Archive for August, 2014

Easy Bird Training

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

When you were a child, you most likely visited the circus at least once and saw the amazing feats of well-trained parrots performing tricks such as playing miniature basketball and riding around on roller-skates.

Now that you are an adult, the idea of having such an amazing pet has led you to purchase or adopt a parrot of your very own. However, more than likely, you may have underestimated the whole ‘training a parrot is easy’ thing.

Indeed, training a parrot to do tricks is just as hard as it is to train a parrot to be well behaved. But you cannot have one without the other. Teaching your parrot proper social cues and behavior first will go a long way in training your parrot to do tricks.

Here is a short and simple list of four of the best parrot training tips:

1. First, the more relaxed and happy a parrot is, the easier it is to train him. So make sure that you leave all your anxiety and stress from work AT work and do not bring it home with you. Parrots are extremely perceptible to the energies of their owners and other people who are around them.

A happy and confident parrot will always remain well behaved and will remember his training cues. However, you will need to first be happy, calm, and confident yourself before you can expect your parrot to be as well. Since parrots easily notice our energies and emotions, make sure you check them at the door before interacting with your parrot on any level. Do be aware that if you are a naturally hyperactive person, you may have a slightly harder time training your parrot.

Do speak in a voice that is soothingly gentle, as this will aid greatly in helping your parrot stay just as calm and attentive to you. You should be just as calm whenever you feel the need to reprimand your parrot. Never raise your voice or yell at your parrot, as he will just believe that you are trying to engage him in an elaborate and exciting new game, and will play along with you by screaming as well.

2. The intelligence and emotions of the larger parrots are equivalent to those of a two to three year old child. Try to remember this whenever you are handling your parrot and never throw things at your parrot or his cage, do not withhold food or water as a form of punishment or training tactic, never smack him on the beak or head as these are considered animal abuse and can lead to serious physical and emotional damage in your parrot.

3. Try to take into account that all parrots are extremely fragile and dainty animals and can easily be harmed even when the intention is not actually there. Be sure to take all of the necessary precautions to make sure that your parrot is as a safe as possible in your home. Keep your parrot’s nails filed down so that they do not snag on items or scratch you when training the ‘Step Up’ command. Keep his wings clipped as well so that he cannot fly away when you are trying to train him.

4. The very first command you should attempt to teach your parrot is the ‘Step Up’ command. Start by pushing your finger gently against your parrot’s breast, while saying ‘step up’. This action will cause your parrot to lose balance slight and he will need to step up on to your finger in order to maintain his balance. Continue doing this all the while repeating the ‘step up’ command – effectively creating a ladder with your fingers for your parrot to climb.

This is a wonderful command to practice each day, even after your parrot has mastered this cue.

Training your bird is fun!

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Training birds can be a challenge, but it can also be fun. After all, parrots are exceptionally smart and curious which can be ideal traits for learning. When embarking on any training program with your bird you want to keep some key tips in mind.

First, learn to read your bird. He’s not always going to be in the mood for training, so if you can determine when he seems the brightest and most eager to learn, you’ll have more success. Additionally, learn to pick up on his cues of stress and base your training progress on him. Trying to push him too quickly may cause both frustration and stress and create a bird who doesn’t want to learn.

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Where to start with your bird

Your first training steps should be towards creating a bird that is comfortable with being handled and worked with. That means training on handling exercises and teaching him how to step up onto perches or onto your hand. Be careful about ever teaching him to step up onto your shoulder as later on you may risk injury. It’s often suggested you not allow a bird, especially a large one, to sit on your shoulder.

Handling exercises should also include getting him used to having a lightweight and light colored towel wrapped around him. You should ask your veterinarian to show you how at first to make sure it’s correct, but this is important in case you need to medicate your bird or inspect him due to injury.

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Expert training knowledge for perfect training at home

In our internet connected world it’s possible to be connected to a bird training professional from the comforts of your home. The very same person that helped train world famous magician David Copperfield’s birds is the same person that can help you train your bird.

