How to target train an Indian Ringneck Parrot

How to target train an Indian Ringneck Parrot

This is a short clip of me target training my Indian
Ringneck Parrot George. Target training is a vital step in taming and training your parrot as it can enable you to move them around easily even if they are not completely tame, for example you can use this to move them out and in to their cage, move them away from the cage door so you can open it without them escaping etc.

I Have had George for about a week an a half. He was aviary bred so had not had any contact from people before coming to live with me. I feel he has adjusted to living with me very well and is becoming more trusting of me every day.

I began by clicker conditioning George (click the clicker and give your bird a treat) so that he learnt whenever he hears the click, he gets a treat. I then began target training him inside his cage through the bars. Once he got the hang of it, i let him out of his cage to practice on his perch (as seen in this video).

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How to Teach Your Parrot to Nod Yes | Parrot Training

How to Teach Your Parrot to Nod Yes | Parrot Training

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Alright. How to teach your parrot to nod yes. We’re going to break out the target stick again. We’re going to use that to direct our parrot’s head up and down to follow the stick. That signifies the yes motion that they’re going to do.

By having your parrot follow the stick, you can be teaching the motion. An alternative way to do it is just to use your treat and lure the parrot with the treat to follow up and down.

The goal is to have their eyes and their beak following that treat or the target stick. Then it’s just a matter of clicking your clicker, like that, signifying to them that’s the moment that they did the right behavior which is to nod their head.

Kili, nod. Good bird.

We’re just going to practice that a couple times, where you have the bird follow the target stick up and down.

Nod. Good bird. Nod. Good bird.

The bird is going to become more and more used to and familiar with following the stick every time you did that. Incorporate a verbal cue, such as “nod” or “yes”, so that the bird can learn to perform on the cue without the target stick or the treat lure once you get better.

Nod. Good bird.

Eventually, when the parrot’s used to following the stick, you can just use your finger to have it follow your finger instead, to make it easier, like this.

Nod. Good.

The parrot was so familiar with following the stick that now it can follow your finger instead. Finally, you can recede the cue and do it from a distance such as this.

Nod. Good bird. Very good.

That’s how to teach your parrot to nod.

Teaching Parrots to Talk (Parrot Talking)

Teaching Parrots to Talk (Parrot Talking)

Teaching Parrots to Speak – as part of the expert series by GeoBeats.

Well, if you are getting a bird for the reason of talking, only, do not get a bird because they come with a lot of responsibility and they live a long, long time. But, one of the best ways to teach a bird to talk is to actually have a rival. I am, I am Spaulding’s favorite person. Step up, good girl. So, she does not tend to imitate me. She imitates my husband because when he calls my name, I respond. So, you want to use a rival technique, where you would have, say, myself, the bird, and the rival person. I do not want to say not liked person, but not the favorite person. And then, you talk to the non favorite person and reward that, and the bird watches and will usually imitate, although, I do believe that it is not always imitation, but they will then turn to imitate that.

Another way to help learn, with Grays, you know, they are so well-known. Congo African Grays are so well-known for their talking ability, but I’ve come across several that do not talk at all. So, just because you get an African Gray does not guarantee talking ability. Cockatoos are really great and easy to talk, although their vocabulary is more limited, because if you just get real excited with your voice they tend to pick it up. The same with the Amazons. So, with like a Cockatoo, or a Macaw, or an Amazon, a lot of it comes from the fact that it is the excitement in your voice. So, the more excited you are to see them, the more excited you get them, the more they are apt to repeat your words.

Tuki is very relaxed right now, but let us see if we can get him to not… Well, I still want him relaxed, but… Tuki, step up. Good boy. Can you say hi? Hi. Who is such a good boy. Step up. Hi, Tuk. Hi. Hi, Tuk. You want to step down? Good boy. Hi. Hi, Tuk. Are you such a good boy? You want to… You are a good bird. You want a scratch scratch? Only one wing. Scratch, scratch. Basically, I am labeling everything I do so that he talks what he wants to me. Like, for instance, instead of doing a constant scream at night time, he gives me a heads up, and he yells, “Mom, time for bed.” I would go in when it was about bedtime and I had get real excited with him, and say, “Is it time for bed? Is it time for bed?” Now, instead of screaming altogether, he will say, “Mom, it is time for bed.” So, with them, it is really a matter of using a lot of excitement in your voice Hi, Tuk. Playing with a toy? Hi, Tuk. Hi, Tuki bird. Hi. Who is a good bird? Who is such a good bird? Who is? You are a pretty boy, such a pretty boy.

