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What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

One of the main reasons why prospective parrot owners initially wish to purchase a parrot is just because they eager to have a talking pet. While it is true that parrots can and do talk – not every species of parrot has this ability.

If you are wanting a parrot just so that you can train it to talk, select a larger parrot such as a Macaw, Amazon, Cockatoo, or African Grey. These are the top parrot species that have an innate talking ability.

However, choosing the right species of parrot does not guarantee that the parrot you choose will actually talk. Regardless of the species, you will still need to have plenty of patience and proper knowledge on how to effectively train your parrot in order for him to realize his full talking potential.

To help you with this process, here is some parrot talking advice:

1. Start by distinctly enunciating your words so that your parrot can better pick up on the unique sounds they make

2. When first teaching your parrot a word or phrase, start by first speaking it aloud – nice and clearly. Then continue teaching it by using that very same word or phrase in a complete sentence. This is done so that your parrot will become better accustomed to hearing the word or phrase being reiterated in a variety of contexts.

3. Whenever your smart parrot reiterates or repeats the word or phrase right back, immediately reward him with tons of praise and perhaps a treat of his favorite food! Do this even if he gets the word or phrase wrong – it is they trying that you are rewarding.

4. You and your parrot can participate together in a short and fun conversation. This teaching advice will help to not only improve your parrot’s talking ability, but it will also help to foster more trust, respect, and love between the two of you. Choose short conversations involving his everyday necessities such has his food, treats, or toys.

5. Soon you can turn such a conversation into a question and answer format where you are asking your parrot the question and he is supplying you with the answer using the words and phrases that have been taught to him by you.

6. Keep all talk training sessions under 30 minutes each day, and make sure that the two of you will be able to have each other’s undivided attention.

7. The most important piece of advice is to refrain from punishing or scolding your parrot in any way. Each parrot learns to talk at their own their own unique pace – do not force him or try to rush him as he will become disgruntled and your loving relationship can turn sour.

What’s the best way to get your bird talking?

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Whenever anyone thinks of a parrot, they think of a talking bird. It can be disappointing if your bird hasn’t yet gained the skill to talk with you. All members of the parrot family are naturally vocal birds who like to chatter which makes it easier to have a bird who talks. But, there are some birds who are more inclined to speak such as the African Grey and some that are less inclined such as budgies.

Ideally the best way to get a bird talking is two-fold. First, start with a very young bird. Young birds learn their vocal skills right out of the nest much like human babies start babbling very early. Second, if you want a vocal bird he needs to live in a vocal environment. That means spending time with you bird, taking with your bird, and having those sounds around him. It makes it that much easier for him to mimic.

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Learning by seeing

Maybe you’ve felt stumped about training your bird to talk, and you’ve been confronted with just articles or manuals. These can be very good resources, but they don’t always provide the whole picture. Clear and concise videos are often a better option when training any animal because it allows you to see the training in action.

The Elite Parrots Club offers just this opportunity through their bird expert known as the Bird Lady. The Bird Lady has many years of experience with birds, and she has created a wealth of videos to show you how to work with your bird both on training him to speak and also on problem solving other issues. There are also many accompanying articles to review after the videos.

Click here to learn more about the videos you’ll have access to Parrot Talk Training

What are others saying…

The Bird Lady and the Elite Parrots Club are already changing birds’ lives. Here is what some club members are saying:

“My Honduras Amazon, who is 9-years-old, has a vocabulary of at least 100 words. He has taken individual words and made his own sentences. Some of them are quite hilarious.”

“Even though my parrot talked some when we got him, he has achieved a much larger vocabulary and talks on command now.”

Click here to view to read about other member experiences of The Elite Parrots Club

Regards, Nathalie Roberts

Easy Bird Training

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Dear Parrot Lover,

When you were a child, you most likely visited the circus at least once and saw the amazing feats of well-trained parrots performing tricks such as playing miniature basketball and riding around on roller-skates.

Now that you are an adult, the idea of having such an amazing pet has led you to purchase or adopt a parrot of your very own. However, more than likely, you may have underestimated the whole ‘training a parrot is easy’ thing.

Indeed, training a parrot to do tricks is just as hard as it is to train a parrot to be well behaved. But you cannot have one without the other. Teaching your parrot proper social cues and behavior first will go a long way in training your parrot to do tricks.

Here is a short and simple list of four of the best parrot training tips:

1. First, the more relaxed and happy a parrot is, the easier it is to train him. So make sure that you leave all your anxiety and stress from work AT work and do not bring it home with you. Parrots are extremely perceptible to the energies of their owners and other people who are around them.

A happy and confident parrot will always remain well behaved and will remember his training cues. However, you will need to first be happy, calm, and confident yourself before you can expect your parrot to be as well. Since parrots easily notice our energies and emotions, make sure you check them at the door before interacting with your parrot on any level. Do be aware that if you are a naturally hyperactive person, you may have a slightly harder time training your parrot.

Do speak in a voice that is soothingly gentle, as this will aid greatly in helping your parrot stay just as calm and attentive to you. You should be just as calm whenever you feel the need to reprimand your parrot. Never raise your voice or yell at your parrot, as he will just believe that you are trying to engage him in an elaborate and exciting new game, and will play along with you by screaming as well.

2. The intelligence and emotions of the larger parrots are equivalent to those of a two to three year old child. Try to remember this whenever you are handling your parrot and never throw things at your parrot or his cage, do not withhold food or water as a form of punishment or training tactic, never smack him on the beak or head as these are considered animal abuse and can lead to serious physical and emotional damage in your parrot.

3. Try to take into account that all parrots are extremely fragile and dainty animals and can easily be harmed even when the intention is not actually there. Be sure to take all of the necessary precautions to make sure that your parrot is as a safe as possible in your home. Keep your parrot’s nails filed down so that they do not snag on items or scratch you when training the ‘Step Up’ command. Keep his wings clipped as well so that he cannot fly away when you are trying to train him.

4. The very first command you should attempt to teach your parrot is the ‘Step Up’ command. Start by pushing your finger gently against your parrot’s breast, while saying ‘step up’. This action will cause your parrot to lose balance slight and he will need to step up on to your finger in order to maintain his balance. Continue doing this all the while repeating the ‘step up’ command – effectively creating a ladder with your fingers for your parrot to climb.

This is a wonderful command to practice each day, even after your parrot has mastered this cue.

Training your bird is fun!

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Training birds can be a challenge, but it can also be fun. After all, parrots are exceptionally smart and curious which can be ideal traits for learning. When embarking on any training program with your bird you want to keep some key tips in mind.

First, learn to read your bird. He’s not always going to be in the mood for training, so if you can determine when he seems the brightest and most eager to learn, you’ll have more success. Additionally, learn to pick up on his cues of stress and base your training progress on him. Trying to push him too quickly may cause both frustration and stress and create a bird who doesn’t want to learn.

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Where to start with your bird

Your first training steps should be towards creating a bird that is comfortable with being handled and worked with. That means training on handling exercises and teaching him how to step up onto perches or onto your hand. Be careful about ever teaching him to step up onto your shoulder as later on you may risk injury. It’s often suggested you not allow a bird, especially a large one, to sit on your shoulder.

Handling exercises should also include getting him used to having a lightweight and light colored towel wrapped around him. You should ask your veterinarian to show you how at first to make sure it’s correct, but this is important in case you need to medicate your bird or inspect him due to injury.

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Expert training knowledge for perfect training at home

In our internet connected world it’s possible to be connected to a bird training professional from the comforts of your home. The very same person that helped train world famous magician David Copperfield’s birds is the same person that can help you train your bird.

With expert easy-to-follow training videos, articles, and support you’ll feel like the professionals behind Bird Tricks are right there with you!

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Nathalie Roberts