More than Just a Hello
Dear Parrot Lover,
If you have ever been told that your parrot won’t talk, you’ve probably felt disappointed and sad. Most likely you may have even wondered whether purchasing your pet bird was such a good idea after all. Well, no matter the age of your parrot, and no matter what species your parrot is, you can teach him or her to talk! However, it is a good idea to learn the best way to train your parrot to talk first.
The most important thing to understand is that you must have plenty of patience with your parrot. Parrots are pretty smart creatures with the capability of learning on a level of a human toddler. This means that not only can they learn to talk, but they can also have the tantrums that a human toddler is sometimes prone to having. Therefore, having lots of patience with your parrot is a good way to start any training session. And no matter how stubborn your parrot is at first, give them plenty of time and they will eventually warm up to the idea of having a training session with you.
The training sessions that you implement with your parrot must always be kept short, sweet and to the point. Usually a session should last no more than 20 to 30 minutes at a time. If you find that your parrot has lost interest in the session, then it is time to quit and allow your parrot some playtime. Never push your parrot into learning or doing something if he or she is not ready for it. Allow the training sessions to progress at your parrot’s pace, not yours!
Start the training session with teaching your parrot to say only one or two words. As the training sessions progress, you can then include more words and eventually you’ll be able to teach your parrot to repeat whole phrases. Remember to always pronounce the words as clearly as possible to help your parrot to more easily understand them.
Teach your parrot to talk about their toys or favorite foods. This will help reinforce the words and their meanings. For example, if your parrot likes to eat bananas, and then every time you give him or her a banana always be sure to repeat the word as you give it to them. This will help your parrot to make the association between the treat and the word itself. Pretty soon your parrot will be able to ask for a banana by name!
More than Just a Hello
Teaching Your Bird to Talk
Many of us know the quote made famous by the movie Jerry McQuire…”You had me at hello.” Well, when it comes to birds, many of us are also captivated by birds when we first hear them chirp out hello at us. But over time, we’d all like to hear more than just that first hello!
What Can Your Bird Learn?
Your bird can likely learn a lot more than you even realize. Recently I’ve watched several very talented parrots appear on a popular televised talent show. These birds said a variety of words, imitated animal sounds, laughed, sang, and more. They aren’t the exception! It actually boils down to a few key factors:
How much time do you spend with your bird working with it?
How are you training your bird?
What kind of bird do you have?
Some bird breeds are more talkative than other birds, and individual personality is also a factor.
The Best Training Method for Teaching a Bird to Talk
Birds are eager learners, but you have got to know the right way to communicate with your bird for success. Just playing the television or radio for your bird isn’t enough, and in fact, it might be counter-productive for some birds. Instead, you need to know how to tell what will work best for your individual bird.
Some birds do well with certain recordings. Other birds learn well by mimicking another bird that has already learned words. It helps to know how much training time is too much as well as learn to pick up on your bird’s own cues for what words he is likely to resist repeating.
Once you have the knowledge, you can really take your bird to the highest ends of the parrot speaking world!