Parrot training is also owner training in a way, as training your parrot teaches YOU quite a few things at the same time! For one thing, training a parrot means you’ll have to improve your teaching skills (my day job is teaching children part-time and that takes quite a bit of practice too!), and work on your patience. It is normal for a bird not to understand what we want to teach him instantly, but training parrots should first and foremost remain a game.
1. Find the right reward.
2. Respect the moments when your bird is not interested by a training session.
3. Choose a place where the bird feels at ease and secure, a place he knows and likes.
4. Always reward every action when you want to teach him a new behavior in order to encourage him.
5. Observe the motivation of your parrot and end the training session before the bird gets restless or bored.
6. Training should be a game for your pet, therefore there shouldn’t be any sort of punishment when he gets things wrong.
7. Keeping your patience can be tough, but it is necessary to adapt to the learning rhythm of your bird and not to go too quickly, otherwise he may become confused.
8. Always make sure that the behavior or trick you teach him has been 100% learned (i.e. he gets it right 100% of the time) before moving on to something new.
9. Be in a good mood throughout the session, because your bird can feel your emotions. He will learn better if this is an agreeable experience for you!
10. End all training sessions on a very positive note. This way your parrot will be left with a good memory and he’ll be willing to practice again for the next session.
As a last recommendation, a sound human relationship is based on trust and mutual respect. When it comes to creating a relationship with your pet, these principles hold true.
Parrots need to feel safe in your company, and it is your job to win your bird’s trust, and do everything in your power not to lose it.
Animals do not behave as humans do, and we must not interpret their behavior using our human frame of reference, but rather keep in mind their specificity. This will help us not to mistake what is normal behavior for parrots from bad or problematic behavior.