Training Your Way to a Better Bird
Dear Parrot Lover,
There are undoubtedly a large number of domestic parrots that frequently mistake their owners’ fingers and hands as a chew toy. Perhaps you are one such lucky owner?
If so, have you ever wondered why your parrot is biting you and, better yet, how to get him to actually stop biting you forever?
Firstly, it is important to understand that parrots bite for a variety of reasons and that it will take a little of sleuthing on your part in order to narrow the real reason down. Secondly, some parrot owners immediately stop trusting their parrots once they have been bitten. While the bite was obviously painful, this act should never be taken too personally, nor should it be taken out on the parrot itself.
Reducing the amount of time you spend with your parrot, just because you are afraid of being bitten is a pretty poor excuse. Your poor parrot will become shy and very territorial which may lead him to bite again.
Instead, prevent the bite from happening in the first place by understanding your parrot and teaching him the No Bite way.
Learn to interpret your parrot’s particular body language because this will provide you subtle clues as to your parrot’s current temperament and whether or not a bite may be imminent. Such clues include fluffed out feathers (to make your parrot appear bigger than he really is) and pinning of the eyes. These are pretty serious signs and should never be ignored.
As soon as you have mastered these clues, you will be able to not only better understand your parrot’s unique behavior, but identifying his bite-triggering factors will become second nature to you whenever you are around your parrot.
However, it is also a good idea to understand a few of the reasons that parrots bite:
- Reaching Adolescence
- Molting Feathers
- Protecting their cage/toys/favorite person
Whenever your parrot tries to bite you, you should firmly but calmly state ‘No Bite’. If your parrot is sitting on your finger at the time you can gently wobble your finger as you say it. Do not shake your finger so hard that your parrot falls off! You can also give your parrot a timeout by placing him back inside his cage and repeating the ‘No Bite’ command again. Although this may seem like a daunting process, your parrot should be able to understand this command quickly.
Together with understand his body language and stating the ‘No Bite’ command, you should never again be bitten by your parrot!
Training Your Way to a Better Bird
Reading Between the Lines…
I happened upon one of those free on-line classified listings, and I noticed that there were quite a few birds up for adoption. Unfortunately, you can see that behavioral issues often top the list of reasons for rehoming a bird:
- Bird is a one person bird (AKA He’s mean to anyone else that comes near you or him!)
- He needs more attention (AKA He’s screams really loudly all the time for attention!)
- Looking for a home with someone home more often/I work too much (AKA The bird has separation issues and pulls out his feathers when stressed!)
You have to learn to read between the lines to see what someone really means when they are placing their bird into a new home, but the truth of the matter is that birds often lose their homes because of behavioral issues that someone just doesn’t know how to fix.
Training is the Answer
One of the most common reasons that a bird might be rehomed is simply because the bird never received the training he needed. Most behavioral issues could be prevented with proper training. Training can also help with an established problem as you work on teaching the bird a new way to behave.
The beauty of training is that you don’t have to just focus on the problem areas. Teaching your bird new and fun tricks is just another way to bridge the gap. The bird may learn how to put a ring on a peg, for example, but it’s a trust and relationship builder between the two of you. The fun stuff can go right alongside the changing bad behavior stuff.
Professional Insight Can Make All the Difference
So that you don’t fall into the trap of having a poorly behaved bird, you want to turn to expert training resources. Bird Tricks is one such expert source has been successfully used by tons of bird owners.
Their program is full of resources, including videos, that help you to better understand your bird while also teaching him fun tricks. It will totally change the relationship you have with your bird!