Teaching Tricks to Your Witty Parrot
One of the many pleasures of owning a parrot is teaching the parrot tricks. As any parrot owner or admirer knows, a parrot is highly intelligent, thinks somewhat like a child, and is capable of a cause-and-effect manner. One of the great joys in teaching a parrot tricks is that it learns, and once you have taught the parrot a few tricks, you can continue, increasing his abilities to speak, mimic, and perform.
You will probably witness your pet learning a few tricks on their own; however, it will be necessary for you to teach this bird. Before you begin to teach your parrot tricks, however, there are a few conditions that must be met. To begin, you must have a parrot that you can hold and caress, without this ability it will be useless to try to teach your pet. Once you have tamed this bird and taught it to obey, you will be able to begin trick training. You should never begin trick training unless all the parrots needs have been met, and the both of you are in a mood to train. This means a full belly, the bird isn’t anxious or tired, and the environment feels safe for the parrot. You should be training in a safe, well-lit room.
Begin with the simple trick “step up”. This is one that is very easy to perform and you should be able to teach your parrot in an afternoon. While this animal is standing on his perch, rub your pointer finger across his lower abdomen and command him to “step up”, do this a few times until they grasps the meaning and steps onto your finger. Continue to do this until this bird is well accustomed to the trick.
Turn around should be the next trick that you teach your parrot. This is one of the many parrot tricks that will be easily taught and this bird should be able to learn within a day. Set your animal on its perch and with a treat hold it at eye level in front of the parrot, making the command, “turn around”. When the parrot reaches out for the treat, gently guide the treat behind the parrots back so that he follows your hand. Once he turns around for the treat behind him, continue to bring the treat back around, to your starting position. Once back at the starting position, give the parrot the treat.
You should always use a calm voice when training this creature, and always use the same command for the same trick. Also, if you have a parrot with mild to moderate behavior problems trick training can be used to help calm the bird.
These animals are great mimickers and performers as well. It is possible to purchase a baby toy piano and teach to play. With your pet is on the ground next to the piano, practice hitting the keys. Allow you’re bird to practice with you. You may even like to put a treat on the key to allow your bird to know that they can touch the key. Do this continually until the bird shows interest in the piano and playing it. Allow the piano to be one of the parrot’s toys.
The parrot is highly intelligent and should be provided with training each day. Aside from having a bird that will entertain you, you will have a bird that is well-balanced and mentally stable. This is important, as the bird needs to stimulate himself in his environment to be healthy and sound.