By Rebecca K. O'Connor
You learned ways to resetting your relationship with your bird in the January 2010 issue of BIRD TALK Magazine. Now learn ways to use treats to teach parrots.
A treat reward can be a bird incentive for a parrot to learn a behavior cue.
Training with food is not about starving your bird. It’s about saving your bird’s favorite things to eat for when you are interacting with it. A good way to figure out its favorites is to pull its food bowl at night when it’s time to turn out the lights. Then, first thing in the morning when you feed your bird, put every parrot food you can think of in its bowl. The first couple of things your bird eats out of the bowl are likely its favorites. These are what you should use for treats during training.
3 Great Things to Train
Training builds your confidence as well as your bird’s, and there are a few things you can train that will be helpful if aggression ever starts to be a problem again.
Stationing – Training your bird to station, or to sit in a designated spot, will keep it from getting on the floor and chasing after your feet.
Target Training – A parrot that follow a target can be lead anywhere without being picked up.
Stick Training – If your parrot is trained to step up on a wooded dowel, you can confidently move your bird even when you think it might be about to bite.