Archive for January, 2014

Training Your Bird

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

It is a well-known fact that parrots can eat more ‘human food’ that any other domestic animal. This is mainly because that ‘human food’ is whole vegetables, fruits and grains, rather than processed and
added with other by-products found in canned pet food.

Most parrot species originate from tropical climates where eating fruits, vegetables and legumes are a core component of their daily diet. It is up to us as responsible and loving parrot owners to re-create this diet as best as possible in order to ensure the well-being of our parrots.

This can be easily down by providing your parrot with fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Make sure you wash the fruits and vegetables first in case there are any pesticides on them. When giving your parrot apples do remove the core of the apple and the seeds as they contain trace elements of cyanide and are lethal to parrots. You can slice up the apple and offer it to your parrot by the slice and keep the rest in a sealed sandwich bag in your refrigerator until later.

Bananas are another fun fruit for parrots to eat. These can be sliced in thick chunks which larger parrots love to hold in their feet to eat. For smaller parrots banana pieces can be pushed through the cage bars to be pecked at.

Frozen orange slices are a wonderful treat on a hot summer day for any parrot!

There are even special cage accessories that you can purchase online and at your local pet store in which you can place fresh fruit and vegetables in your parrot’s cage for easy access, such as a parrot-friendly skewer stick.

However, don’t forget that parrots also thrive on eating legumes, seeds and grains. Here you can give your parrot a few snap peas to try. A handful of organic nuts are also a wonderful treat too! There are plenty of reputable pet stores online that sell a variety of high-quality nuts and seeds for parrots.

If you have a smaller parrot you can give them an extra special treat and toy by simply taking an empty toilet paper roll and smearing it in peanut butter and then rolling it around in seeds and small nuts before hanging it up in your parrot’s cage using a piece of twine. This same treat can be made for wild birds outside and hang up from a tree in your garden.

Regardless of what food you feed your parrot always be sure to remove fresh fruits and vegetables from your parrot’s cage as soon as he has discarded them. Otherwise they will become bad and your parrot could get very sick eating moldy fruits and veggies.

Don’t forget to give your bird plenty of fresh clean water to drink every day too!

Training Your Bird

Ring in the New Year with a Well Trained Bird

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groundbreaking training videos.

Have you been wanting to train your bird, but you weren’t sure you knew how to do it? It’s actually easier to train a bird than you might think. In just a few minutes a day you can begin to train your bird to do a whole range of tricks like:

Rolling over

Flying on cue

Placing rings on a peg

Cuddling

Kissing on cue

Riding a bike

Sleeping like a baby

And many more ….

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Tricks are More than Just Tricks

You might be thinking that tricks are just for fun and games. Actually teaching your bird tricks is a component of helping to alter some bad behavioral things he may do as well. Tricks can be used in so many ways you wouldn’t believe!

One of the primary things teaching your bird tricks will do is open a whole new door up in your relationship with your bird. It will bond him to you and vice versa, and he won’t be relegated to just being a cage ornament. A bird that know tricks is more often than not a treasured family member and not just another chore to take care of.

Click here to learn more training tricks and what they can do for your bird

Training Made Easy

The Bird Tricks training system offers you all the information you need to successfully train your bird. You’ll have access to expert created videos and materials so that you can learn by watching and then doing. You’ll be amazed at how much you will learn from the cool tricks to the behavioral
issues such as stopping biting and screaming. Did you know you can even stop your bird from pooping everywhere (a potty training command!)?

This is a system worth checking out since it’s been successfully used by many!

Learn more about the Bird Tricks training system

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Bird Got Your Finger?

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like dogs and small children, parrots also have the potential to act out and misbehave. This behavior can be tolerated if it only happens once or twice; but if it becomes habitual then you certainly have a problem.

But, just like dogs and small children, parrots can also be trained to stop their bad behavior. In fact, there are a few common ways in which parrot trainers accomplish this:

  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Positive Punishment
  • Negative Reinforcement
  • Negative Punishment

Don’t let these terms scare you into thinking that training your pet parrot is going to be an impossible task! By simply having plenty of patience and knowing the right techniques, you can easily train away any bad behavior.

When using positive reinforcement and positive punishment, something of value is added to your parrot’s experience. Conversely, when using negative reinforcement and negative punishment, then something of value is actually removed from your parrot’s experience.

Using positive reinforcement should always be the number one goal of any parrot training session!

However, if your parrot is a bit wilder or is a second-hand parrot that hasn’t yet gained your trust, then there may certain circumstances where using negative reinforcement may actually be in your parrot’s best interest. For example, wilder parrots and parrots that do not trust you may freak out every time you approach their cage. Therefore your parrot is automatically
placed in a negative situation because he perceives you as ‘invading his territory’. You can easily calm your parrot down by simply walking away from his cage and going into another room for a while. Once your parrot has calmed down, then you can then slowly walk back into the room and begin to approach his cage again. But stop immediately as soon as he begins to stress out. Then simply stand there and wait a few minutes until he has regained his composure before walking back out of the room. Each day you can try to walk closer and closer to his cage until he is comfortable with you being in his territory and starts to trust you. With this training scenario you are essentially teaching your parrot that good things happen when he is in a calm state of mind.

Regardless of which training method you use, make sure that you are never harming your parrot psychologically or physically as this will be detrimental to both of you.

Bird Got Your Finger?

