Besides humans, the parrot is the only animal that has the power of speech. Its mesmerizing qualities and attractive colors have caught the attention of many animal lovers. There are many parrot species but the African Gray parrot is the most popular one due to its high intelligence and ability to understand human speech and imitate various sounds. They can be temperamental and so require enough attention. If this bird lacks proper attention, it would start to pluck feathers. Providing the bird with toys can terminate boredom and feather plucking. To get the most of out of these birds, you need to train them using the following training tips.
Before bringing this bird home, install a cage that it can dwell in. Gray parrots are very temperamental and so a proper cage will prevent them from taking flight. A strong bond between the bird and the owner will make training easier. They tend to get attached to only one family member and so you should introduce it to other members of the family too. Spending at least one hour with the African Gray will make it easy for the bird to get acquainted with its environment.
Pick up its favorite treats as you may use them while teaching the bird some tricks. Treating the parrot when it obeys a command will encourage it to listen to you and perform your commands well. The bird should be well acquainted with the trainer’s touch so that it can accept regular petting and handling. Provide the bird with some treats and then pat it until it’s comfortable and relaxed. You can also offer treats to keep your bird calm. Continuous handling may irritate your bird leading to bad behavior and so treat the parrot provided it behaves well.
Training to Talk
The Gray parrot can mimic any sound. Therefore, they use this skill as a weapon to divert the attention of predators and save themselves. The parrots will start talking when they turn a year old. Teaching them to talk requires a lot of time, patience and efforts. The first step is to build a strong bond so that it can trust you. To make the parrot talk, pick some simple words but be patient as the bird will take time to understand and register the words. A quiet environment and speech clarity will help the parrot master the language faster. Therefore, choose a quiet place to train your bird.
How to train your african grey parrot to talk video
Continue repeating the words while maintaining eye contact to strengthen the bond between you and the bird. Praising the bird whenever it tries to imitate sounds is a perfect way to encourage and motivate the parrot to follow your commands. After the parrot masters a word, follow the same procedure and move on to the next one. As the bird continues to master more words, you can start teaching him phrases.
Teaching a Gray parrot some toilet manners is essential to avoid a messy home. Teach the bird to potty in the appropriate place, which may be on the perch or in its cage. If the parrot settles in the wrong place, pick it up gently and then put it in the right place where it’s allowed to potty. Repeat this procedure until the parrot understands the master’s wish.
Funny video about potty trained parrot
How to train not to bite
Since African gray parrots are very bright, they often try to assert themselves by biting. However, you can train your African grey not to bite.
How to Train Parrots to Stop Biting
The first step is to understand why the bird is biting. If the biting is out of fear, find out what made it afraid and then avoid exposing the parrot to it. If the bird bites you, calmly and firmly say No and then put it on the floor immediately. A parrot is a prey animal and so it will feel insecure when it’s not off the ground. Repeat this procedure any time the bird tries to bite you.
Step-up involves teaching the bird to settle on the hand or perch. Start by opening the cage and placing the hand in the front and then keep repeating “Step-up” until the bird tries to step-up. Praising its efforts is necessary. Continue repeating the command until the bird learns to step-up on the perch or hand.
Teaching Parrots to Step Up and Down