Parrot Trick Training

Welcome to the realm of teaching parrot tricks.

If you are new to parrot keeping, you may be just getting to know your bird. You will be aware of your child’s mischievous nature and how naturally tricksy they may be without the need for any trick training.

The Quickest Way To Train Parrots

Parrots are clever creatures. According to several research, some kinds of parrots have IQ levels similar to a four-year-old kid! However, it is clear that humans have no understanding how to harness a parrot’s capacity to learn. So I thought I’d share how I’ve used dog training approaches to encourage parrots to react to instruction more faster than conventional ways.

“Shaping” is the term for this method. Shaping is a way of teaching parrots to think. It does not use food to entice them or penalise parrots for misbehaving. Instead, it operates on this principle…

“Parrots will continue to perform actions that provide them joy with increasing frequency – until the activity no longer gives them pleasure.”

I don’t simply thrust my hand in front of one of my parrots and force them off their perch while I’m teaching them to step up onto my hand. After all, the parrot may be reluctant to take the initiative. The parrot might be drowsy, agitated, or refuse to be removed from his meal dish for a variety of reasons.

Instead, I prefer to praise parrots who come to me on their own own. I like to educate the parrot to associate coming to me with joy. This is what I mean…

Assume our parrot is happily playing on the top of his cage, and you want him to learn to step up onto your hand. Place your hand approximately 12-24 inches away from your parrot and see what he does. Does he take another step back? If this is the case, you should also back up until you’re far enough away that your parrot is demonstrating calm body language.

Then start looking for little motions your parrot makes towards your hand. Parrots normally do nothing at first. However, be patient and start small. See whether your parrot is looking at your hand. When he does, say “good” and reward him with his favourite goodie.

Parrots will quickly figure out that all they have to do to obtain a reward is stare at your hand. When your parrot reaches this level, expect more from him in exchange for a reward. Make your parrot approach your hand… Even if it is a modest step, call him “excellent” and praise him once again.

Continue to demand that your parrot come closer and closer to your hand before offering him food until he is literally walking on your hand. However, be cautious since parrots do not always trust you. So, if your parrot walks on your hand for the first time, don’t believe the training is over. If you lure a parrot onto your palm and then quickly lift them up, they will feel deceived.

Instead, let your parrot to walk on your hand without pulling him up, and gradually focus on rewarding your parrot for allowing you to take him up one inch of ground, then two, three, four, and so on. He’ll rush up to you every time you go over to his cage, hoping to step up onto your hand and collect his reward.

This method of training parrots encourages them to solve problems. It trains them to figure out what you want them to perform and makes subsequent training of other actions much simpler.

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