No matter what kind of pet you have, training it can help your relationship with the animal over the long run in great ways. Training a bird can be a somewhat difficult task, but if you do it right and do it smart, you can have an incredibly interactive and well behaved pet that instantly becomes an outstanding companion for anyone.
While some birds are certainly easier to train than others, the process can be accomplished with any species as long as the right discipline is used. If you have just gotten a bird and are wanting to train it, here are some helpful tips and tricks to doing it the smart way.
Follow your hand and commands
One of the best ways you can train your bird is to get them to follow your hand commands.
While voice commands can be effective when training the bird, the more successful method is to properly use effective hand motions that the bird can follow with its head and body.
The commands can typically start out as simple ones such as up, down, left, and right, and move to more advanced ones such as "stepping up" which consists of the bird stepping out of the cage and on to your hand. You should also be sure to train the bird that hand rearing is okay.
Simply put, this is making sure the bird is comfortable being held in someone's hand.
Repetition and mimicking
With certain bird species, such as parrots and their subspecies, you can actually successfully teach them languages and other human art forms. Through repetition and constantly hearing phrases from the same voice, your bird can successfully begin to mimic your voice, with the male birds typically having a higher success rate than their female counterparts.
"Polly want a cracker?" seems to be the go to phrase when teaching birds how to mimic your voice. While you do not have to teach them this exact phrase, the process is going to be the same no matter what you are attempting to get them to learn.
As stated before, the bird should be hearing the desired phrase from the same voice and in the same inflection and tone if possible. So if it is stern, keep it that way, and if you are excited, continue that enthusiasm each session.
Make eye contact with the bird and keep them in front of you while using the same facial expressions so the bird can become accustomed to the movements to look for. This process can take anywhere from days to months, but with the right persistence and determination, it can be accomplished.
So if you have invested in a bird, use some of these tips to train them the smart way, and you will have a talkative companion before you know it.