Conditioning Tips before Training your Pet Bird

Bird training is not an easy task. But with the help of some useful tips, the time and effort needed for your pet bird to learn basic training will be certainly minimized. Just follow these simple steps and your feathered friend will find it easier and more fun to learn your instructions.

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Mimic its Natural Tendencies When Training your Pet Bird

Birds are social animals. In the wild, they are used to doing daily routines with their flock. They enjoy regular interaction whether it be playing or hunting for food. In order for your bird to feel at ease with its new environment, you should spend a considerable amount of time interacting or playing with it. If this is neglected, negative things like self-inflicted harm and feather plucking are likely to occur. On the other hand, if proper amount of time is given, your pet can easily adjust to its new surroundings and will soon be ready for training.

When choosing the perfect area in your house where to place your pet’s cage, there are many important things to keep in mind. Make sure to choose an area where a lot of social interaction takes place, which is usually the center of the home or living room. By doing this, the bird will be able to see people and promote social interaction.

Never place the cage in isolated areas like laundry room or attic. When felt isolated, both emotional and health issues are likely to develop.

Proper Diet

Another crucial thing that is often neglected before undergoing training is proper diet. In the wild, birds eat a wide range of items such as hay, fruits, vegetable and other smaller animals and insects. It is important to give the same amount of daily nutrition in captivity to get much needed energy for training. Aside from having low energy, improper food items will lessen your pet’s brain activity and ability to focus on your commands.

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Make sure to include in its diet high quality bird seeds that contain loads of vitamins and minerals. Avoid giving items that are loaded with excessive sugar. Acidic vegetables such as lemon and orange must be given sparingly to avoid health issues which may hinder positive training results.

Included in its daily diet is constant supply of fresh water, especially during training. When dehydrated, your pet is more at risk with health issues, which will certainly slow down the success of the training.

Effective Training Methods

After settling in its new home and providing proper daily diet, your pet bird is finally ready to undergo training. For starters, never forget that you must always exert effort, patience and love all throughout the training period. A lot of effort is needed on your part especially in finding the time to do the training. It is recommended to have a regular scheduled time when to conduct the training. Doing this will condition the mind of your pet before and after training sessions. It is also an effective practice to always do the training at the same place, whether it is in your backyard, garage or inside the house. This way, your pet will develop a certain comfort level and will be able to focus more.

Just like effort, you need to show extra patience. Similar to training other animals, your bird will also have on and off days. You need to constantly have patience especially during moments when your bird does not seem interested in what you are trying to teach. Just like what the old saying goes, patience goes a long, long way.

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With regards to love, your pet bird will test how far you are willing to go with it especially during training. Birds are extremely sensitive creatures and will easily detect even the smallest signs of anger and hate. When frustrated in training, never shout or hit your feathered friend.  Doing any of these will register to its mind and will certainly have a negative impact on your training and relationship.

Instead of shouting and scolding, the most effective way to correct an error is by using a sturdy and confident voice. It is also effective to give praise and prize whenever the bird correctly follows your command. A soft pat in its back or giving a pellet as a reward will do the trick.

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