How to Put a Harness on Your Parrot | Parrot Training

How to Put a Harness on Your Parrot | Parrot Training

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So, before you even start training to harness, you are going to want to make sure that you are able to grab your bird, you’re going to be able to open his wings and touch him all over his body, so that he is not scared when you are going to be doing that with the harness.

So, if your parrot is comfortable with the harness material being on or near his body like this, you are going to start to teach it to put its head through the collar. This is really the secret to wearing the harness, is getting the bird to feel like it is participating and volunteering to put it on, rather than having the harness forced on it. So, rather than sticking the harness on your bird, you are going to have the bird stick the harness on itself. If the bird has its own control over the process, then it is nowhere near as scary as having it forced onto it.

So, we can go back to our trusty target stick to use the target to target the bird’s head to go through the collar, like this. Target. Good boy. Very good. Once your parrot knows how to put it’s head through, you just keep practicing where you have him stick his head through the collar, you click, give him the treat, and take it right back off. The whole idea is to show the parrot that the harness is harmless and it’s not going to be stuck on it all at once.

We are going to build this up in stages. Good boy! This time, I’m going to leave it on a little longer and let him chew his treat while wearing the collar around his neck. I’m still going to hold it, just to make sure that nothing happens, like he can’t fly away with it and get hurt. We will take it back off.

After a few days to weeks of practicing having the collar go on and off, we are ready to put the harness on all the way. Just put his head in the collar, while he is eating his treat I can bring the material over and put the first wing through, put his second wing through. Give him another treat to keep him busy, and then while he is eating that, I can just tighten up the harness, like that. Good boy.

Then, taking off the harness is also very important, but it’s just the whole process in reverse. Almost done. Good boy.And, that’s how you put your harness on a parrot, and now we are ready to go outside and have some fun.

How to Take a Parrot In & Out of Cage | Parrot Training

How to Take a Parrot In & Out of Cage | Parrot Training

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Okay. In this video, we’re going to go over how to take a parrot out of its cage and how to put it back. So, go ahead and show her the target stick through the cage bars and let her come over and touch the stick. As soon as she does, you can click on that. Good. Good bird. And then you can give her that sunflower seed. Very good. So, we’re just reminding her that she’s going to be following the target stick and going where we point.

So, now we’re going to go ahead and pop the door open and teach the parrot to step up onto a hand to come out of the cage. Okay. So approach with that hand and the target stick. We’re just going back to what we’ve been doing. And you have the parrot target onto the hand so it can touch the stick. Okay. And give the treat. That’s very good. You can put the parrot up on top of the cage for now. Good bird.

So, for putting the parrot back in, we’re going to do just the exact opposite. You’re going to have the parrot targeted to step up onto your finger and then you’re going to target her back off onto inside the cage. So, don’t give her the treat when she steps up. Have her target on and go back inside the cage. Target her so she has to step off of your hand to get inside the cage. Then you can give her the treat.

That way, she’s being rewarded for going into the cage, not only for stepping up. So, go ahead and target her off. Okay. That’s good. Now lead her in. You don’t have to let her touch the stick. She’s just following it. Now you’re going to target her to go into the cage. That’s good. And target her to have to step inside. That’s very good. And give her the treat. Excellent.

As we progress, we’re just going to use the target stick as a reminder and then eventually phase it out altogether. So, this time I want you to hold the target stick in your hand and let her know you have it, but don’t actually direct her with it. Have her focus more on stepping up onto your hand and the target stick’s there just as a reminder.

Eventually, you won’t even have to use the target stick at all to have your parrot step up and go in the cage for you. So, just go ahead and bring your hand up to have her step up. That’s good. And then, you can put her in the cage and then you’ll give her the treat. And just give her the treat for stepping in. That’s great. And we can close the door and the bird’s now back in the cage.

Keep in mind, folks, that when you have your parrot go back in the cage, you want to make it a rewarding experience. Being outside the cage is a lot of fun, there’s a lot of treats involved. There’s good things going on when the bird’s outside the cage. One of the best ways to motivate your parrot to go back into the cage is not just a treat, but to feed the parrot its entire meal.

When you put your parrot in the cage and it gets its meal after its training session, that’s a big reward in and of itself. By scheduling the meals to happen right after training sessions, your parrot will always be eager to go back in its cage to receive its meal. So, that’s how you teach your parrot to come in and out of its cage.

How to Teach Your Parrot to Do a Puzzle | Parrot Training

How to Teach Your Parrot to Do a Puzzle | Parrot Training

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Parrots are very intelligent creatures and highly capable of learning. Not only can they differentiate colors, but also shapes and concepts. So, teaching a parrot a four-piece puzzle is a way to challenge their intelligence and keep things fun for them.

The easiest piece to teach is the circle because it has no square ends, so it goes in no matter which way the parrot turns it. So, at first we start teaching a puzzle by teaching the parrot to put the circle in here by having it fetch to your hand.

And you put your hand over the circle. Alright. Go fetch. Then you can get the bird to drop the piece somewhere near the circle. She already knows how to do it. She drops it right in. If your parrot can just drop the circle anywhere in the vicinity that’s already worth clicking for and rewarding. But, eventually, you’re always going to reward the parrot for dropping the circle closer and closer and into the slot. Fetch. Good bird.

The second piece you’re going to want to teach is the square. This one’s tougher, but it can go in in multiple ways. Wait one second. It can go in this way and it can go in this way. It can’t go in on a 45, so the bird needs to learn to turn the piece to put it in. We’re going to tap on the square because they already know how to do the circle and she’s just going to put the square in. Good bird.

It’s really important that your parrot have a good foundation knowing how to fetch. And you’re going to just keep practicing the pieces one at a time, over and over again. So you’re going to teach the circle first. Then you teach the square. Then you go back and teach the square and the circle.

You’re going to add one piece at a time so that the parrot can learn additional pieces. So, once they know the square and the circle you can teach them to do the triangle. They have to turn it one of three ways to get it into the slot. Fetch. When they’re not getting it in, you don’t click. And if they miss then you take it away or they’re going to keep trying. Fetch. Good bird.

When they get it close, even if it’s not in all the way but they got it almost right, you reward them for that so they can learn to do it like that. Go fetch. That’s good. Alright. Let’s try it again. Go fetch. Oh, that’s much better. Very good. Alright. Go fetch. Okay. Now you got it in all the way. Very nice. Good bird.

Finally, the trapezoid piece on this puzzle is the most challenging because it can only go in one way. The circle can go in any way. The square can go in four ways, the triangle three ways. Trapezoid goes in only one way. What I’ve been doing is I put the trapezoid facing the opposite direction away from her so she can turn around and place it inward. Kili, go fetch. So when she turns 180, she’s heading the right way and can get it in. Very good.

Just remember that the puzzle’s one of the most difficult tricks you can teach a parrot. And with a lot of time and patience, you can teach the four colors and have the parrot do the puzzle.

And that’s how you teach a parrot to do a four-piece puzzle.