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    How to train a Cockatiel

    ArticleParrot AdviceWednesday 23 February 2011
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    Cockatiels, of the parrot family, make great pets, with their musical voices and sunny natures. However they do require training or they can get out of hand.

     As long as a cockatiel’s basic needs are met it is unlikely to develop significant behavioural problems. Cockatiels need fairly large cages so they have lots of space. The cage should be positioned off the floor, preferably in the lounge or kitchen – any room occupied by people during the day, giving social interaction.

     Cockatiels can often bite. To stop this, when a cockatiel looks as though it is about to bite, give your bird a stern look and say “no” in a calm but stern tone.

     Don’t forget to use positive reinforcement – giving treats and verbally praising your bird when it displays good behaviour.

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