and preen, appropriately textured and, of course, very easy to clean. It is best to provide your parrot with an assortment of perches that are placed at various heights throughout their cage. It is also a very good idea to have these perches be of differing diameters and made of different materials as this helps to ensure proper exercise and foot health for your parrot.

At a bare minimum, there should be at least 3 perches in your parrot’s cage that each has a different diameter. These different diameters will help to relax and stretch your parrot’s feet. These three perches must also be created using diverse materials such as wood, concrete and rope.

Rope perches are a favorite of any parrot! Not only are you able to purchase them in varying diameters to fit any size parrot foot, but they can also be purchased in different shapes and overall lengths and sizes. Rope perches can easily be attached to almost any point inside your parrot’s cage; and with the bendable perches such as the bungee styles, you can actually change up the shape of the perch whenever you or your bird gets bored with its current shape.

Rope perches can often be used as a swing for parrots, provided that they are not the bungee style. You can even get creative and tie a few colorful pieces of cotton yarn or fleece at various intervals on the rope perch so that your parrot has something to preen.

When choosing a rope perch, buy one that is created using 100% cotton and that also has a relatively smooth surface without any loose ends or fibers. These can be dangerous for your parrot because they can get their toe stuck in the rope and they can hurt themselves if they were to panic.

The best thing about most rope perches is that when they get really soiled, you can simply place them in your washing machine or dishwasher to clean, making sure that you do not use any harmful detergent.

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Bringing Fun to Your Bird’s Life

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Have you ever tried to get inside your bird’s head and figure out what he is thinking?

It’s only human to try and guess what his squawks add up to! What I’ve noticed when watching birds is that they absolutely love to have new and interesting things to do. Why?

The answer is easy: birds are intelligent creatures! The more new or varied stuff, the better it is for their brains and bodies. And, it doesn’t have to be just toys jangling about the cage either.

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Beyond the Toys

When we talk about bringing fun to your bird, everyone automatically thinks about toys. Toys are good, and they are vital, but it’s not the only choice.

Birds love to climb and use their feet. What is really interesting about perching birds is the way their feet work. If you watch closely, they are almost hand like. The bird uses them to climb, hold on, pick things up, etc. It’s this reason that perches are an integral part of your bird’s life.

We all know what the standard perch looks like that comes in the cage: just a bar to extend from one end to the other. Unfortunately, this doesn’t stimulate your bird’s desire to climb and roam at varying levels. But, if you use a bendable rope perch, it gives you the option to continually change it up. You can use more than one; you can bend and twist, or even intertwine them. Plus, the feel of the rope is a more natural texture for your bird’s feet to grab hold of.

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Stimulate His Mind

We all know the saying ‘bird brain,’ and it is normally used in a not-so-positive way, but really we should think of being a ‘bird brain’ as a positive thing! These parrots are incredibly intelligent animals that get easily bored. This is why they often make up their own naughty entertainment.

Rope perches are an excellent way to help prevent boredom in your bird and allow him to use his mind. You can change the rope perches as often as you want to give him new ways to move and always keep his environment fresh for him.

This type of stimulation helps stave off behavior problems that can occur in captive birds due to boredom. Plus, these perches are appropriate for all sizes of birds from the small to the big so no one is left out!

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts