The Do’s and Don’ts of Parrot Training!

Training our pet birds is essential for a variety of reasons. Training allows us to speak in the same language as our parrots, in turn making living together much easier and fulfilling. Training also allows for the voluntary participation in husbandry and veterinary care, as well as exercise and mental stimulation. Here are some ofContinue reading “The Do’s and Don’ts of Parrot Training!”

Step Up Training – Basic Skills!

When we think of parrot training, our thoughts often turn to tricks, targeting, advanced techniques and flight recall. However, one of the most fundamental and ill maintained parts of parrot training is a consistent step up. So why is it so often ill maintained? Why is it so important? Often, when we first get aContinue reading “Step Up Training – Basic Skills!”

Parrot Training Pace and Results!

Something we often see crop up when it comes to working with and training our parrots is the expectation and drive for quick results. It’s something we as humans can be guilty of and every parrot trainer out there has had moments where they wanted or expected training or bonding to go quickly. Given theContinue reading “Parrot Training Pace and Results!”

Consent and It’s Importance In Parrot Training!

Consent has been a bit of a buzz word in the world of us humans for a while. It has been applied to human interactions, working with children, and more recently with other animal species such as dogs. It comes as no surprise that consent is also very important when we are working closely withContinue reading “Consent and It’s Importance In Parrot Training!”

Is it okay to let your parrot sit on your head?

There is a longstanding myth that parrots should not be allowed on our shoulders or heads; and that allowing them on our heads is detrimental to our relationship with our feathered companions. This stems from the belief in a concept called ‘Height Dominance’. Height dominance relates to the idea that a parrot is seeking toContinue reading “Is it okay to let your parrot sit on your head?”

Parrot Training Treats: Types and Sizes

When choosing treats to use as positive reinforcement for our birds, we need to take into consideration two things: the type and the size. There are a whole multitude of training treats to offer our birds, but we need to make sure that what we give is actually desirable to them. Otherwise, if they don’tContinue reading “Parrot Training Treats: Types and Sizes”

Passive Bonding: The Overlooked Parrot Bonding Technique

When we bring a parrot home for the first time, it can often be exceptionally exciting. We are all so eager to interact with them and welcome them into our home and family. It’s no surprise that we often end up wanting to directly interact with our new feathered friends by getting them out ofContinue reading “Passive Bonding: The Overlooked Parrot Bonding Technique”

The Importance of Target Training!

When people talk about parrot training, their thoughts immediately turn to free flight, talking or elaborate tricks. While these things are definitely part of parrot training and can all be enriching for our parrots, they all have the same things in common: they took lots of background work, time, patience and effort before they couldContinue reading “The Importance of Target Training!”