Handling the Biting Bird

There’s nothing more painful for a bird owner than when the bird bites. Not only does it hurt your feelings, but a bird’s beak can pack a powerful bite. Depending on what kind of bird you have, it can even break your finger and at the very least, it can rip your skin.

Biting can be boiled down into one primary category: fear and/or mistrust. We don’t want to anthropomorphize birds, so it’s important to understand that he doesn’t bite because he is angry at you or jealous. Instead, something is causing him to be fearful.

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How to Change His Fear

Within the category of fear, there is more than one level of fear. There are different values of fear. You have to conquer each level of fear in order to gain your bird’s trust and allow him to open up to you.

According to Chet Womach, the three levels of fear, from his experience, are:

1. Your bird is fearful of you getting close to him.

2. He is afraid of being touched or pet.

3. He is afraid of making contact with you.

You can see that each category is more challenging for the bird, and it’s more challenging for you to overcome. Once you do, you’ll have a bird that not only doesn’t bite you but also enjoys and trusts you.

Click here to learn strategies for handling biting

The Power Pause

The Power Pause is a technique that can be used to help overcome the first level of your bird’s fear: having you approach him. It can help calm him down, stop any lunging or biting he may do, and make him more receptive to you.

Basically, it involves systematic approaches toward your bird in levels, so that you can gradually get closer. You stop at a point where he can still be comfortable, and then he is rewarded by you backing away. He learns that he can trust you. Additionally, the training technique utilizes a clicker to help the process go faster.

There are more strategies for tackling the other two levels of fear, once you make it through the Power Pause. It isn’t a strategy for those levels. Check out a free video demonstrating just how to use the Power Pause for your bird so you can start on the first part of your bird’s fears today.

Click here to see the free video for the Power Pause

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

The Talking Bird

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

Whether your parrot prefers to scream or chirp, training him to talk can be helpful and fun in many ways. It can give your parrot the ability to talk his emotions out instead of screaming them. It can help increase the bond you have with your parrot. And it can help your parrot be a better member of your family.

Every parrot has an innate ability to talk – to mimic sounds they hear from their loved ones. All it takes is plenty of patience and knowledge on your part to help your parrot realize their full talking potential.

When starting to teach your parrot to talk, begin by introducing a new word to your parrot on a weekly basis by speaking it aloud. Later in the week you can then use that word in a sentence or two so as to help your parrot hear the word repeated in different contexts. Should you parrot repeat that same word back to you, you must immediately reward him!

Parrots will learn to vocalize with human words over a period of time but to speed things up you must pronounce your words very clearly and concisely so that your parrot can easily pick up on those words.

If your parrot already has learned a few words from hearing you speak them around the house on his own, then you may want to focus on training him to retort back to questions that you ask him. Not only will this help increase his vocabulary, but it will also be a great exercise to help increase the bond between the two of you.

Before jumping the gun so to speak, you will need to teach your parrot what the correct response is first. Connecting with your parrot in a lively conversation can be a terrific tool to keep him mentally stimulated and focused on you. Remember to stick with topics that your parrot finds enjoyable, like his toys or favorite food.

Once you have determined that your parrot understands the correct response, you can then begin a conversation with him by simply asking him a question using a key word that will then trigger the desired verbal response by your parrot.

As soon as your parrot has replied correctly, reward him immediately! Congratulate him as often as you can and reward him with a treat whenever he attempts to relay the correct response. Food is a great motivator for parrots but they should never be withheld from your parrot as part of a training session.

Continue on training your parrot to talk this way until he responds with the correctly each time that you ask him the triggering question. This will be like a fun game to him and will help curb any undesirable habits that he may have such as screaming and biting. Remember to be patient and give lots of praise to your parrot.

The Talking Bird

Teaching Your Bird the Joy of Speech

Click Here to Teach Your Parrot To Talk Right NOW

If you’ve got just 15 minutes a day to work with your bird, then you can turn your bird into a regular talker. Amazing, I know, but true! There are a few techniques that can help any bird speak, whistle, and even sing with greater success. Did you know you can use audio recordings to
help train your bird? Did you know there is actually a best time of day to train?

Click here to learn more about training your bird to speak

Simon Says

Something new has been discovered in bird training. You can teach your bird to speak with you, but you can also teach him to speak without you. What?!? How does that work? Well, it turns out that birds can learn to speak from one another very easily and well through mimicking one another. That means if you happen to have a bird with a large vocabulary and he is housed with a non-speaking bird, it’s likely within 30 days the vocabulary will transfer between birds. Wow!

Now if you don’t have a bird to utilize in training, what can do you? It turns out that your bird can also learn from audio recordings of other birds speaking. This is an excellent way to enhance your bird’s vocabulary training.

Click here to learn more about how birds learn from one another

The Real Speech System

There is one training program that puts everything you need into one place. Not only does the Real Speech training system teach you what to do with lots of valuable information, it also uses other birds to train your bird through recordings. In the program you’ll receive:

  • The DVD Talking On Cue which shows a real speech training session
  • Audio course that is step-by-step (Exactly How I Trained My Bird To Talk
    On Cue)
  • A new chapter to How To Get Your Parrot To Say Anything You Want, Whenever
    You Want
  • A special report called How To Turn Your Parrot’s Annoying Screams For Your Attention, Into Cute Songs, Words or Behaviors Within Days
  • 3 cd audio package: Real Parrot Voices Training System
  • E-book: How To Get Your Parrot To Say Anything You Want, Whenever You Want

All of these training components are fully guaranteed to work or your money back!

Learn more about the Real Speech Training system

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts