How to Train Your Bird to Be More Friendly

Hand petting a large bird

Owners of pet birds sometimes remark that their birds aren't sociable enough for their tastes. When this occurs, it is almost often the fault of the owner rather than the bird. Fortunately, there are some 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 demand consistency from you and anybody else.

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    Veterinarian examining parrots

    Although it may appear unconnected to your goal of helping your antisocial bird become more social, underlying health conditions can have a significant influence on your bird's attitude. When we're not feeling well, we're not 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 basic bird trick may go a long way toward improving your image in the eyes of your bird. Training sessions take time, and spending more time with your bird is necessary for bonding. Plus, working on something together and then completing it may improve your bond with a bird significantly. Start with a simple trick like waving hello, and once you've mastered that, on to more difficult stunts.

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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. When a bird isn't behaving, just adding extra handling time to the bird's schedule generally solves the problem.

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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 shared supper will certainly encourage your bird to regard you as a family member. 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 depressed bird will not 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.