Talk to them almost, I do not want to say baby talk, but like you would a small child and they pick up on it. Want to do a trick. Tuki? No, no wings. Step up. Come on. Step up onto mommy’s hand. Up. Good boy. Another thing, I know this is not… Oh, he knows what we are going to do. This is not really talking, but take natural behaviors and trick train. Cockatoos a lot of times love to lay on their backs to snuggle, so you can do. Are you ready? Hi. Are you ready? Bang. Yeah. And he gets all excited. Hi. Bang. Oh, good boy, good boy. Hi. So, the more excited you get them, the more they tend to talk.

How to Teach Parrot the Big Eagle Trick | Parrot Training

How to Teach Parrot the Big Eagle Trick | Parrot Training

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This is Truman, a Cape parrot, and he’s going to help us demonstrate how to do the big eagle trick. I like to just call it wings, because that’s what the parrot’s going to do. He’s going to show his wings like he’s a big eagle.

The way to teach the trick is you use your fingers to press the parrot’s wings out and they stretch them open and you give a treat. At first, the bird’s not going to lift his wings very far. At first, he might just pick them up a little bit. Any progress in picking up the wings is worthwhile and you should reward it.

It’s just a matter of getting them used to picking up their wings and holding them for longer. Good boy. Then you can proceed to showing the cue from further away to get them to lift their wings from further.

Wings. Try that again. Wings. Good boy.

I use the two-fingers cue like this because it’s easy to transition from pressing on their wings to help them open them at first to teaching them to do it on command.

Wings. That’s good. Very nice.

Some parrots like to naturally throw their wings out just for the heck of it. With those parrots, all you’ve got to do is click whenever they lift their wings and say your cue, such as “wings” or “big eagle,” and give them the treat. For other birds, like these guys who don’t naturally stick their wings out in full, the only way to teach it is through shaping. That’s by lifting their wings open with your fingers and then giving the treat. That’s how you teach your parrot to show its wings.

Teach Your Parrot to Dunk a Basketball | Parrot Training

Teach Your Parrot to Dunk a Basketball | Parrot Training

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Alright. Kili, my Senegal parrot here, is going to help you teach your parrot how to play basketball. Alright. It’s just like the fetch trick, where you’re going to start with teaching your bird to fetch the ball to you.

Kili, fetch. Good bird.

Once you remind it of the fetch trick that it already knows, you can teach it to put it in the basketball hoop. What I’m going to start with is by lowering the hoop and putting it down low so that it’s easy for the bird to get it in. Some hoops, like this one, are adjustable. It makes it much easier to teach the trick.

Fetch. I’m just going to have her fetch it to my hand over the basketball hoo,p since it’s something she already knows how to do. Just keep practicing where the bird puts the ball in your hand.

Kili, go fetch. Good bird.

Eventually, you can trick your bird into thinking it’s going to put it into your hand, but you take your hand away and it puts it in the basketball hoop instead. That’s your chance to reward and show it did the right thing.

Kili, go fetch.

Then, I’m just going to trick her to think it’s going in my hand. Take my hand away sooner so she puts it in the basketball hoop instead until she’s doing it on her own.

Kili, go fetch. Good bird.

On a more advanced level, you can teach your parrot to fly to get the ball and dunk it as high as you possibly want.

All right, Kili, go fetch. Kili, go fetch. Go fetch. Hey, good bird.

That’s how you can teach your parrot to dunk a basketball.

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Best Time of Day to Train Your Parrot | Parrot Training

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To pick a training reward for your parrot, it’s not only about what food you feed them, but also when you feed it. It’s really important that your parrot be hungry and want the food when you’re offering it. Otherwise, it’s not going to teach them or reward them for doing the behaviors that you’re trying to teach them during trick training.

