how to clicker train your bird

The celebrated British dog trainer, Barbara Woodhouse, once started a dog training revolution by titling one of her well-known books “No Bad Dogs”. If only we could get our parrot owners to say the same thing! Other exotic animal pets also have their fair share of complaints. In this article, we will use birds as our primary example, but the principles mentioned apply to many different types of pet.

Many bird owners, particularly those who are inexperienced, tend to assign blame to a pet parrot for behaviors such as screaming, biting, messiness, or destructive chewing within the house. Parrot owners need to be prepared and educated to deal with problems. “Forewarned is forearmed” never rang truer than in this business! No need to scare away potential owners either. Just remember that by putting a natural perspective on all types of parrot behaviors, owners are more likely to understand the parrot’s point of view. We all need to be “parrot whisperers”. This means that we need to speak and understand the language of the parrot, and not just the vocal cues. You want your customer to be happy with the bird they have selected. You need the owner and the parrot to be happy or they will dispose of the pet eventually. This will result in the loss of a potential long-term customer.

Article by Jamieleigh Womach. Since she was seventeen years old, she has worked with parrots and toucans. While not homeless, she spends less time at home than she would like to. She travels the globe accompanied by her spouse, daughter, and a large group of parrots that she performs on stage with.

Give your bird (or other animal) its favorite treat by just clicking the clicker. It just needs to click and reward—it doesn’t need to do anything. yes, click and reward. do it over, and over, and over again.

If your bird isn’t even close to being tame yet—all it can do is snatch that prize out of your hand as quickly as it can then you’ll want to click to encourage your bird to approach you and even show the tiniest bit of interest in you. A bird will eventually agree to perch on your finger as a result of this!

I’m going to fill you in if you’ve been hearing a lot about clicker training but have no idea where to begin or even how to begin!

Or at the very least, you are equipped with the fundamentals and can use the clicker to start teaching your bird things.

Behavior Problems – Your Real Loss Leader

Decreased income from abandoned pet businesses isn’t always a result of margin Not only is the majority of pets lost because they have escaped, run away, or been stolen, but the biggest reason for not keeping a pet is not death from illness or injury either. Allergies aren’t the issue either. Unfortunately, the main reason people decide not to keep a pet is because they no longer want the animal. The pet was unruly, scratched the children, broke the house, and failed to establish a good rapport with the owner or family.

Ask animal rescue workers how many poorly socialized “problem” pets are actually thrown out into the street, or ask any shelter employee how many dogs are put to death each year because their owners are unable to care for them. If the pet’s owner(s) is(are) happy with it, they will maintain it and give it money. But how can pet owners be encouraged to grow that happy relationship? One important factor is interaction. A parrot that is allowed to leave his cage on a daily basis and who can perform tricks or make unique noises upon request is undoubtedly far more likely to grow up to be a beloved member of the family than one that is kept inside and is seen as a “task” rather than a source of happiness. The latter kind of parrots are frequently found in garage sales, classified ads, or rescue organizations after being transferred from one inappropriate home to another.

Thankfully, there have been notable advancements in the methods that allow owners to interact and control with their pets. The newest interactive training program for dogs, horses, many exotic animals, small animals, and birds is called Clicker Training, and it should be known to everyone in the pet industry. It’s simple, affordable, enjoyable, and it’s already sweeping the pet training industry. You can use clicker training with your parrot to teach it tricks as well as to address problematic behaviors. A well-known training technique known as “operant conditioning” is refined and made more approachable with clicker training. In this method, trainers signal to an animal that their correct behavior will be reinforced with a reward. When an animal hears the clicker’s sound, it knows that whatever it was doing at that precise moment has earned it a treat, which is typically food (although occasionally praise or petting is also given). With time, the animal will learn to repeat a behavior whenever the clicker is used by hearing a click and receiving a reward for a job well done.

Animals can retain a great deal of information about their previous attempts, and they will use this to tailor their behavior in order to receive rewards (the click and the treat). This is particularly true if the reward schedule starts to fluctuate. e. not a treat every time. When the animal learns what the click means, it will do whatever it takes to win over the trainer.

While many customers have purchased Clicker Training devices online, they are available at various pet retail stores. Commercial devices, which originated from whistles used in dolphin training, produce a noise that is distinct and more reliable than any sound made by humans. This noise is similar to that of a cricket. Commercial clickers are tiny plastic boxes that resemble dominoes and have a metal tongue that is pressed down with the thumb. Since the clicker has a loud sound, you should introduce it to your pet by hiding it behind your back or in a pocket. Many owners just use the lid of a juice or baby food jar to create their own clickers; occasionally, they enlarge the “dimple” by pushing it out onto a table corner. When the dimple’s center is pushed out, it pops or clicks. Additionally, staple removers, also known as staple “biters,” produce a distinct but quiet clicking sound when depressed twice quickly. Consider a clicker as a unique signal that roughly translates to “good dog” or “good parrot.” When your dog obeys your request to sit, what happens next? You say, “Good dog,” and frequently your dog receives a pat or even a treat. The click is a more powerful equivalent of “good dog”. A message can be sent through a click, such as “that’s what I wanted, and you will now receive a reward!”

Here’s a case in point that shows how effective clicker training can be:

A 6-month-old Cairn-crested cockatoo is thriving in his home. He is very affectionate and always wants the owners’ attention, just like many young cockatoos do. The owners, who are knowledgeable about caring for young parrots, show him a lot of attention while still exercising authority and control. There is just one problem. The young bird spends a lot of time in the family room, where large, messy droppings are not welcome. The parrot’s owners have observed that he frequently relieves himself soon after exiting the cage and that he wags his tail a little before the performance. When they first start their clicker training program, they just explain that hearing the click signifies that you will be rewarded for your attention. For about a week, a “click” signals the beginning of the owner’s handling, release from the cage, and parrot neck and head scratches. After a week, the owners click to gauge the bird’s reaction while it is quietly playing on the couch. With its head down, the bird approaches its owner right away and begs for a rub. They now organize a “cue” for the novel behavior, which is eliminating on command. The chosen verbal cue is “potty-time,” which is followed by holding the bird over his play station just after it is freed from the cage. Following their pet’s release from the cage, the owners should refrain from handling him until he exhibits any of these cues and closely observe him for indications that he wants to go. The bird is swiftly but quietly picked up and cued (“Potty time!”), as soon as the tail wags. After a few minutes, the bird receives a treat (head rub or underarm scratch) and an instant click (during defecation if possible) if it responds successfully. When a response doesn’t work, it’s just ignored and tried again later. The bird will soon behave properly when only asked to go. Eventually, the owners can stop using the clicker to reward the bird every time it performs a new behavior or “trick,” as the bird will no longer need it.


Can you use a clicker to train a bird?

Yes! Clicker training works for birds too. Birds were among the first animals ever to be trained by B.F. Skinner and his assistants.

How do you train your bird if it is not trained?

Give your bird treats. Positive reinforcement is very helpful when training a bird. Treats are a great way to reinforce your bird’s positive behavior. To keep from being bitten, hold your fingers to the side of the treat when you give it to him. Your bird may mistake your fingers as a nut and bite them on accident.