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View Poll Results: How well trained is your parrot/parrots?
Not trained at all (doesnt step up) 1 3.57%
Steps up 4 14.29%
Obeys basic commands (step up, come, etc.) 12 42.86%
Obeys more advanced commands (no, stay, go to ___, etc.) 11 39.29%
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Old 12-25-2018, 06:57 PM
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How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

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I am curious as to how well trained parrots in general are.

I personally have a very well trained parrot, simply due to the fact that I like it when animals are well trained and obedient as i believe it strengthens the bond between human and animal. I dont say this to gloat, i am just curious!
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:14 PM
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

Trained in what exactly? Congratulations on what ever you trained! ! Mine are most excellent talkers , kisses, abd snuggles ! I laughed at your poll on the no thing, I tell em no they tell me no, they tell each other no, but the no's they tell each other are usually about kisses, like no you can't kiss my mommy. But occasionally they tell who ever is biting no, I feel that's supportive I don't think of them as obedient, I think of them as well socialized flock members.
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:36 PM
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

Yep, you’ll have to explain what you mean by “well trained”. Do you mean simply tame and well behaved? Trick trained?
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:43 PM
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

Ooooh, that's tricky.

Cairo is an ekkie who fits the stereotype of not liking being touched, which many local folks consider to qualify him as "not tame". My vet, who is not familiar with ekkies but more with the smaller parrots, is also surprised to see he doesn't like us, his flock humans, touching him. However, he does step up and recall well (when he's not sleepy or grumpy from molting - I don't blame him, I wouldn't want to do stuff when I'm not feeling well), and he also enjoys doing tricks. But "stay" is not something we've consistently mastered yet because his previous family raised him to be a free-flight bird, so whenever we're in a training session, he thinks he should either be on his training perch or he should fly to us. However, he does have the "go to bed" and "go to perch" down.

For us, I'd be more inclined to say "obeys basic commands" simply because the rest of what he knows are very simple variations off of those commands. We've not yet tried things like "find the keys and bring them to [my partner]", but he can do the basic "take" and "put/give".

On another note, I've been actively trying not to teach him "no". "No bite" is something we're learning. But "no" as a catchphrase is something I'm avoiding for him, largely because if he picks it up, I worry about the context or lack of. I'm really trying to go for positive reinforcement - he gets praise and treats for doing something right, and no comment unless it endangers his life. Even then, I'll ask him to "give" if he has something he shouldn't have in his mouth, and I give him a treat for giving it to me so he knows that he'll always get something of greater edible value and I offer a different chew toy instead. Not sure if my approach is solid, but I want him to be a positive bird.
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:53 PM
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

I'd say that my parrot responds to some basic commands but I have a different opinion than you regarding obedience equals bonding. Obedience is conditioning, both classical and operant, like Pavlov's dog. Bonding in my mind is trust. Maybe a thin line between the two but I don't believe that they are the same. I've seen many parrots in the old days conditioned to be obedient through the use of punishment....while obedient, one could hardly call the relationship between the parrot the trainer as bonded.

Certainly training can lead to trust but they are two distinct conditions of which you can have either without the other.
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:55 PM
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

Most of my birds step up for me.
not all of them step up on my hand but they will step up onto something so I can move them.


It's really a mater of safety. If something happens I need to be able to move them without fighting with them. Beyond that I don't try to train them for tricks and stuff.
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Old 12-26-2018, 12:50 AM
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

Mine are trained to various states of tameness and kinship. Perhaps my most bonded bird, Gabby, is potty trained and will almost always excrete on the "go poo-poo" command!
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Old 12-26-2018, 04:53 AM
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

I have no idea...

I really suck at teaching them tricks on command (even forgot about harnesstraining the past month), but when Appie was broody and sitting on the eggs she would let me touch her, lift her off the eggs etc..
(No, I am not breeding them, but the females arriving here always seem to insist dropping an egg or more the first year they move in with me...usually because they are finally fed well enough and are fit enough that they are able to do so?)
I can handle all my birds in unnatural, panickinducing ways (grabbing them around the bodies, lifting them, turning them on their backs etc.) without them even blinking hard.
(All part of their going-to-the-vet-training)
They all will come with me to shower..I always see that more as their achievements than mine... just like they decide to trust me, rather than me trying to make them do anything. (Allthough I stop them doing things a lot! I would have no fingers, friends or a house left standing if I did not.)

So no, my parrots may (usually) be absurdly tame and trusting (compared to most, according to my vets) and (most of the time) wellmannered, but they do not do tricks...

(LOL unless you consider 'step up" a trick - I just think it is completely normal that they do this when asked to.)

typing this:
... there is a grey bathing her feet etc. in the drinking bowl of the macaw, a macaw trying to disect my toiletdoor and a third one decided to poop outside the cage especially - he climbed all the way out to do so --- so I can cheat, film this and add some commands? THEN they 'do tricks' right?)


oh...speaking of tricks ...


Remember D.? (My second CAgrey and most fearsome smart grey I ever met.)
She was clickertrained at some point in the past - and when I tried it she completely turned the tables on me.
Everytime I did something she approved off, she would *click-click* at me!


A very sobering experencience and she taught me just how much we, the humans, get trained by their parrots!
(I miss her so much it hurts)

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Old 12-26-2018, 06:13 AM
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

Mine isn't well trained in the sense he'll do pointless tricks on command per say but he is well trained in more practical ways (such as that he may not chew up furniture must stay in his area, not to get down on the floor etc...). Basically, in addition to stepping up and potty training, our bird has a good enough grasp on what we expect out of him as a member of the household he does not require being locked in a cage during the day at all and does not require constant supervision. He is essentially free range (though stays in a defined bird area) and comes and goes as he pleases during the day within that area. He's also very adept at communicating via body language. A good example would be turning his back if he isn't interested in stopping what he's doing to step up (though he will if pressured) or hanging off the side of his cage pointing in the direction of where he'd like to go (say his swing across the room or on the couch if my husband is over there etc...). Paying attention and generally respecting his wishes have reinforced this behavior and he is constantly improvising and we're constantly reading him.
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Re: How (well) trained are your parrots? (poll)

Trained? You're joking! Syd steps up, comes and knows routines so fits in to life in general. But training? Noooooooo! I am trained beautifully though!
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