So, as much as it’s important to pick a good treat for your parrot, it’s just as important to pick a time when your parrot is hungry and wants the treats. So, a good time is generally in the morning and the evening for training sessions. In the mornings, parrots haven’t had their food yet; they’ve been sleeping all night.

If you don’t leave food in the cage at night, then the parrot will be hungry by the time you’re ready to train it in the morning. So, train the parrot before you feed it its meals in the morning, while it is still hungry.

After your parrot does trick training in the morning, or is fed in the morning, you can take the food away and leave the parrot without food until the evening when you’re ready to do training again.

In the evening, do your training session first while your parrot is at its hungriest. And then, after it’s done training, you can give it a big meal in its cage, letting it eat as much as it wants. And then, you can take the meal away again for the night

Two meals a day are plenty for most small to large parrots. For the smaller ones, like cockatiels and budgies, you may want to feed your parrot three times a day.

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.

How to Pet a Parrot | Parrot Training

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This video is about how to pet your parrot. And many people don’t realize that birds can actually be really cuddly animals and they can enjoy head scratches. But, unlike a dog, they like it in a slightly different way.

So, come on over here, birdy. They like to be pet against their feathers like this. And what I like to call this is petting etiquette. Instead of just petting your bird whenever it wants and letting it use its beak to dictate where and when you pet it, I teach them petting etiquette, where I keep their beak between my fingers while I pet their head. This wa,y if I hit a spot that they don’t like, they can’t bite me and they can’t be bossy about which spots I do and don’t.

They have to take all or nothing. So, if they enjoy the petting, then they’re going to just keep their beak between my fingers and let me scratch them all over their heads. They also really enjoy getting scratched behind the ears. Birds do have ears, they’re just covered by feathers. They’re right over here, and they love getting theirs ears scratched.

Keep in mind that some birds aren’t accustomed to petting. They might not even like being touched on the head. So, you can use some of the training techniques that are outlined in my book and throughout these video series to get your bird to be accustomed to being touched. And once a bird is accustomed to being touched, you can pet its head.

And then, if it learns to like it, if the bird gets the chance to realize how good it feels, then this can become its own positive reinforcement and you can use the petting as a reward for good behavior. So, here’s some tips on petting your bird. Just remember that they like having their feathers stroked in the opposite direction. It’s a good idea to hold their beak so they can’t get too bossy and it’s also a sign that they like to be pet.

My birds, when they want petting they’ll come over and put their beak between my fingers, rather than bite me, because that’s the way I’ve always taught them to ask for it. Petting your bird is just a great way to build a relationship with your bird and teach them to like being on hands and being around people.

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Parrots are naturally really noisy creatures and they can be prone to screaming tendencies. This high-level, audible shrieking is highly undesirable, so it’s important to minimize it to the greatest extent. The first thing you have to realize is that all parrots are going to make noise. They are noisy creatures. You have to accept a certain amount of noise coming from a bird or you can’t get one, because that’s just how they are.

But, here’s the important thing, we want to discourage them from screaming any more than they naturally would. We can’t make them not scream at all completely, because that’s just part of being a bird. But, what we can do is we can try to avoid encouraging them to scream more for our attention and for other reasons. So, the strategy to reducing human-induced screaming is to avoid reinforcing screaming altogether.

So, if your parrot is screaming for your attention, the absolute worst thing you could possibly do is to come over and give the parrot attention or try to do something to get it to stop screaming. Anything and everything you do to try to make your parrot not scream, whether it’s to come over, to yell at it, to give it food, to give it toys, at that point you are rewarding the screaming and only encouraging it to scream more and more whenever it wants those things.

So, the most important thing you can do when your parrot screams is to ignore it. Do not walk over. Do not talk to it. Do not shout back. Do not give it food. Simply by avoiding any reaction to the screaming in the first place, you are most likely to not encourage anymore screaming than that very bare minimum. With time, parrots learn to scream less just because it doesn’t do anything.

They might still have their morning and evening screaming or vocalization sessions where they’ll make some noise. But, if you do not go over and encourage it further, they will not do it all the time. Also, it’s really good to do trick training and flying sessions with your parrot, because when they spend their energy they become quieter and more mellow throughout the day. So, there are some tips for you about reducing screaming in your parrot.

