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
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.
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.
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!