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    How to Train Doves for your Wedding Day

    ArticlePigeon AdviceThursday 26 May 2011
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    Many of you will have dreamed of having white doves released into the air on your wedding day as a symbol of love. What you might not know is that the doves used in those films – you know the ones – are actually white homing pigeons, which are naturally easy to train. However, if you must have doves, read on.

    You can find white doves for sale on Bird Trader or buy them in pet shops, but while you might be able to tame these doves, this training will probably be limited to teaching them to return to their cage or perch on your shoulder.

    Get to know your doves. Build a relationship with them. Spend as much time as you can stroking the birds, talking to them in hushed and soothing tones. This way they become

    familiar with you, and the more familiar they become, the better your training will go.

    Use special treats such as tasty seeds, chopped peanuts and wheat to train the doves. Repeat this action to teach the birds that they will receive a treat when they perform certain actions. The reward method will not necessarily work, but it could certainly aid in your training efforts.

    Whistle at your doves as you would a pet dog to summon them back to their cage or to your shoulder. With repetition, the whistle may be effective in coaxing the doves.

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