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by Diane Burroughs August 23, 2020 3 min read

Parrots are very smart and can be taught a huge variety of bird tricks. One of the most effective ways to teach your bird tricks is to choose training treats that motivate your bird to try new behaviors.

Some birds need more coaxing to engage or trust in bird training sessions. Bird teats are a proven way to coax all birds, but especially reluctant birds to try. Treats accelerate the learning process and increase positive behavior.

What treats are good for parrots?

Choose a bird treat that your bird has a passion for and use it exclusively for bird training.

Popular bird treats are nuts and fruits, however, some birds love a particular seed.  Once you discover which treats your bird is passionate about, keep it "special" by storing it in a special, recognizable container and in an area that you've designated as your Bird Training Area.  Only show it to your bird during bird training sessions. Your goal is to ensure that your bird becomes passionate about bird training. The bird treats container will serve as a visual reminder of positive, fun, tasty training.  Seeing the treat container will create a sense of eager enthusiasm and attention.

Inspect your bird treats to make sure that they can be consumed quickly.  Bird treats should be in small size pieces that your bird can chew and swallow quickly.  Shell nuts and seeds for quick and easy feeding. Small portions are best, as they can be eaten quickly thereby maintaining focus on behavior training rather than eating.

Goldenfeast Treat Petite Legume makes an excellent bird training treat because it has a variety of flavorful bits that fit in a spoon for your bird to choose from.  Our birds love Goldenfeast Tropical Pudding II, too.  We toss it in the food processor to chop it up in finer bits.

How do you use clicker training treats?

The first step to clicker training is to pick the right bird treat. Here's how to figure out what treat will motivate your bird enough to try new behaviors.

Before you start bird training, get your click and treat technique down pat.  We use a plastic teaspoon and clicker attached to a coil bracelet.  When we put the spoon on top of the clicker button, we can quickly click then offer the treat.


Next, plan what specific behavior you're wishing to train in this particular session. Keep your bird training session short and sweet.  Make sure that your bird masters each step of the sequence before moving on to the next step.

Bird tricks must be broken down into specific sequential steps with each success promptly rewarded with parrot training treats.  A great resource for learning sequencing is Clicker Training for Birds.  Once you know what specific behavior you want your bird to learn, attentively watch for the specific behavior and quickly "click" and "treat." 

Research shows that Clicker Training works! The emphasis is on quickly rewarding expected behavior and ignoring unwanted behaviors.  Please never hit, yell, or give any other type of disappointment or punishment to your bird during training sessions, or any other time.  If your bird doesn't trust you, it can't feel safe enough to learn to do bird tricks. 

In conclusion, a bird that trusts that you'll keep training sessions to be positive and pleasurable will work very hard to learn and perform tricks and do whatever it takes to make you happy. In addition to bird treats, maintain a perky attitude, and lavish your bird with praise. Always end your training session on a positive note when your bird has just received a reward. You'll be amazed at how quickly your bird learns to do bird tricks and look to you for expected behavior.

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Diane Burroughs, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist trained in ABA therapy techniques. She specializes in avian anxiety disorders and is certified in Nutrition For Mental Health. Diane has written a number of bird behavior books and she offers behavior consultations. She's developed a range of UnRuffledRx Science-backed Parrot Wellness Supplies.

Diane's products have been featured in the Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery and at Exoticscon, a conference for exotic pet veterinarians. Her bird collars & supplements are stocked in avian vet clinics and bird stores throughout the US. With over 30 years in the field of behavior, Diane has created thousands of successful individualized behavior plans that help pets thrive.

TAGS: #BirdBehavior #BirdTraining


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