Archive for November, 2017

Bird Got Your Finger?

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

Just like dogs and small children, parrots also have the potential to act out and misbehave. This behavior can be tolerated if it only happens once or twice; but if it becomes habitual then you certainly have a problem.

But, just like dogs and small children, parrots can also be trained to stop their bad behavior. In fact, there are a few common ways in which parrot trainers accomplish this:

  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Positive Punishment
  • Negative Reinforcement

Don’t let these terms scare you into thinking that training your pet parrot is going to be an impossible task! By simply having plenty of patience and knowing the right techniques, you can easily train away any bad behavior.

When using positive reinforcement and positive punishment, something of value is added to your parrot’s experience. Conversely, when using negative reinforcement and negative punishment, then something of value is actually removed from your parrot’s experience.

Using positive reinforcement should always be the number one goal of any parrot training session!

However, if your parrot is a bit wilder or is a second-hand parrot that hasn’t yet gained your trust, then there may certain circumstances where using negative reinforcement may actually be in your parrot’s best interest. For example, wilder parrots and parrots that do not trust you may freak out every time you approach their cage. Therefore your parrot is automatically
placed in a negative situation because he perceives you as ‘invading his territory’. You can easily calm your parrot down by simply walking away from his cage and going into another room for a while. Once your parrot has calmed down, then you can then slowly walk back into the room and begin to approach his cage again. But stop immediately as soon as he begins to stress out. Then simply stand there and wait a few minutes until he has regained his composure before walking back out of the room. Each day you can try to walk closer and closer to his cage until he is comfortable with you being in his territory and starts to trust you. With this training scenario you are essentially teaching your parrot that good things happen when he is in a calm state of mind.

Regardless of which training method you use, make sure that you are never harming your parrot psychologically or physically as this will be detrimental to both of you.

Bird Got Your Finger?

Handling the Biting Bird

There’s nothing more painful for a bird owner than when the bird bites. Not only does it hurt your feelings, but a bird’s beak can pack a powerful bite. Depending on what kind of bird you have, it can even break your finger and at the very least, it can rip your skin.

Biting can be boiled down into one primary category: fear and/or mistrust. We don’t want to anthropomorphize birds, so it’s important to understand that he doesn’t bite because he is angry at you or jealous. Instead, something is causing him to be fearful.

Click here to learn more about birds and fears

How to Change His Fear

Within the category of fear, there is more than one level of fear. There are different values of fear. You have to conquer each level of fear in order to gain your bird’s trust and allow him to open up to you.

According to Chet Womach, the three levels of fear, from his experience, are:

1. Your bird is fearful of you getting close to him.

2. He is afraid of being touched or pet.

3. He is afraid of making contact with you.

You can see that each category is more challenging for the bird, and it’s more challenging for you to overcome. Once you do, you’ll have a bird that not only doesn’t bite you but also enjoys and trusts you.

Click here to learn strategies for handling biting

The Power Pause

The Power Pause is a technique that can be used to help overcome the first level of your bird’s fear: having you approach him. It can help calm him down, stop any lunging or biting he may do, and make him more receptive to you.

Basically, it involves systematic approaches toward your bird in levels, so that you can gradually get closer. You stop at a point where he can still be comfortable, and then he is rewarded by you backing away. He learns that he can trust you. Additionally, the training technique utilizes a clicker to help the process go faster.

There are more strategies for tackling the other two levels of fear, once you make it through the Power Pause. It isn’t a strategy for those levels. Check out a free video demonstrating just how to use the Power Pause for your bird so you can start on the first part of your bird’s fears today.

Click here to see the free video for the Power Pause

Nathalie Roberts

Stop the Screaming!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Dear Parrot Lover,

If you are an owner of a pretty parrot then you most likely already know that those small little colorful creatures have a much bigger and louder voice. The more excited they get, the louder they become.

In fact, parrots in general screech, scream and shriek more than any other domestic pet. Your parrot’s screaming not only hurts your ears, but it can also decrease your chances of ever renting an apartment, having a roommate, or having your grandbabies come visit you as often as you’d

It is important to understand that a parrot screaming is a very natural thing; Parrot’s scream every day in the wild. But if your parrot screams non-stop at home then you need to try and curb that screaming as soon as you can.

Since wild parrots do scream and the screaming in and of itself is a very natural thing for parrots, therefore the screaming cannot be totally eliminated. Even in captivity, parrots resemble their wild friends and will be loudest during dusk and dawn as part of their flock mentality. This type and timing of screaming is perfectly fine, but any screaming that is too excessive
outside of these times must definitely be curbed.

Now when your parrot is screaming before getting upset with him, first become aware of exactly how you are interacting with your parrot at that very moment. Avoid rewarding his screaming by playing it into and giving him too much attention and yelling at him to be quiet. By screaming back at
your parrot to hush, all your parrot is learning is that if he screams, you’ll eventually scream back and a game of screaming will then ensue.

Instead, always try to ignore your parrot’s excessive screams and do not acknowledge your parrot when he is screaming. In fact it is best if you do not look or talk to him either and instead simply walk away from your parrot when he starts his screaming tantrum.

As soon as your parrot has stopped screaming immediately reward him with lots of praise and offer him a treat or his favorite toy to play with. Then slowly start to increase the time after he has stopped screaming before you offer him any praise or a treat. Eventually your parrot will stop screaming quicker, or not scream at all, just so he can receive your praise and attention.

A really great idea is to start a parrot diary and write down every time your parrot screams. Don’t forget to write down any circumstances that are occurring during the time of your parrot’s screaming. Do you have guests over? Is it dinner time? Is the TV on? Are you kids running around the house yelling? Soon enough you will see a pattern to your parrot’s screaming and will learn to identify your parrot’s triggers.

Another great tip to curbing your parrot’s screaming is to teach your parrot to talk instead!

Stop the Screaming!

Are Your Ears Still Ringing from the Screaming?

Oh my goodness! If you’ve had the pleasure of listening to a screaming parrot, then you know how ear splitting that noise can be. It’s even worse if you have to live with him day in and day out with no end in sight.

You may have heard that birds scream for attention or because there are spoiled. This can be true. Many birds do learn that screaming works to get attention from someone, so they continue to use the method. But, there are also many other reasons that birds scream such as if he’s in a territorial mood.

The best way to limit your bird’s screaming is to figure out just why he’s doing it in the first place.

Click here to read more about screaming parrots

Why is He Screaming so Much and What to do?

There are many reasons your bird screams. There are also many factors as to why he does it. The gooda plan to correct what he’s doing. For example:

  • You can use your bird’s body language cues to help curb his screaming if you know what to look for.
  • You can use bird toys strategically placed in your parrot’s cage in order to keep him stimulated and quiet.
  • If your bird screams when new people enter a room, he may be frightened. You can actually use techniques to help reverse this natural instinct.

Click here to learn more strategies for curbing your bird’s screaming

Parrot Screaming Secrets Revealed

You can now access all the secrets you need to stop your parrot’s screaming with a brand new informational program. The Parrot Screaming Secrets Revealed is a 3 disc course that includes 2 dvds and an audio cd seminar. It reveals information from a bird training expert who gets down to the nitty gritty details you always wanted to know about screaming.

You’ll discover other techniques that you can use instead of just ignoring your bird or covering his cage. You’ll find out how to best entertain him, provide him with nutrition, and also exactly what you should NOT do.

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Learn more about Parrot Screaming Secrets Revealed

Nathalie Roberts