Archive for October, 2015

Tips for Training your Parrot

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

We already know how clown-like some parrots can be. Why not fine-tune those antics into fun and clever tricks that your parrot can perform?

Training your pet bird, by teaching them how to do tricks, can have a positive impact on their life. Your parrot’s socialization skills will improve greatly and you will be able to forge a much stronger bond with each other – it all comes down to trusting each other.

Due to their intelligence, parrots (especially the bigger species) have amazing memories. Parrots love to learn new things and spend time with their flock members.

Just like in a regular school, parrots need to have an assigned ‘classroom’ area that is free from any distractions. The chosen are should also be an area of your home where your parrot cannot see his own cage, or any other parrots, pets, or children.

Try to have everything ready before you begin the training session and bring your parrot into the area. Make sure you have plenty of treats to give your parrot as a reward for trying. This can be any food that your parrot loves the most – this is generally sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts, exotic nuts, or even dried banana chips. However, you must make sure that your parrot will only get this type of food during his training sessions. Do not feed it as part of his regular diet.

As long as you have everything in place, your parrot will eventually be accustomed to learning something new whenever he is in this particular area of the house.

One of the easiest tricks to teach any parrot is the Wave. Just remember that having both a visual and a verbal cue for every trick will help keep your parrot’s attention better, especially when learning a new trick.

For the Wave, the verbal cue is just to say out loud the word ‘wave’. The visual cue is also simple. Have your parrot sit on a perch and, holding your parrot’s treat in your hand, waggle your fingers whilst saying ‘wave’. Place your other hand against your parrot’s chest gently, as if he was going to Step Up – but don’t let him actually do that. As soon as you see that your parrot lifts his foot up to step up onto your finger, you should quickly take your hand away and give him plenty of praise. Give him the food reward too.

After doing this a couple of times, your very clever parrot will come to the realization that in order for him to get a food treat and lots of extra love, all he has to do is lift up his foot!

The training session should come to an end as soon as you feel that your parrot has gotten the gist of it. Because they are so clever, parrots can become easily bored. If this happens, it will be harder to retrain his concentration.

Tips for Training your Parrot

Easy tips to make your training go smoothly

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Training your bird is one of the most important tasks you’ll do with him. Not only does it help develop behaviors you’d like to routinely see in your bird, it’s a real bonding experience with him. There are a few things you’ll want to consider when training your bird.

First, safety first! Every time you take your bird out of his cage make sure that all windows and doors are closed. A bird can quickly escape out an open window, and you may or may not be able to get him back. Also make sure that any other pets you may have in the house aren’t a safety risk for your dog. Many birds and even some cats may find your bird a tempting animal to chase, harass, or even harm.

Second, make him feel comfortable. Always train him in areas that he feels secure in and doesn’t feel threatened. That also means not including strangers as part of the initial training process. An insecure bird can’t think and learn.

Third, spend time with your bird and socialize him to you and others close to you. You can’t expect your bird to train well for you if he doesn’t have a bond and some established trust with you. Do things he enjoys and reward him when you’re with him. Tasty food treats go a long way to building a positive association about spending time with you. This way he enjoys his time with you.

Remember that birds can frighten easily so you want to make sure to move slowly with training and always make it very positive. Don’t get upset with him or punish him but instead look for ways to always make him comfortable with the process.

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Beginning your bird’s training

Training tricks is a fun thing to add into your training, but before worrying about these tasks you want to make sure your bird understands a few basic skills. Teaching him to Step-Up onto you and Step-Down from you, go willingly into his cage or onto his perch, and to Stay in his area rather
than follow you all over are all important starting behaviors for your parrot to learn.

The bird pros at Bird Tricks can show you a wide range of basic behaviors for your bird as well as advanced skills. Articles and videos help to make the training process easy to follow and implement with your own bird. They will also help you troubleshoot bad behaviors like biting and determine the best way to fix them.

