Dance Training for Your Bird

Close up of a green parrot

One of the most amusing and simple techniques to teach your bird is to dance. Many of our feathered companions exhibit this behavior naturally, with highly clever birds like cockatiels and parrots being among the simplest to educate.

Not only will teaching your bird to dance be entertaining, but it will also offer your pet some extra exercise and mental stimulation, both of which can improve its overall health.

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    Choose an Appropriate Training Space

    Parrot looking at camera

    Before you start teaching your bird any tricks, make sure you pick the ideal location of your house to utilize as a training place. Because birds respond to training differently depending on their degree of familiarity with their surroundings, it's important to choose a location that your bird will perceive as non-threatening and comfortable.

    The best selections are usually quiet, uncluttered areas distant from the majority of family foot activity. Keeping your bird focused throughout training sessions requires removing as many distractions as possible.

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    Select Upbeat Music

    Birds are wired to respond to sound, so it's no surprise that they like listening to various genres of music. Choose a lively, uplifting melody to train your bird with while training it to dance. Most parrots are encouraged to move swiftly by rhythmic songs with medium to fast tempos.

    Don't be discouraged if your bird doesn't seem to appreciate your musical choices, just keep trying different types of music until you find something that your bird seems to respond to.

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    Set an Example for Your Bird

    It may seem stupid, but birds learn best when they are shown how to do something. If your bird doesn't appear to be grasping the concept of dancing on his or her own, you may need to step in and demonstrate to your pet. Increase the volume of the music and dance about to show your bird how much fun it can be. Many times, this can enthrall parrots to the point that they will begin dancing with you before you even know it.

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    Use Visual Props

    If your bird still refuses to dance despite your best demonstrations and other attempts, show him or her movies of other birds "making a rug." To share with your pet, make a playlist of your favorite dancing bird videos. Birds like observing other birds and will frequently imitate what they observe. This is one of the most efficient methods to get your bird to dance or do a variety of other tricks and behaviors.

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    Reward Progress

    It's critical to praise your pet for any progress toward learning the behavior you're attempting to teach, as it is with any training activities. Even if your bird isn't a full-fledged dance machine after a few training sessions, praising success in little steps is essential for helping your pet grasp the skill you want them to master.

    While training, keep some delectable on available to keep your bird engaged and interested in what you're doing. Treats will help your bird learn more quickly and readily over time if you use them to make training sessions enjoyable.

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    Problems and Proofing Behavior

    Dancing is a little different from teaching a behavior like singing or talking since it comes easily to most pet birds. If you're having trouble getting your bird to dance on command, consider experimenting with different types of music. If you're not nearby, leave the music on (at a moderate volume, of course) so the bird doesn't have stage fright. With some patient coaching from you, most birds will find out how to get their groove on.