Saturday, March 5, 2011

How to Train Your Person

Any parrot who lives with a person knows how important it is to keep your person trained. While most people love their parrots and want to keep them happy, sometimes they need a little help in understanding the best way to do this. Here are some tips for keeping your person well-trained:

- If your person is holding tasty-looking drink or snack, giving it your best beady-eyed parrot stare will usually convey the idea that you would like to have some, too. If this doesn’t work, a quick nip to the ear should do the trick. Be careful not too nip too hard, though, because that will just make your person mad and yelling might ensue. Of course, that will give you the opportunity to start squawking, so it’s not all bad.

- Sometimes a bite is called for. If, for example, your person hits a pin feather while petting you (and you know how painful that can be), a hard bite should get her to stop. Bite hard to keep your person away from anything you don’t want her to touch, such as your favorite toy or your mate.

- If your person should happen to sleep late some morning, a few loud squawks will let her know that it’s time to get up and pay attention to you.

- It’s a good idea to preen your person often. People enjoy this as much as parrots do, and it lets your person know that she is important to you. Stand on her head and preen her hair or sit on her shoulder and preen her face and neck. This will probably result in lots of petting and praises for you.

If you have any more tips for training people, let us know in the comments.

1 comment:

Doh said...

sounds like you know a lot more about training than I do. Here's what I know: If you want food, jump up and down. If you want to go out, jump up and down. If you are thirsty, jump up and down. Something always happens if you jump up and down enough. If you are tired at the end of the day and want to go to sleep, stop jumping up and down. Then you get carried to bed.

Dijon the Bichon