4 Best Parrot Training Tips | Parrot Training

4 Best Parrot Training Tips | Parrot Training

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Here’s a few more tips from the Parrot Wizard about teaching tricks to your parrot. Remember that any parrot of any age can learn to do tricks. With baby parrots less than one year old, it is better to focus on just good behavior and teaching them to be familiar with the human household environment. Between one year and the maximum age, any parrot can learn tricks. I don’t care if your parrot is 70 years old; if you follow these steps and you take your time, that parrot can just as well learn new tricks. The only parrot that can’t learn a trick is a dead parrot.

Another important tip is to make sure that the time your parrot spends out of the cage is quality time. A lot of people get hung up on the amount of time their parrot spends out of their cage, be it one hour a day or eight hours a day, three hours a day. In reality, it’s not just about the time that they spend out of their cage, but the quality of their time. By teaching them tricks and giving them things to do, it keeps your parrot engaged and motivated and gives them some purpose to their life.

In the wild, they would be naturally spending hours a day flying and foraging in trees to earn their food. If all you do is provide food to your parrot in its cage, it has nothing to do for the rest of its day and they get bored. That can lead to problems: screaming, biting and plucking. By teaching your parrot tricks and giving it motivation in its life and giving it things to do, you have the best chance of keeping a healthy, happy companion parrot.

And another tip for you is to let your parrots fly. A lot of people still keep their parrots clipped, and I have been discovering this, along with other parrot owners more and more, that it’s really not necessary. A lot of the fears people have about flying parrots, such as them flying away from them or trying to get out of the house, with the proper relationship, if you teach tricks to your parrot and you build the relationship with your bird, your bird is going to want to fly to you instead of away from you. So, flight is not going to become unmanageable.

Just remember to bird-proof your home by keeping doors and windows closed, disabling ceiling fans, and keeping other pets away from your birds. And just remember, all of this takes a lot of patience. I have been working with my birds for five years, and we have been working very actively every day for those entire five years. Maybe ten to 60 minutes a day for five years, that really adds up. So, even if you don’t work with your bird as much, if you remember to spend at least five minutes working with your parrot every day, rather than here and there, over time, over six months or a year or five years, you will see so much progress in your parrot’s life, it will be well worth it.

How to Make Your Parrot Less Fearful | Parrot Training

How to Make Your Parrot Less Fearful | Parrot Training

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It’s very often that parrots are afraid of new objects, whether it’s a new toy, trick training prop that you’re trying to teach, or possibly a new place or people. A good technique is to use the training you’ve been learning until now to desensitize the parrot and to distract him from his fears, and then to slowly expose the things that it fears without making it any more scared.

So, right now, my bird has never seen this tape measure before. We’re just going to introduce it. I’m going to bring down my clicker and target stick and I’m going to target the bird near the tape measure, just to show it that it’s really no big deal. We’re going to remind it that targeting has always been a safe thing. The bird has never gotten hurt around anything targeted to.

So, if I can target her to new objects, that will also tell her that these new objects are just as safe as all the previous ones. Alright. You see that? Alright. Go ahead and target. Good bird!

I’m going to target my parrot to and away from the object to just get her mind of it and have her focus on targeting. Good bird! Alright. Target. Target. Target. Good!

So, I’ve had her come closer to the tape measure and touch it. Meanwhile, she’s focusing on the target stick, she’s not afraid. Now, this bird doesn’t really get too scared of new objects because we’ve introduced her to so many. With other parrots, it’s very likely that they’re going to be scared of new objects. Now, just hold the object further away to make it less deal about.

So, you might want to start with that tape measure all the way over here while you try to target the bird here to distract it and take it’s mind off it. And then you’re just going to slowly, slowly sneak it in throughout the process to get the parrot more accustomed with that object being in it’s vicinity. So, there’s some tips and tricks for you about reducing fear in parrots.

How to Clicker Train Your Parrot | Parrot Training

How to Clicker Train Your Parrot | Parrot Training

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Now that you’ve picked treats for you parrot, it’s time to begin clicker training. A clicker is just a very simple plastic box with a metal piece inside. It makes a click sound when you push the button. We use this as a tool to tell the parrot when it’s doing the right thing that we’re trying to teach it to do.

This is a very useful skill for teaching additional tricks. It’s not a must. You could teach your parrot to do tricks without a clicker. But it’s much easier with a clicker. It helps to note the time when the parrot’s doing the behavior that you want it to.

Also, it’s easier to reproduce with other people. If you want someone else to be able to handle your parrot, you’ll be able to let them use the clicker and receive the same results and benefits as you doing it yourself.

It’s very simple to teach the parrot what the clicker sound means. It means that a treat is coming. You just click the clicker and give it a treat. Whenever the parrot hears the sound of the clicker, it’s going to get a treat to follow. At first, you can click it at the same time as you’re giving treats. But, over time, you can click first and give the treat second.

Just remember, every time you click the clicker, even if you didn’t mean to, you’ve got to give a treat to the parrot so that it learns that clicker means treats are coming on their way.

Wings? Good boy.

Eventually, you’ll be able to use the clicker to mark the time the parrot does the right behavior.

Wave. Good boy.

As soon as he does the right thing I can click and give him a treat.

Wave. Good boy.

So, I’m going to be using a clicker throughout this series. Whenever the bird does the behavior I’m seeking, I click and give the treat. That’s how you clicker train a parrot.