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    Training Cockatiels Not to Bite

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    One of the first major tasks that any cockatiel owner needs to accomplish is to stop the bird biting. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    This form of aggressive behaviour needs to be curtailed at an early age or it may become a serious issue over time. Although training a cockatiel not to bite can be a long and arduous process, it's extremely important to tackle the problem head on at the first available opportunity.

    Learn more about training cockatiel birds in the guide below.

    Cockatiel Birds - How to Curb Biting

    Biting can often be a cry for attention or dominance - a sign that the bird is not getting its way in relation to food, exercise or space. Therefore, before you consider any training techniques, it's essential to consider whether any of these factors are the probable cause of the behaviour.

    Check your cockatiel feeding programme and reassess the condition of the aviary. Other factors can include stress, boredom or a desire to breed. If nothing seems amiss, this may be a sign that the bird needs a little expert training.

    The most important aspect of the training process is exerting dominance and control over the bird. Remember, the bird is biting as a means of controlling your relationship in his favour.

    Therefore, even if a cockatiel bite hurts as you release the bird from the cage, it's essential not to show signs of pain or distress. Stay passive to the situation to send a message to the bird that this behaviour will not prove advantageous.

    Over time, introduce some basic commands if the bird begins to exhibit signs of biting - only by taking a step-by-step process to the issue can you tackle the problem of cockatiel biting behaviour.

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