How to Train Your Bird to Be More Friendly

Hand petting a large bird

One of the most prevalent complaints among pet bird owners is that their birds aren't sociable enough. When this occurs, it is almost often due to the owner's fault rather than the bird's. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to help you and your bird communicate effectively. Use these suggestions to uncover simple methods to get your bird to be more friendly with you (and the rest of your family). With time and effort, you'll notice a significant difference in the way your feathery companion interacts with you. The suggestions don't take much time, but they do need consistency from you and any other person.

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    Veterinarian examining parrots

    Although it may appear unconnected to the goal of assisting your anti-social bird in becoming more sociable, underlying health conditions can have a significant influence on your bird's attitude. When we aren't feeling well, we aren't always our best selves, and birds are no exception. Taking your bird to your avian vet for a checkup helps assure that there are no medical concerns preventing you from improving your bond with your feathered buddy. You may begin working on making your bird more sociable once it has been given a clean bill of health.

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    Taking the effort to teach your pet a bird trick, even if it's a basic one, may go a long way toward improving your bird's opinion of you. Training sessions take time, and spending additional time with your bird throughout the bonding phase is crucial. Furthermore, the process of working on something together and then completing it may greatly improve your bond with a bird. Begin with a simple trick, such as waving hello, then progress to more difficult tricks once you've mastered that.

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    Every day, bird owners must devote time to caring for their pets. Handling your bird necessitates one-on-one time with your pet, forcing both of you to engage more closely. If a bird isn't behaving, it's typically only a matter of adding additional handling time to the bird's routine to make things better.

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    Many species' stomachs lead to their hearts, and birds are no exception. If you're having problems engaging with your pet bird, try bribery and prepare a dinner of fresh fruits and vegetables for your bird to share. Food sharing is a common and natural activity among flocks of birds. A dinner together is likely to make your bird perceive you as a part of the family. Just remember to keep your feathery buddy away from any items that might be toxic.

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    Bored and under-stimulated birds are more prone to grow depressed and, in some situations, unruly. A bored and melancholy bird is unlikely to enjoy spending time with other people. If your bird's behavior is bothering you, make sure it has lots of safe and entertaining bird toys. Once you've loaded your bird's toy supply, change them out of the cage frequently so your pet doesn't become bored with the same old toys. You'd be astonished at how quickly new toys can improve a bird's attitude.

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    Problems and Proofing Behavior

    Expect nothing to happen right now. It's unlikely that your bird will become more friendly, social, happy, or stimulated overnight, but with consistent human behavior, a clean bill of health, and hard effort, you may anticipate your bird to grow more friendly, sociable, happy, and stimulated. Additionally, after your bird has improved, you'll need to maintain making changes to keep your bird pleasant and sociable.