Dear Parrot Lover,
Is your parrot one of those birds who just loves to peck at everything that his beak can reach? Do those pecks sometimes result in broken skin and bleeding fingertips?
Before giving up on your parrot entirely, you should first consider ‘No Bite’ parrot training.
Even if your parrot has bitten you several times before, do not lose faith! As soon as you, you will unknowingly start to distrust your parrot and spend less and less time with him or her. Your parrot, on the other hand, will immediately notice your distrust and mistake it as fear and will want to defend themselves from you more often. This is a terrible cycle to be in and it is therefore quite important that you do not allow things to escalate to this point.
The first step to take in training your parrot not to bite is to understand your parrot’s specific body language. There are certain clues that you can look out for to avoid being bitten ever again by your parrot. Such clues include, pinning or narrowing of the pupils, and fluffing out of their feathers. This shows excitability and if not controlled may lead to a nip or two.
If your parrot does not attempt to bite you, immediately repeat the words ‘No Bite’ in a firm voice. Do not shout the words nor scream the words to your parrot. This will only make him or her more fearful of you and more prone to bite. Say the words in a calm but firm voice. Your parrot will soon learn to associate his actions with those words.
If your parrot succeeds in biting your finger, you should gently push with your finger into your parrots mouth. This gentle backwards gesture will cause your parrot to lose their balance and they will let go of your finger. Never try to pull your finger out of your parrot’s beak as they will only clamp down harder and it will result in you losing a lot of skin and blood.
You will also need to understand that there are a few reasons why parrots bite. The most common reasons being fear and frustration. Other reasons include your parrot reaching their adolescent years, feather molting, protecting their cage or toys or favorite person and even jealousy of another person or family member.
Learning to recognize the clue’s that your parrot exhibits before a bite, coupled with the firm words ‘No Bite’, can go a long way in training your parrot not to bite every again.
Parrot Training 101
Is Your Parrot a Naughty Bird?
I’ve known a few parrots that exhibited some naughty behavior that you probably wouldn’t like to see.
A beautiful large parrot lives in a nearby nature center with visitors. It is well known that he has bitten every single animal caretaker once. They view it as an initiation to working there, and he enjoys tricking them! Additionally, he screams loudly!!! for attention or to startle young visitors when they are near.
A lovely African Grey was very attached to her male owner. When he was absent from her, no one else, including his wife!!!, could care for her. She was not friendly whatsoever to the wife.
Do You Want to Learn How to Train Your Parrot?
The good news is that your bird doesn’t have to be just a naughty bird with bad behaviors. He doesn’t have to scream at you or bite you. He doesn’t have to throw seeds, poop everywhere, and yank out feathers. There are better ways!
Any parrot can be trained into better behavior, and you don’t have to do anything mean or bad in return to him. Instead, learning to train your parrot is all about you knowing the best way to interact with him.
Teach Fun Stuff too!
It’s not just about undoing bad behaviors either. You can also teach your parrot a lot of neat and fun stuff to impress your friends and family with. Teach him how to wave, pick objects up and move them, or develop a large vocabulary. Additionally, all these fun tricks are ways to increase a healthy relationship between your and your bird!