Keeping a pet bird surely brings many joyful things to the whole family. Because of its beauty, a colorful bird can instantly become a stress reliever. A bird can also become your most loyal friend. However, raising a bird also entails various responsibilities, one of which is training pet bird. In order to fully appreciate the things your pet bird can offer, you must properly train it. Teaching it basic things like eating the right foods, behaving properly, and performing tricks are just some of the many things to accomplish during training.
Training your pet bird will require a lot of time, effort and patience. Fortunately, there are many effective tips to make the training more fruitful. In addition, there are also things that you must avoid in order to make the whole experience memorable to both you and your pet bird.
Gain Its Trust
Similar with humans, trust is one of the mot important factors in building a strong relationship with birds. One of the first things you must achieve before actual training pet bird is your pet’s trust. When you have gained its full trust, it will be easier to teach basic things.
So how do you gain your bird’s trust? Bird experts believe that feeding your pet with food it needs builds the basic foundation of trust because it begins to see you as an important part of its life. Additionally, spending a few hours with your pet bird also strengthens bond. Simple activities like patting its back and playing with toys are recommended.
Don’t Show Anger While Training Pet Bird
Some birds can be trained easily, while others require tons of patience and perseverance. If your pet happens to be lazy or unwilling to follow during training, exert extra patience and never turn your frustrations on it. Birds are very sensitive to human actions and can easily detect emotions especially anger and frustration. They also have a long memory so they can easily remember if you shout or curse at them. Whenever your pet detects these negative emotions, they will be unable to focus on the training.
The best way to act during training is to be assertive but gentle. Your bird must know that you are in control and confident with your commands. There might be instances when your pet bites your finger or hand during training (which usually happens in the early stages of training) as a reaction to your commands. If this happens, never show signs of anger and do not jerk your hand away. Instead, slowly close your hand and rotate it so the bird can’t see the fingers. Doing this will make your pet realize that your hand is not the target and it must refrain from biting it.
One of the most common ways to vent out frustration is by screaming. But during training, doing this will cause more harm than good to your pet bird. The moment your pet hears a loud scream, its focus on the task at hand will surely be eliminated. Furthermore, repeating the commands after screaming will likely fall on deaf ears as your bird will probably be uninterested and scared.
The best way to reprimand your pet after committing a mistake is saying “no” in a gentle but authoritative manner. Your voice must be controlled but firm. Doing this will give a positive result to your bird’s thinking.
Never Do Physical Punishment
Physical punishments such as striking its head or back and hitting its beak must be avoided at all cost. It does not matter if your punishment is done softly or gently, all of them brings fear to the bird’s mind. Physical punishment will not only minimize the possibility of a fruitful training, but will also probably destroy your relationship with the bird.
It is normal to feel frustrated when training pet bird. Even the most seasoned trainers experience difficulties and issues from time to time. The trick is to have full control of your emotions before doing something you will certainly regret at the end. When your patience is running out, take time out from the training and focus on relaxing things such as looking at the beautiful colors of your pet.