Dear Parrot Lover,
If you own a parrot, or are thinking of owning a parrot, you’ve most likely thought about whether or not your parrot is a talker. You’re not alone on this. Nearly every parrot parent at one time or another wanted a talking parrot. Who doesn’t love listening to a talking parrot?
Here are a few clues to look out for when determining whether your parrot will be a good talker:
- Your parrot is inquisitive
- Your parrot gets really excited whenever you or other members of your household come home
- Your parrot knows a few basic commands, like ‘Step Up’
- Your parrot seems to listen intently to you when you speak to him
- Your parrot sings or chatters on his own
- Your parrot loves listening to the radio or television
- Your parrot is a social butterfly
If your parrot does any of these, then you have a parrot that has the perfect aptitude to talk. All you have to do is train him to talk the right way.
Teaching a parrot to talk is very simple. Just make sure that you have a lot of patience and are in a calm state of mind before you begin. Here are a few tips on how to teach your parrot to talk:
Create a definite training schedule by setting aside at least 30 minutes every day where you and your parrot will be able to have some one-on-one time together.
Introduce a word to your parrot by pronouncing it clearly. Repeat this word a few times by speaking aloud to your parrot.
Try to use your chosen word in an everyday sentence when talking to your parrot. This will help your parrot to hear the vowels and be accustomed to hearing the sound that the word makes.
Start a conversation with your parrot – even if it is one-sided, it will still help the training efforts.
As soon as your parrot mimics the word back to you, give him lots of praise and even a nice treat. Always reward your parrot for trying.
Never reprimand your parrot if he gets a word wrong. Each parrot is an individual and will learn only at their own pace.
The Easy Way to a Talkative Bird
Talking is natural for birds
Different types of vocalizations are quite natural for the average bird. In the wild bird, different calls are specific to flocks and used as ways to communicate specific things amongst the group. Our pet birds attempt to use vocalizations in a similar way except the humans in the family are the flock.
It’s this natural desire to communicate and vocalize that makes many birds like cockatiels and parrots excellent choices for speech training. Not all species of birds can or will readily speak defined words, but many species, such as parrots like African Greys, are actually quite adept at learning and reproducing speech.
Starting your training
Teaching your bird to speak is part of the overall training package. You want to develop a relationship with your bird and training him and spending time with him is the cornerstone of that process. A bird that is bonded to you more closely relates to you as a flock member and trusts you. He will want to communicate with you.
You need to set realistic goals for yourself and your bird. Too much training or too much repetition (repeating the same words over and over and over ….) will not lead to your bird having the highest vocabulary around. It may actually be counterproductive. You should strive to work with your bird for only 5-15 minutes at a time so that he stays focused and enjoys the process.
An innovative system
There are lots of ways to train a bird, and not all of these methods will be successful. This is how many people end up really frustrated with a bird that only whistles or says hello. It’s possible that the training just hasn’t been right….until now. The Real Speech training system is a complete training package that is innovative in its methods. Not only does it identify what will actually work for you, but it uses other birds to help out. What?!?
Yes, real birds. The innovator behind the Real Speech system figured out other birds can actually increase the odds of your bird learning new vocabulary. Birds seem to learn faster when another bird repeats a word as a way to try to communicate with the bird. The Reel Speech training system capitalizes on this trait as just one integral part of the system. You’ve got to see for yourself!