Tips On How To Socialize Your Parrot


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The little secrets of positive socialization

  • Reinforce ( reward ) immediately after the good behavior.
  • Reinforce each step of the targeted behavior. Reinforce all the progress of the parrot.
  • Be predictable and consistent in tracking consequences.
  • The booster must be offered by one or more people who are important to the parrot ( hugs or rewards from a stranger are not attractive to the bird ).
  • Choose the right booster, the one that’s right for your parrot ( their tastes, age, motivation, interests ), and change them as soon as they seem to lose their attraction to the bird.

The little secrets of positive socialization

  • Be patient, you will have to repeat it often over and over again.
  • Set reasonable limits. Do not demand anything that may be beyond your parrot’s comprehension. He is not a human and some concepts will always remain abstract for him. Have reasonable expectations for the age, temperament, personality, and species of your parrot.
  • Clearly state the rules, limits, and consequences ( good and bad ). If it is not clear, simple, or logical, the bird will get a lot frustrated.

The little secrets of positive socialization

  • Surprise the parrot to act well as often as possible and reinforce it.
  • Be brief in your messages. Too much direction can confuse the bird and substantially reduce its chances of successfully meeting your expectations.
  • Patiently teach your bird to control its impulses. Waiting and waiting are not part of the parrot’s genetic makeup. These are long and difficult concepts for him to assimilate.
  • Stay positive by offering your parrot alternatives to unwanted behavior.

The little secrets of positive socialization

  • Leave the leisure to the bird to make its choices and to conceive of the consequences. It is through his mistakes that he will learn.
  • Never use coercion, fear, violence, or excessive punishment. If you adopt threatening attitudes, your bird will only think about your anger and completely forget what triggered it and will certainly not be able to assimilate anything under these conditions.
  • Be firm, but fair and moderate. Repression has never engendered anything but fear, frustration, and violence.
  • Remind yourself that it takes a long time for a parrot to understand which of its actions are acceptable and which are not.

The little secrets of positive socialization

  • The error is not a fault.
  • Don’t overstimulate a newly arrived young or older parrot by bombarding them with rules. All you will be able to teach him is to stop hearing each other with bewildering indifference.
  • The punishment only comes down to withdrawing the positive stimulus, must be instantaneous, of very short duration, and not elicit an emotional response from you.

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