FAQ: Parrot Training

Do you guarantee your parrot training?

No.  Be wary of trainers who guarantee parrot training results.   Behavior is fluid and ever changing, and your bird is not a feathered computer that can be reprogrammed.  The success of any parrot training program depends on many factors, many of which can’t be ethically placed under a guarantee.  I am dedicated to a better approach to training.

What I can, and do, guarantee:

  •  a commitment to the latest and most sound methods offered by the scientific community, including ongoing continuing education
  •  a commitment to humane, gentle and fun training
  •  Customized training plans that fit your lifestyle
  •  A kind, gentle and productive professional relationship (meaning that I will treat you, the human, with the same kindness, understanding and respect with which I treat your pets.)

Is my parrot too old to train?

There’s no such thing!  Parrots, like any intelligent animal, are capable of adapting and learning throughout life.  Sometimes learning new habits or behaviors can improve an older parrot’s quality of life (and yours) immensely.  The outcome of any parrot training program depends on many factors, none of which include age.

Is it true that he should never be allowed higher than my head because he will become dominant?

No. There is no corroborating evidence from behaviorists, biologists, or ornithologists that parrots have any such linear social structure in the wild!  Have a look at Dr. Susan Friedman’s article on dominance theory and other potentially damaging parrot training myths here: Straight Talk article

My budgie (or parakeet) or cockatiel isn’t really a parrot, is he?

Yes he is!  He is a member of the Psittaciform order, and he shares the same defining characteristics of his “family” members – a curved beak and zygodactyl feet (two toes pointing forward, two pointing back).  And, just because he’s small doesn’t mean he isn’t smart – my own cockatiel rivals my Amazons in problem solving ability, and a budgie named Puck holds the world record for largest vocabulary of any bird (1,728 words)!

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