How to Teach a Parrot to Play Ring Toss | Parrot Training

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Alright. Kili, my Senegal parrot, is going to help me demonstrate how to teach a parrot to put a ring on a peg by color. So, this is the parrot ring cuffs. The first you need to do is you need to teach the parrot how to pick up rings and be able to fetch them to you. We’re going remind the parrot how to fetch. Kili, fetch. Good bird.

The next step, we’ll get rid of the extra rings that we don’t need yet. We’re just going to use one color. Kili, fetch. And I’m going to teach her to fetch it on there by putting my hand on top of the ring toss instead. Fetch. Kili, fetch. Good bird.

So, the first idea is to teach the parrot to approach the peg with the ring in it’s beak. You can use your hand to trick it, while it doesn’t know how to put it on yet. Fetch. Good bird. Kili, go fetch.

My goal is going to be to get the parrot to put the ring right on here by getting it to fetch as precisely as possible. Good bird. Very nice. Kili, fetch. Now, she already knows how to put the ring on the peg, but the whole trick is about teaching the parrot to fetch it in the vicinity of the peg and to put it on. One way that I found convenient to get her to do it is to teach her how to touch the pole right after putting a ring on, so when she was coming over here and putting it on, she wouldn’t quite get it on all the way or drop it.

So, I taught her to target to and touch this, peg when she drops the ring on. And that way, she has to drop the ring on in order to touch the pegs. So, watch how she does it. Kili, fetch. Good bird. By teaching her how to touch the peg at the end after dropping the ring on, it forces her to let go of the ring rig onto the peg.

So, the next step is to introduce more colors, and we can teach the bird to do each color by doing, instead of three at a time, we do two at a time. So, we pick two distinct colors, and we use only one ring and teach the bird to bring it only to the right color.

So, whenever they do it the right way you give it a treat. Whenever they don’t, you don’t. Good bird. And occasionally swap it up. Now, she knows the colors. But confused birds wouldn’t know what to do would put it on the pink one, and then you don’t reward. But whenever the bird does put the ring on the correct color, you do reward.

So, the whole way to teach this is to keep having to practice over and over again and mix things up and have it learn to match the colors. Good bird. Then we can swap and teach it the other color instead. Kili, fetch. Of course, she knows the colors so she’s going to put it. She’s going to look which. Where does that go? Good bird.

Sometimes you can teach a parrot you parrot a little bit and cheat, by pointing the the one where you want it to go, so they learn some extra colors. Kili, fetch over here. Good bird.

Then, we can step things up, have it fetch two rings and match each one to the right color. Good bird. Fetch. Kili, fetch. Very good. And then, finally, you’re ready to mix up the colors a little more and introduce a third.

While you’re introducing the third, you might want to do green and pick, blue and green. But after the bird knows a few colors they just learn the concept and can do any number of rings you want them to do. Kili, go fetch. Hey, go fetch. Good bird. Fetch. Kili, go fetch. Good job. And that’s how you teach a parrot to put a ring on a peg by color.

Germany – Parrot Training Seminar

Germany – Parrot Training Seminar

July 18, 2015, I held an all day seminar in Germany about parrot keeping. Although parrot training, harness training, and flight were forefront topics, in reality the topic was still about keeping parrots in general.

We talked about the basics of parrot training, motivation, health, harness training, flight, and so much more. A German translator made sure everyone could understand. However, many Germans understand English so the translation was just an opportunity to hear their understanding confirmed.

Parrot trick training : play dead trick

Parrot trick training : play dead trick

How to teach your parrot the “PLAY DEAD” trick FULL guide

Prior to step 1:
Turn your parrot on his back (best place to teach this trick is on a bed/ thick mattress) and let him get used to it, start keeping him still and when his comfortable with it you can start step 1 (do it at least 15-20 times).

Step 1: teaching the parrot to stay perfectly still (without a clicker):

Your Parrot right leg is grabbing your left hand (index finger) and helps him flip and lay on his back while your right hand (index finger) is doing a circle motions, vocal cue is the word “circle”.
When you see that the parrot is doing it perfectly a few times in a row- do it a few more times with a clicker(about 5 times)to ensure that the parrot can continue to step 2.

