Many different kinds of domesticated birds can make enjoyable companions when taken care of properly and treated with love and respect. Although if your pet birds are not socialized and mentally stimulated daily with shreddable toys, ropes, and treats, bouts of depression and aggression can develop, especially in the absence of socializing your parrot. A few of the problems that can occur include squawking, biting and even your bird biting you.
The key to training your bird is having patience. Birds are fairly small creatures, and some may learn slower than others, so it is very important to keep your cool if Tweety is not doing exactly what you want when you want it. A common training tool for your bird is teaching it to step-up. This is where the bird steps up off a surface and onto your finger or hand.
Repetition of the exercise is very important and you may find this skill to be very helpful, as it will be easier to move your bird from one place to another. The best way to train your parrot the step-up is to first approach him or her while on a flat surface. Offer just your index finger to the bird by placing your outstretched finger at it’s chest height or a little above the feet. Say “step up” while gently pressing against the front of the body if there is not an immediate response or if your bird seems uninterested or distracted from what you are asking.
Do not be forceful, and it is completely okay if your parrot does not get the step-up right away. These things take time. Practice this whenever you can, but never repeatedly for a long time. Asking for a step-up here and there around the house is acceptable. When your parrot does do this correctly, they will see your finger and step up onto the elevated surface (your hand).
Make sure to reward your parrot for obeying by praising them vocally. For instance say “good bird” in a happy tone and offer a small healthy treat to them such as a small piece of fruit. You will now be able to move your parrot where and when you wish.
Keep in mind to pick an appropriate time to train. Do not work with your bird if you are tired or frustrated. Do not spend too much time training your bird in one time period, for they tire quickly and it is better to teach your parrot in small amounts of time.
During the training sessions, be clear about what you are asking of your bird to avoid excessive confusion. As mentioned earlier, remember to always treat your parrot with respect and patience.