With expert easy-to-follow training videos, articles, and support you’ll feel like the professionals behind Bird Tricks are right there with you!

Click here to view to read about Bird Tricks and the training program

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Does Your Bird Talk?

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The Best Phrases to Teach Your Parrot

Parrots are extremely sociable creatures and actually constantly crave attention from their human flock members. It is no surprise then that some parrots will learn to talk faster than other parrots as a means of vocal communication with their owners. But what are best phrases to teach your parrot?

First you’ll have to learn how to properly train your parrot to talk:

The morning hours and early evening hours are when most parrots are naturally more vocal. This is because these are the times of day, when in the wild, parrots would go out in the morning to forage for food and then would return back to roost in the evening. Their calls back and forth to each other would help them find food and return home safely at the end of the day.

Therefore, it would be better for your parrot if you structured your training sessions around the morning hours or early evening hours, preferably at a time when the two of you can be left undisturbed. This means having no television or radio on, or having guests and family members come in and out of your training session. Such interruptions can be detrimental to your working arrangement with your parrot and could actually hamper your training efforts.

Obviously you will need to have a good rapport with your parrot before you can even begin to attempt a training session. If your parrot fears you or doesn’t trust you then they are not going to want to learn anything at all.  In fact, such a parrot will instead be quiet and will keep as far away from you as possible. Once they trust you your parrot will start to get your attention by using its own natural vocals.

Parrots are natural mimics and love to imitate and try out new sounds that they hear. So start slowly and choose just a few simply syllable words and phrases to speak slowly to your parrot.

Try these phrases:

“Good morning!”

“What’ya doing?”

“Who’s there?”

“Come here!”

Once your parrot has mastered these simple phrases you can then move on to more specific phrases, such as naming treats and activities:

“Wanna cracker?”

“Grape”

Parrots are so intelligent that they will eventually learn to associate certain phrases and words with an actual situation or need.

Whenever you give your parrot a treat or a toy, ask him if he wants it by carefully enunciating your words. You should try to use an item’s proper name so that your parrot can learn to associate the word with the object.

By following these simple techniques your parrot will be talking in no time!

What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

Whenever anyone thinks of a parrot, they think of a talking bird.  It can be disappointing if your bird hasn’t yet gained the skill to talk with you.  All members of the parrot family are naturally vocal birds who like to chatter which makes it easier to have a bird who talks.  But, there are some birds who are more inclined to speak such as the African Grey and some that are less inclined such as budgies.

Ideally the best way to get a bird talking is two-fold.  First, start with a very young bird.  Young birds learn their vocal skills right out of the nest much like human babies start babbling very early.  Second, if you want a vocal bird he needs to live in a vocal environment.  That means spending time with you bird, taking with your bird, and having those sounds around him.  It makes it that much easier for him to mimic.

Click here to learn more about bird communication

Learning by seeing

Maybe you’ve felt stumped about training your bird to talk, and you’ve been confronted with just articles or manuals.  These can be very good resources, but they don’t always provide the whole picture.  Clear and concise videos are often a better option when training any animal because it allows you to see the training in action.

The Elite Parrots Club offers just this opportunity through their bird expert known as the Bird Lady.  The Bird Lady has many years of experience with birds, and she has created a wealth of videos to show you how to work with your bird both on training him to speak and also on problem solving other issues.  There are also many accompanying articles to review after the videos.

Click here to learn more about the videos you’ll have access to

What are others saying…

The Bird Lady and the Elite Parrots Club are already changing birds’ lives.  Here is what some club members are saying:

“My Honduras Amazon, who is 9-years-old, has a vocabulary of at least 100 words. He has taken individual words and made his own sentences. Some of them are quite hilarious.”

“Even though my parrot talked some when we got him, he has achieved a much larger vocabulary and talks on command now.”

Click here to view to read about other member experiences of The Elite Parrots Club