Click here to learn more about training your bird and Bird Tricks

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

Stop the Biting

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

Stop the Biting

What motivates a bird to bite?

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One of the most common behavioral issues in parrots that people seek help for has to be about biting. It’s the one behavior that scares an owner and can even hurt someone. A parrot can easily break a finger or rip skin! It is possible to help your bird overcome this training issue. It is necessary to try to break the situation down so that you know why your bird is acting out by biting.

Fear: This is probably the top reason to look at for a biting bird. A bird that is afraid is going to use their beak if they feel they have no other option. A new person or something that frightens the bird can all fall victim to being bitten.

Territorial/Possessive: Some birds will bite when they are defending an area or have even become possessive of a particular person they have bonded to. It’s definitely not unusual to have a husband or wife with a parrot that is attempting to bite the spouse!

Threatened: While this could be a subcategory under fear, sometimes a bird may just feel threatened by someone or in a particular situation and react defensively with biting.

It’s important to remember no matter what the root cause is, if the bird has learned that biting and aggression is a potential solution, the bird will continue to bite and do so more often.

Click her to read about other motivations for biting

Reversing the problem

The way to correct a biting problem is to determine how the biting happens and the root cause. Then you need to establish a training program that helps modify the behavior. For example, if the bird is frightened of being approached, don’t force the bird to be approached and touched because someone will be bitten. Instead, slowly desensitize the bird to approaches by rewarding with food when he closes his mouth and calms down. A clicker could be used to also help indicate for the bird why he is being rewarded. Then back away so the bird learns a positive association about someone approaching rather than being afraid.

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Getting the help you need

It helps to have someone with bird knowledge and experience to guide you through working with your own bird. No one wants to be bitten if they can help avoid it.

The Bird Tricks training system is one option to learn more about not just parrot biting but also how to solve it.

You’ll have access to professionals who can help you identify what kind of biting your bird is doing plus figure how to modify your bird’s behavior. Videos, articles, and additional information will help put your bird back on the right track.

Learn more about the Bird Tricks training system

Regards,
Nathalie Roberts

As Smart as a Parrot

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Dear Parrot Lover,

As Smart as a Parrot

Parrots may be smarter than you think

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When we think about the intelligence of parrots, we are often looking for something to use as a measuring stick to figure it out. Research shows that parrots are on par with the intelligence of a 2-4 year old child and many show reasoning skills of the older end of the spectrum. The African Grey shows some of the most ability of any of the parrots. Parrots can think and learn as well as the average pet dog, if not even better in many cases.

Parrot speech is another really interesting aspect of their learning. Sometimes you hear a parrot speak and you wonder if they are simply just copying you. In some cases and with some birds it may be a case of mimicry more than any true understanding, but research is also showing a tad bit more going on in many parrots.

It appears that some parrots understand linguistic ideas as well as kindergarten aged children such as the concepts of bigger vs. smaller, same vs. different, and even the concept of numbers and the idea of none. This is far more advanced than mimicry!

The creation and use of tools is often used as a barometer of intelligence in all species, and it was once thought that only humans had this ability. Of course researchers now know that far more animals than just humans have this skill, but it’s not always recognized that birds can do it too. Austrian researchers were quite surprised to learn by chance that a captive-bred Cockatoo showed abilities to create a tool to reach objects like food that were outside of his reach (watch the video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/20170195).

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Harnessing intelligence

An animal so intelligent as these parrots absolutely deserves to have learning opportunities through training in a captive, pet home. Without such training, his mind will venture into other forms of entertainment as best it can, and this is actually how many bad behaviors start. The majority of bad behaviors come from a very natural place instinctively in a parrot, but can be translated in different ways in a pet home.

Ideally you should try to train and work with your parrot at least 15 minutes per day. This isn’t just training time, but it’s also a valuable quality bonding experience with your parrot. It works his mind and makes him think in a positive way, and it also develops a lasting bond between
you and your bird.

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Regards,
Nathalie Roberts