How to train your parrot to talk / How to teach your budgie to talk

How to train your parrot to talk  / How to teach your budgie to talk

To train your budgie or African gray to talk isn’t easy
If you want to train your parrot to talk in 1 day or 1 month – sorry, this is not that easy
So, what are the most important thing to train your budgie or any parrot to talk?
Love to your parrot, patience, persistence, system
Wish you great results!

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Taking your parrot outside has many benefits. Not only is natural sunlight essential for your parrot, they need 15 minutes of sunlight every week, but it’s also a great experience. Many parrots that are housebound for many years some day when they need to be taken to a vet, to a groomer, they need to be taken to someone else’s home or left with someone to watch them, they freak out because they’ve never been outside the house.

The outdoor environment teaches your parrots to be comfortable and aware of things that are going on. It greatly desensitizes them. It exposes them to many different people and situations and makes them all around better pets. However, this doesn’t mean you can just grab your parrot, throw on a harness and take him outside right away. You need to desensitize them to the process a little at a time.

A good way to start is to take your parrot outside in a carrier the first few times so that it’s enclosed and can feel safe. Once your parrot is comfortable with that, whether it’s clipped or flighted, it’s a good idea to put a harness on your parrot to make sure it can’t fly away in case he gets scared. And you just take your parrot outside wearing his harness.

And the first few times you do it, you might want to even cup your parrot around, keep him from being able to fly away. You might want to hold his leash real close. By doing things like this, you ensure that your parrot’s first few experiences going outside aren’t going to turn out bad.

If something outdoors scares your parrot, and most likely in the first few times you take it outside, it will, you don’t want your parrot having a bad reaction of flying off and crashing into a pole, crashing on the ground, getting hurt. So, by holding the leash or even cupping your parrot for safety the first few times reduces the likelihood of an unintentional fly off and reduces the possibility your parrot will be scared of outdoors in general.

So, by ensuring that the first few time you take your parrot outside are harmless, over time you can do trick training and some target training outside. You can take your parrot to more places and have more experiences. Introduce it to people and let it enjoy the sunshine of being outdoors. Taking your parrot outside is a very stimulating and exciting experience and it’s both mutually beneficial to the parrot and human alike.

How to Teach Your Parrot to Wave | Parrot Training

How to Teach Your Parrot to Wave | Parrot Training

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Truman, my Cape parrot, is going to help me demonstrate to you how to teach your parrot to wave. So, the way that it works is it’s requisite on the parrot knowing how to step up. So, your parrot should know how to step up onto your finger, like this.

And teaching it to wave and to pick up its foot in a waving motion is a matter of it just trying to step up on your hand. And then you don’t let it step up, so it has to pick up its foot to try to step up and that’s the way you’re going to teach the process. Truman, step up. Up. Good boy. So, he’s getting a little mixed up with the wings trick that he already knows. But when you’re teaching an additional trick it’s important to work on the trick that you’re teaching at that moment and not let the bird get confused with prior tricks.

So, we’re going to try to get him to wave again. Truman, step up. Truman, step up. Up. Good. So, as soon as he picks that foot up to try to step on my finger, that’s when I’m going to click and reward him with it. Alright. Truman, wave. Wave. Step up. Good boy.

So, I’m basically incorporating two things here. I’m still telling him to step up because that’s something he already knows, but I’m also telling him to wave, because that’s what the trick is going to be called and what he’s going to be learning to do. Truman, wave. Step up. Good boy. So, you’re going to continue practicing with your bird until he can pick up his foot, pick his foot up whenever you bring your approaching finger. Truman, up. Up. Truman, up. Up. Truman, step up. Good boy.

So, finally, you’re going to receive the cue. We’re going to show your finger from further away like you’re going to get him to step up and show him the cue. Wave. Wave. Good boy. So, you’re going to pretend like you’re going to get him to step up, but because he’s used to seeing your finger approach him to step up, he’s going to step up his foot. That’s your chance to show him the wave signal instead and get him to pick up his foot. Truman, wave. Good. Truman, wave. Good job.

So, you’re going to be showing him that waving signal, which is a step up at first, but you’re going to be switching it to your other hand so that eventually you can just have him wave without having to show the finger for him to step up. That’s how you teach your parrot to wave.