Step 2A: hand switching (without a clicker):

Start with 3-4 drills from step 1 (without clicker), if all is good- continue to step 2
Now your right hand will be in a “gun” shape and will replace left hand.
You’re still saying “circle” but no longer doing the “circle” motion- now the gun shaped (right) hand will lead the parrot to flip and lay on his back, like so:

Let the parrot grab your right index finger (don’t forget to maintain the gun shape) and do a “rainbow” motion that will flip the parrot clockwise, it’s ok if he’ll keep on grabbing your hand while he’s laying.

Step 2B: getting less involved:

When the parrot is doing step 2A perfectly you just start getting less involved by doing half a “rainbow” and then a quarter…basically you’ll let him lead the “flip”. at the end you’ll start seeing an effort** from the parrot side (now it’s the time to start using clicker) so reword him vocally+ giving a super treat even if the flip is only halfway… for now It doesn’t matter if he’s perfectly still or even if he doesn’t complete the flip.
When he’s doing these efforts try to release your hand from his grip — that would probably make him lose some balance and the outcome would be- flipping.

Examples for efforts**: while hanging on your hand he’ll start pushing himself to flip and moving his left leg trying to flip as well.

Step 3:

When Chief started to really try and do the flip by himself I added the final vocal (my version to “bang”) cue and continued with the “gun” cue and clicker.
When you’ll show the parrot the “gun” cue he would lift his right leg and wait for you to assist him, then you encourage him to flip on his own, like so:

with your left index finger give him a little push on his wing/upper leg…quickly he would understand that you’re not going to help him anymore and he would start flipping on his own, for now it doesn’t matter if the flip is only halfway/for a millisecond…your only goal is letting him know that he should flip without your help and start getting used to the final vocal sound.

In this step we stopped all hand motions so if the parrot is confused it’s ok to help him to understand what exactly we want by reaching with our left index finger towards his right leg and/or making the “rainbow” motion in front of him…he would get it after a few times(happened to me with chief).

Step 4 and final: going back to the starting point:

When the parrot starts flipping every time and you are sure that he got the point you’ll start intervening like so:

The moment he flips- with your right hand you’ll keep him in that position and when he’s calm (not perfectly still but calm) you click and reward…do it until you see that he’s starting to lay longer on his back, now it’s time to start working on keeping him “perfectly still”…
this is the easy part because he knows it thanks to step 1.

During the process it’s more important that the parrot will get to know the visual cue much more than the vocal…the vocal is less a cue and more like a cool add-on, anyway,
You still have 2-3 more sessions until your parrot would master the trick so he’ll learn the vocal cue in those sessions so……don’t worry about It….the best example is Chief 🙂

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The cause of Alex’s death was unknown. The African grey parrot’s average life span is 50 years, Brandeis University scientist Irene Pepperberg said. Alex was discovered dead in his cage Friday, she said, but she waited to release the news until this week so grieving researchers could get over the shock and talk about it.

“It’s devastating to lose an individual you’ve worked with pretty much every day for 30 years,” Pepperberg told The Boston Globe. “Someone was working with him eight to 12 hours every day of his life.”

Alex’s advanced language and recognition skills revolutionized the understanding of the avian brain. After Pepperberg bought Alex from an animal shop in 1973, the parrot learned enough English to identify 50 objects, seven colors and five shapes. He could count up to six, including zero, was able to express desires, including his frustration with the repetitive research. Video Watch Alex teach humans about birds »

He also occasionally instructed two other parrots at the lab to “talk better” if they mumbled, though it wasn’t clear whether he was simply mimicking researchers.

Alex hadn’t reached his full cognitive potential and was demonstrating the ability to take distinct sounds from words he knew and combine them to form new words, Pepperberg said. Just last month, he pronounced the word “seven” for the first time.

The last time Pepperberg saw Alex was Thursday, she said. They went through their back-and-forth goodnight routine, which always varied slightly and in which she told him it was time to go in the cage.

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