Cockatiel Training 101 | Training Cockatiels to Spin

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MY BIRDS (Oldest to Youngest) 🐦❤
BONDI 💗 Galah | hatched 2005
CRESSI 💗 Congo African Grey | hatched 2007
BANDIT 💙 Galah | hatched 2008-2019 💔
JINX 💙 Blue Throat Macaw | hatched 2008
COMET 💙 Yellow-Dominant Camelot Macaw | hatched 2008
TUSA 💙 Blue-Green Dominant Camelot Macaw | hatched 2008
ROCKO 💙 Toco Toucan | hatched 2011
LILY & PHOEBE & DETKA 💗 Sun Conures | hatched 2011
BLUEBERRY 💗 Budgie | hatched June 2019

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Maria rosalba jaco lpez Jaco lopez says:

My keeps falling

A Cockatiel's Diary says:

I have to stick up for cockatiels here. When she stands still on the perch while someone waves their hand around her, she's saying, "I'm not a trained monkey!"

nonrepublicrat says:

Amusing to hear Dave say cockatiels are not intelligent, as if he were more intelligent. Just look at this dude and his ridiculous hair, to see what truly stupid looks like.

Lori Toler says:

What do you do with any kind of small bird like this that’s terrified of the training stick? We have 2 conures and a cockatiel and they’re all so afraid of the stick they run from it so fast lol

Sharon says:

This is really helpful. I've never understood clicker training.

Sharon says:

"She" looks like a young male.


What is the clicker for if given treats?

Flock Family says:

Soo I’m I tried to teach my cockatiel this my budgie ended up learning it instead 😂😂😂I wasn’t even trying to teach her XD

Khae Lith says:

My cockatiel is very training resistant. But also having issues with him being hormonally trigger by… pretty much anything. D:

Mrpunchyface says:

I have a cockatiel and I think dave gives them too much credit. Mine has 1 brain cell and he never uses it.

SaccharinSweet123 says:

Watching this, I have realized I've trained my cockatiel one thing: recognize me as a safety perch/constant scritch machine who she flies to when uncomfortable. I need to work with her, clearly.

But my partner and I will be putting a deposit on a baby Harlequin once we are settled in a house. Definitely going to add the baby bird training into the budget…along with the fortress of an outdoor aviary that I find necessary.

Cameron Prum says:

How old is this bird🙂

E1N says:

Why only 575 likes? Come on world! Give some love before the world goes completly to shits <3

Gustavo Barros says:

Muito bom ☺️

Sarah Knight says:

Ugh cockatiels are too smart for their tiny little bodies! My boy has been with my for 5 days and has learned (though still inconsistently unless actively in a training session) target, kisses, and step up. It’s insane how quickly they learn. I know, relative to bigger parrots, they’re dummies, but they are still parrots and wildly more intelligent than the majority of species on earth!

Selene says:

I cannot even approach mine. Hissing and fly away is all I get

Drawingsbyyuli says:

Finally a tiel video 😭💜 we need more cockatiel videos

Kimberley Kemmer says:

Hey you guys, I really would love to see you take in a project cockatiel! I would like to add a cockatiel to my flock and your channel is certainly lacking in them! I am sure since these little guys are so obtainable and are looked at as somewhat of a "throwaway bird" I can only imagine they clog up rescues and folks could use some tips on how to approach these guys as pets.

And surely, cockatiels can use a redemption arc after Dave's IQ claims!!

Cora WalksWithDogs says:

I also love the way you guys work with people, it’s what I feel like I sound like with people and dogs🤣

Cora WalksWithDogs says:

I lost my male ‘tiel last month, this helps motivate me to get back to working with my female 💜

Luna Wolfheart says:

I taught my male to do basic things like spin and shake. The spin was mostly because he likes to put his tail in my face when I'm eating so I'll tell him to spin using my thinger and he dose that.

Trevor B says:

Is no one going to talk about how they're just putting these beautiful cockatiels inside these tiny little travel pouches? How shitty. Yay you did your song and dance with spins now go sit in this space you can barely flap your wings.. tricks are cool and everything but you treating your bird better is more important imo.

Carol Ewing says:

Love seeing the cockatiel and conure content lately! We have one of each. They're both quite smart and receptive to training. I would say of our two the conure catches on quicker. Our cockatiel is 2 and spins, waves, head shakes, big wings, goes through a hand tunnel and recalls fairly reliably. Maybe she has 3 brains cells as well? 😆

Rach says:

So excited for a cockatiel video! Thank you for sharing!!!

Shay Larsen says:

Yessss, a cockatiel video! I have a cockatiel that I rescued that is extremely cage bound and I've been slowly training him that it's ok to come out of the cage. These videos are very helpful, so thank you!

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