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Bird Training

Bird Training Tips to Improve Your
Parrots Behavior

There are a few basic tools that every bird owner needs to have in their bird owning tool kit. Some of the basics are obvious. You need a good bird food. You need a cage large enough to accommodate your bird or birds comfortably.

You need toys to keep them occupied and entertained and you need a bit of time each day to interact with them.  However there’s one more tool in your bird ownership tool kit that you cannot do without.

Forgetting this singularly important tool and you and your bird may spend most of your lives together completely miserable. Certainly not what you intended right?

So what is this important tool and what makes it so important?

Bird Training

 

 

 

 

 

See How Chet Used Bird Training With His Senegal Parrot


Yes you read that correctly. Bird training is just as important as healthy food, a roomy cage and toys and activity for your bird. It doesn’t matter what species you have. You could have a pretty little parakeet or a large Macaw, a perky lovebird or a glamorous Cockatoo – each and every bird needs bird training and here's why.

Bird training establishes and reinforces trust – Birds are flighty creatures by nature. In the wild, when they’re facing danger, they fly away. It’s how they survive. Your bird, regardless of how long you’ve owned it, is still going to have this flight tendency.

If they cannot fly away when there is danger then a whole host of behaviors can surface. They’re completely natural behaviors however they may be unpleasant for you. For example, if your bird cannot fly away, they may scream when they’re afraid or stressed out

They may bite and they may even attack. Birds can do quite a bit of damage when they’re frightened.  If bird is biting already check out our section on parrot biting.  It doesn’t have to be anything serious either. A bright red sweater, a new person or something as innocent as a puppy playing in the yard outside your bird’s window can scare your bird.

If you’ve spent focused time training your bird then they will acquire many skills, one of them is the ability to adapt to new situations and to trust you. Bird training requires patience from the owner, a clear and consistent routine and positive reinforcement. When your bird starts to see a pattern of behavior and reward, they will begin to relax. They will trust.

Bird training eliminates boredom. A bored bird is a destructive bird. And it can actually make them sick. Too many birds decide to pull their feathers out to relieve boredom – to feel something, anything. Bird training engages your bird’s thinking skills, it activates their problem solving skills, and they become involved.

Bird training makes sure your bird knows who is boss. Often, particularly when birds are going through the sexual maturity process, they start to think that they run the show. They’re the boss and it’s easy to let them be the boss.

They scream, you let them out of their cage. They bite, you put them back in. However it can quickly get out of hand. It can even get to the point where your bird is pushing you and your family members around. Is it the bird’s fault? Absolutely not.

Bird training is a very effective and positive tool to teach your bird that you’re the boss. You create the rules, you establish the reward and you follow through. When your bird performs a desired behavior they receive a reward from you.

Bird training eliminates bad behavior. Even if you have the sweetest bird on the planet, it’s a very wise idea to train your bird. The proper commands taught with positive reinforcement training techniques will ensure both that your bird feels comfortable and safe in your home.

It will establish a structure and rules for your bird to follow. Ultimately the end result is a bird who doesn’t misbehave. If you’re dealing with a bird that already has behavior problems, then by all means begin a bird training program today!  You’ll be amazed with the results. Here's an article on how to pick a good bird training program.
 

Bird Training