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Is anyone here good at training parrots? And is anyone here checked out Birdtricks.com? I want to become good at training parrots and I wondered where I could learn these skills. I thought of giving Birdtricks.com a try and purchase their Dvds. What would you all suggest?

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I don't have any personal experience with their DVDs, but their youtube videos are pretty good. They are basically positive reinforcement training, usually clicker training. Most of the stuff I see them do can also be found in books like "Clicker Training for Birds" by Melinda Johnson and "the Problem Parrot Solver" by Barbara Heidenreich. And of course the ultimate clicker training books by Karen Pryor: "Don't Shoot the Dog" (which really is the theory behind clicker training and not really about dogs ) and "Reaching the Animal Mind" which provides many stories of the different, amazing things that can be taught to animals using clicker training.

Reading those books, I feel confident in teaching my birds/dogs/cats etc. anything I want.....of course, with two young children I don't always put in the time to teaching them tricks but I do use the techniques to get my pets used to normal pet keeping husbandry, like nail clipping, teeth brushing, etc.

I guess it depends if you find it easier to learn from reading or watching a video....but whatever you find easier, I still recommend "Don't Shoot the Dog" as it explains how and why clicker training works!

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i have used birdtricks.com they are a good company to use i have found people that try to do some of the things they do like free flying i would not recommend that but some of the other tricks and lessons work really well

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I don't have any personal experience with their DVDs, but their youtube videos are pretty good. They are basically positive reinforcement training, usually clicker training. Most of the stuff I see them do can also be found in books like "Clicker Training for Birds" by Melinda Johnson and "the Problem Parrot Solver" by Barbara Heidenreich. And of course the ultimate clicker training books by Karen Pryor: "Don't Shoot the Dog" (which really is the theory behind clicker training and not really about dogs ) and "Reaching the Animal Mind" which provides many stories of the different, amazing things that can be taught to animals using clicker training.

Reading those books, I feel confident in teaching my birds/dogs/cats etc. anything I want.....of course, with two young children I don't always put in the time to teaching them tricks but I do use the techniques to get my pets used to normal pet keeping husbandry, like nail clipping, teeth brushing, etc.

I guess it depends if you find it easier to learn from reading or watching a video....but whatever you find easier, I still recommend "Don't Shoot the Dog" as it explains how and why clicker training works!
Thankyou I will get thtat book. Have you successfully trained a parrot to wear a flight suit.
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i have used birdtricks.com they are a good company to use i have found people that try to do some of the things they do like free flying i would not recommend that but some of the other tricks and lessons work really well
Thanks I'm trying out there videos. I want my birds tame enough to put flight suits on to socialize with them more.

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I want to get my birds to wear flight suits so I can socialize with them more. Any suggestions. I have parrotlets, lovebirds, and one sun conure.

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That falls under the section: Not Having Enough Time.

Besides, I have wood floors and am very adept at cleaning up bird poop (i just wear a kitchen towel "cape" and that takes care of poop on the shirt

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only one of my birds wears a harness and that is dusty my grey they others hang out with me inside only dusty is the only one that goes outside. you can also have a outside cage so you can let them be on the porch with you when you are outside but do not leave them unattended for any amount of time

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I want to get my birds to wear flight suits so I can socialize with them more. Any suggestions. I have parrotlets, lovebirds, and one sun conure.

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I think you need to start when the birds are fairly young to teach them to wear flight suits/harness.. My tiel will wear a harness but I think I would lose a finger trying to put one on my parrotlet...lol
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Daisy (catalinadee) likes to train and is very good at it (in my opinion!) I'm learning from her all the time.




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only one of my birds wears a harness and that is dusty my grey they others hang out with me inside only dusty is the only one that goes outside. you can also have a outside cage so you can let them be on the porch with you when you are outside but do not leave them unattended for any amount of time
I use to do that until one of my lovebirds died from mites. So I don't take my birds outside in their cages any longer . With the flightsuit the birds would sit on my shoulder and be more protected.
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It wouldn't make any difference. The mites can get on them at any time. I protect my birds with ivermectin and I do it every 6 months. For a bird to die of an infestation it would take a pretty long time so it's nothing that can't be stopped are your birds comfortable with you touching them?


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I use to do that until one of my lovebirds died from mites. So I don't take my birds outside in their cages any longer . With the flightsuit the birds would sit on my shoulder and be more protected.
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I use to set my cages out on my deck the wild birds would sit on the rail and visit I thought it was so cute, until my lovebird became ill from mites. My vet said not to take them outside the mites outside are much worse.

Do you train birds? If so maybe you can help me is it possible to train my Sun Conure who is four years old to wear a flight suit? I want her to trust me. She will fly to me and sit with me for a while, but she won't let me touch her. What steps can I take to accomplish this?

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First you need to work on being able to handle her, if she will not allow that then you will never get her in a flight suit... Some birds just do not like to be handled, will she take treats from your hand? You can try giving her all the best yummies by hand, also clicker training... You start by not asking anything of your bird, just click and treat. The bird learns the click means a treat... Then you move on to asking the bird to target or touch a chopstick, wooden skewer etc.. Offer the bird the stick, if they touch it give the command "target( or touch)", click and treat. If they don't touch it then you touch the bird with it (if they are not scared of it ) say target, click and treat... Eventually it will click and they understand what you want... From there you can teach many things with the clicker, but it takes time... You cannot rush things.
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Training My Conure

My Coure flies to me for a treat. She sits on my shoulder for a long time. But if I try and pet her she flies away. I think she's past target training. How can I teach her to let me pet her?

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You have to gain her trust as I stated above... But some birds just don't like to be petted or touched.
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