If you are planning on raising a parrot, which can potentially be a great pet, start training it early! Parrots require an enormous amount of attention and love, but they can take advantage of their pet owners without proper precautions. Setting boundaries and rules from the beginning of your relationship is essential. I have had a double yellow headed Amazon parrot for twelve years. My best friend has had the same type of bird for about fourteen years. In terms of each parrot’s interaction and behavior, they might as well be a different species—or even different planets. My friend’s parrot is impolite, hard to control, and sometimes incredibly unfriendly! He occasionally bites my friend and will be violent towards guests. My parrot on the other hand is great with kids, any new guests, and stays out of trouble! Here are some tips for teaching your parrot proper etiquette.
The Oldest Parrot Discipline Trick in the Book
Most veterinarians and bird experts recommend having both a perch and a cage for any avian pet that has its wings clipped. If you do let your parrot spend most of its time on the perch, use the cage as a form of punishment. When your parrot is talking too much (practice this with moderation) or is biting guests or even you, put him/her in its cage. Afterwards put a sheet on top of the cage so it is fully covered. Use this practice ONLY for sleeping or bad behavior. Don’t use it too often, or it will lose its potential effect, which should be disciplining your parrot.
Food problems: Enough is Enough
My friend’s parrot will jump of its perch anytime my friend opens her refrigerator. Apparently, the bird wants a peek of what’s inside (and a taste)! This may sound adorable, but it can be annoying and dangerous. Make sure you always put your parrot back on its perch and let it know it can’t have PEOPLE FOOD!
What to say what to say
If you want your parrot to have an extensive vocabulary, you need to teach it most words at a young age. Try repeating words clearly and relatively often. Most parrots only say the words they are taught or pick up from a young age. Use caution—teaching your bird offensive words could be funny for a while. Later on, when your grandmother is sitting at your dinner table, those four letter words may not sound so hilarious.
Trimming Beaks and Fingernails
Although you need to teach your parrot not to bite and scratch, you should also take the necessary safety precautions on a regular basis. Make sure you take your bird to the pet store/vet to get its beak and nails trimmed regularly!