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How To Earn Your Parrots Love

Want to completely put an end to your birds biting?

How about curing your bird of his fear & mistrust in you?

Do you strongly desire a bird who lovingly cuddles with you and steps up onto your hand WITHOUT having to chase him around the cage?

If this sounds like a dream come true, then I’d like to give you a technique to try on your bird that has worked wonders on my birds, and thousands of my clients birds for solving these exact problems.

It’s a simple training exercise that teaches you how to make your bird feel HAPPY every time he sees you.

I call it, “Putting Happy On Cue”.

I know, I know, it’s kind of a cheesy name, but I swear that if you hang with me for a few minutes I’ll prove that it is completely possible and works like a charm. In fact you will notice positive changes in your bird, maybe even DRASTIC changes in your bird’s attitude towards you TODAY… if you follow what I’m about to lay out for you.

But before I can teach you this method, I need to explain why everything you’ve tried with your parrot so far has not worked…

Why You Haven’t Been Able To Earn Your Parrot’s Love

There is a little known law when it comes to animal training that states:

“You cannot train an animal a behavior while not also simultaneously training the animal to also re-trigger the emotions it felt while it was learning the behavior”

Here’s what this means to you:

If your bird is stressed, fearful, mistrusting, or anxious while you attempt to train him or even just interact with him, guess what you are doing?

You are training your bird to FEEL stress, fear, mistrust and anxiousness every time you interact with him. Your presence is adding stress to your bird.

This is why most people NEVER get their birds to love them, because they try to do things like “Get my parrot used to me” or “Spend time with him”. While these intentions are good, the odds of them being successful are not good, because the very act of you ‘Spending Time’ with your bird is stressful to the bird. Your bird doesn’t like or trust you, so just giving it more of what it doesn’t want in the first place (YOU) is not helping.

So how can you fix this?

What if we could train your bird to do something that already makes him happy?

If you didn’t already know, there is a way to take behaviors your bird already does and “put them on cue” so he’ll do them whenever you ask, either verbally or with ‘hand gestures’.

And if we pick a behavior that your bird would only do when he “feels” happy, he’ll be rendered psychologically incapable of feeling anger, mistrust, or aggression whenever you ask him to perform that behavior… IF you train it the way I’m about to show you.

This type of training is called ‘Capturing a Behavior’.

When you capture a behavior you are not trying to bait your bird into doing a behavior, but instead wait for your bird to do a behavior on it’s own free will (while it is FEELING happy) and then rewarding that behavior with a tasty treat.

Here’s an example that better explains what I’m talking about…

How I First “Put Happy On Cue”

The first time I discovered how effective this training technique is, was when I decided to try and teach my Cockatiel to whistle the theme song to “Winnie the Pooh”.

I won’t get into all the details about teaching your parrot to talk on cue, but suffice it to say that my bird eventually learned the song and would whistle it at only one time in the day.

But here’s the interesting part…

He would only whistle it when the sun would come through the window next to his cage mid-afternoon. He would cheerfully fluff up and really put his all into whistling this song. If you’d have been able to watch him whistle this song you would without question say to yourself, “Oh my gosh, look how happy is is singing that song!”

I would just happily stare at him, wait til he was finished, tell him, “good boy” and then walk over and drop a treat in his food dish.

Pretty soon, he would start to sing this song all the time as he realized that successfully singing the song earned him a peanut.

At the time I did not yet understand what I had just trained my bird to do, I just thought it was cute that he would now whistle a song whenever I asked, but oh my, had I accidentally trained a behavior so MUCH more useful then just a silly song.

To keep on point, I won’t go into all the details about how I then put that behavior on cue so that he would whistle the song whenever I asked. Instead let me jump to one particular time I asked him to whistle, “Winnie the Pooh” while he was quite upset with me.

How I Realized Anger Can Be Turned Off Like A Switch

It was the beginning of Springtime, when birds get super hormonal and start to be extra naughty, and my Cockatiel was no exception this day. As I went in to ask Magoo to step up he lowered his head, fluffed up his ‘evil’ neck feathers and hissed at me ferociously; letting me know in no uncertain terms that I would pay for touching him with blood if I dared get one inch closer.

So instead of forcing the issue and depleting my stock of band aids I gave up on picking him up and cued him to whistle “Winnie the Pooh” so at least this little interaction with him wouldn’t be all full of hatred for my intrusion into his territory.

What happened next was astounding!

The instant I cued the behavior, my Cockatiel went from being aggressively hunched down and ready to attack, to that exact same body position he goes into when I first heard him whistle “Winnie the Pooh” in the afternoon sun shine. His cheek feathers were puffed out cheerfully, he stood up tall, beak arched up, whistling like he was the happiest bird in the world. It was the most instant and dramatic change in behavior in a bird I had ever witnessed. And the reason I’d never noticed it before is because I had only previously taught him this song while he was happy; so I never noticed how the song put him in a good mood. It was only when I asked for him to sing the song while he was in a bad mood did I realize the nearly HYPNOTIC power that this technique has on altering a birds emotional state.

The change was so drastic, and he instantly looked so happy after singing the song that I thought what the heck, “Maybe he wants to step up now?”

So I offered him my hand to step up onto and he cheerfully obliged, stepping right up like nothing was ever wrong.

That was the day I realized how powerful the training concept I taught you above is, and if you want to fix your birds fear or aggression towards you, you must first teach him a behavior that makes him incredibly happy.

The key is to first find something that makes your bird happy, so I thought I’d help you get started by first sharing 9 behaviors that birds tend to only do when they are happy. I’d suggest picking out just one of the behaviors from the list as the behavior you are going to start teaching your bird to do on cue. Make sure you pick the one that he seems the happiest doing!

Pick Which Of These Behaviors Makes Your Bird Happy

  • Stretching
  • Yawning
  • Playing with toys
  • Swinging on a swing
  • Talking
  • Chattering/Babbling
  • Whistling
  • Fluffing Up
  • Scratching it’s head

After you’ve selected the behavior that your bird does on his own free will that he is the most happy doing, then follow these guidelines:

How To Put A “Happy” Behavior On Cue

  1. Keep a bowl of your birds favorite treats near his/her cage
  2. Tell your bird “Good Bird”every time it does one of the happy behaviors you’ve selected above, and then imminently give your bird a treat from the bowl.  NOTE: If your bird won’t take a treat from your hand then don’t stress your bird out… just leave it in their bowl and back away.
  3. Keep rewarding your bird every time it does the behavior until the bird starts to “Beg” for treats by continually performing the behavior in your presence.

Once your bird is regularly begging for treats in your presence CONGRATULATIONS, you’ve just successfully trained your bird to be happy whenever it sees you! You are the cue for being happy!

Plus you’ve done something even more powerful… you’ve taught your bird that it can EARN rewards from you, and that earning rewards is fun.

Here’s What You’ll Want To Do Next…

The next thing your going to want to do is watch some videos of me performing the next steps of the ‘trust building’ training process on live birds.

And I think you’ll be excited to know that I’ve put together a whole series of training videos, using completely untrained birds that you can watch and follow along with at your own pace with your own birds.

Click Here For Training Videos That Show What To Do Next

I’m confident that if you follow those videos you’ll have tremendous breakthroughs with your bird!

Happy Training!

Chet Womach

 

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