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    Teaching Your Bird Tricks

    ArticleBird AdviceWednesday 19 September 2012
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    Here's some fun advice:

    Everyone wants a bird that can do tricks – so do you want some advice to teach your bird?

    For all of these tricks, the best way to teach them to your bird is to find one training area and to create a positive atmosphere. Have some treats at the ready!

     

    Step-up

    The step up command is common when teaching a bird tricks, however it is a great way to lead your bird to learning other tricks.

    To do this trick all you will need is your hand and your bird.

    • Raise your hand out in front of the bird and using your index finger, push it against the bird’s chest.
    • Then calmly, command the bird to ‘step-up’.
    • Repeating this regularly will help the bird to learn more quickly. Once the bird has completed the trick, give him a treat as a reward.

    Waving

    Now that the step-up trick has been learnt by your bird, another easy but yet impressive trick is waving hello or goodbye.

    For this trick, it is best if your bird has a good place to perch. Use both a physical and verbal instruction. Here you can use the step-up command to help you.

    • Firstly, think of a command you would like to use. If you wish to use ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ then changing your tone of voice is important as these words are probably already known by your bird from you.
    • Say the word you have chosen and extent your finger to the bird. Now the bird knows the step-up trick he will raise his foot ready to climb up.
    • However move your hand back so the bird cannot step-up and give him a treat.
    • The lifting of the bird’s foot is the trick completed. Soon they will associate this with the command you have given.

    Talking

    A classic way to impress is to train your bird to talk. Only some bird species have the ability to talk so be aware that this may not be possible for your bird.

    • The best way to start is to use words that you regularly use when talking to your bird and simple words, such as, ‘hello’ or ‘bye-bye’.
    • Be enthusiastic and positive when saying these words to your bird, and make sure he is interested.
    • Aim to repeat this everyday, rewarding your friend with a treat when they repeat the word back to you.

    Playing dead

    This is fun, however is a little harder than the other tricks.

    • You need to make your bird lie on his back first of all in a relaxed manner, maybe when he is perched on your hand. This will help your bird to learn.
    • Once he is comfortable with lying on his back, you will want to change the motion to a flip whilst supporting his feet to ensure he still feels safe.
    • Once he is then comfortable with this action you can remove the support from his feet and use the command you would like to accompany this action. Remember the treats!

     

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