Interesting tricks to teach your bird

Teaching tricks to your pet bird can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both you and your feathered buddy. Not only will it strengthen your bond, but it can also provide your bird with mental and physical stimulation. Here are some fun tricks you can teach your pet bird.

1. Target training

What you need:

  1. A stick.
  2. Treats.

How to do it:

  1. Hold the stick in front of your bird and wait for him to touch it with his beak. As soon as he touches it, say ‘touch’, and immediately reward him with a treat.
  2. Repeat this process several times until he is reliably touching the stick.

Advanced version:

  1. Once he is reliably touching the target on cue, move it to different locations and heights.

What to remember:

  1. Be patient and consistent with your training. Don’t rush, and always end the training session on a positive note.

 

2. Wave

What you need:

  1. Treats.

How to do it:

  1. Hold a treat in front of your bird and wait for him to lift his foot. As soon as he lifts his foot, say ‘wave’, and give him a treat.
  2. Repeat this process several times until he is reliably lifting his foot on cue.

Advanced version:

  1. Once he is reliably lifting his foot on cue, start to gradually move your hand away from the treat so that he waves without the presence of a treat.

What to remember:

  1. Make sure to only give him the treat after he has successfully completed the trick. Don’t give him the treat if he lifts his foot without the ‘wave’ cue.

 

3. Spin

What you need

  1. Treats.

How to do it

  1. Hold a treat in front of your bird and slowly move it in a circle. As he follows the treat, say ‘spin’ and reward him with the treat.
  2. Repeat this process several times until he is reliably spinning in a circle on cue.

Advanced version

  1. Once your bird is reliably spinning in a circle, try to get him to spin in the opposite direction.

What to remember

  1. Don’t spin the treat too quickly since this may confuse him.
  2. Your bird will learn the trick in the direction you originally showed him. To teach the opposite direction, teach the trick from the beginning.

 

Would you like to read about the other tricks that you can teach your bird? Get the July/August 2023 Animaltalk edition from retailers or order a digital or printed copy of from www.coolmags.co.za.

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