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Re: Basics of Parrot Taming and Training - Complete Guide

Postby khellvine » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:38 am

How exactly can i achieve a strong bond with the bird then?
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Re: Basics of Parrot Taming and Training - Complete Guide

Postby Pajarita » Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:30 am

It is not through touching their bodies that you achieve a good bond with them (you are thinking dogs, cats, horses) As a matter of fact, people should never touch their birds anywhere else but on their heads, necks and cheeks. The rest of the body is a 'no touch' zone although, most of them (not all, mind you) would have no problem whatsoever with you touching them anywhere if it's bonded to you and trusts you implicitly.

You bond by spending hours and hours and hours with them in their own terms. You let them out of the cage (you don't push them to come out, you just open the door and walk back) and talk, sing, whistle, offer them a treat every now and then and, basically, just keep them company. All parrots are highly social and naturally affectionate so, before you know it, they will be approaching you for closeness and, when this happens, training them is easy. But, for training to be really effective, you need to identify a high value item to use as the reward.
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Re: Basics of Parrot Taming and Training - Complete Guide

Postby Wolf » Sat Jul 16, 2016 11:10 am

Use the method that I described to you in the PM's, where I described starting off with talking to them and offering them a treat and letting them come to you all the way through to allowing them to step up for you of their own free will.

I gave you that in response to your question about stepping up, but you should also spend many hours each day in their presence both in and out of their cage just hanging out with them so to speak. This also gives them the opportunity to get accustomed to you and to watch you and it provides additional chances for them to come to you on their own. Petting a bird should be limited to their head, neck and beaks otherwise the only thing that you are doing is getting them sexually aroused which is not what you want to do.

No one knows exactly how a parrot choose who to bond with or exactly when they begin the bonding process, but from my observations, in most cases it seems to begin when the parrot become familiar enough with you so that it is no longer afraid of you and then begins to trust you enough to start coming to you even just a little. Every thing that you do with a parrot needs to have trust as its basis because without this trust the bird will always try to avoid any interaction with you. This is something that must be given freely by the bird, it can be encouraged but it can not be forced and this is why you must allow the bird the opportunity to make its own mind up. It is one of the primary reasons for never chasing a bird about or trapping the bird to make it step up for you. If the bird does not do what it is requested to do, then you simply wait a short time and ask again.

Please take the time to look over the rest of the forum as there is a lot of very useful information to be had. Also you will find that you will probably get more responses to your questions if they are asked in the main body of the forum. We have several very knowledgeable members that watch the post just waiting for the chance to help you with your birds and to answer your questions.
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