Parrot Tricks: Teaching Parrots with Positive Reinforcement

Parrot Tricks: Teaching Parrots with Positive Reinforcement

by Tani Robar, Diane Grindol
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Parrot Tricks: Teaching Parrots with Positive Reinforcement by Tani Robar, Diane Grindol


By nature, parrots are inquisitive, intelligent, and social animals. You can capitalize on these characteristics and obedience train your bird, teaching him behaviors that will make your life and his more enjoyable--behaviors such as stepping on your hand or wrist on command, and going to a designated perch. Then you can progress to teach him all kinds of tricks. He'll love the attention, communication, and socialization. From the essential basics of obedience training to awesome tricks that will amuse and amaze your friends, Parrot Tricks covers:
* Techniques to use during the "get acquainted" period
* Setting up a training area and using food as a training tool
* Training basics such as targeting, luring, and using cues
* Necessary obedience skills such as step up, come, perch, and stay
* The basic retrieve command, the foundation of many tricks
* Simple tricks such as shake hands, high five, kiss, and take a bow
* Tricks based on the retrieve command, including basketball, ring on the peg, and stacking cups
* Advanced tricks such as pulling a wagon, pushing a grocery cart, raising a flag, and riding a skateboard
* Innovative tricks that showcase your bird's natural abilities
* Chaining tricks, such as recycling and going to the mailbox
* Verbalizations and talking using the Rival/Model Method or the Positive Reward Method
* Directions for making simple props

With this book, patience, and practice, you'll build your understanding of and relationship with your bird as you build a repertoire of tricks. You can get your parrot to jump through hoops for you--literally!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620458075
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 897,302
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tani Robar is a professional animal trainer who has spent years training performing animals and teaching others to train their animals. She has been acclaimed for her ability to develop and perfect unique training methods that allow her students to teach their pets an almost unlimited variety of skills and behaviors. For the last fifteen years Tani has been putting on bird shows, giving lectures, and helping others to teach their birds to do tricks. Besides appearing on TV and writing articles on bird training, she has produced four videos/DVDs to help people visualize how to teach their parrots a variety of skills and tricks. These videos are sold internationally. She recently appeared three times on Animal Planet’s Pet Star TV show and won the top place on one of the segments with Cassie, her Black-headed Caique.
Tani’s outstanding results are obtained by knowledge and skill, never by cruel methods. The adoration her birds so obviously show is further proof of the worth of this kind of training. Her performing birds are also her companions and share her life, including sharing meals with her and her family.
Growing up with many animals, Tani found that the most interesting part of owning animals was training them. The first pets she can remember were bantam chickens, which she carried around with her, taught to come when called, and trained to pick at spiders discovered in the house. Soon the neighborhood dogs were coming when she called and were performing simple tricks she taught them.
Finally she got her own dog, a pint-size, wire-haired fox terrier, and they became inseparable companions. She started honing her skills, and soon the dog was performing an amazing number of tricks. She won her first contest at age seven showing all the tricks her dog could do at a pet competition. She never looked back. She has trained enumerable animals since then and won many prizes.

Diane Grindol grew up in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. She met a male cockatiel named Clement when she moved to Monterey, California, in 1982 and within a couple weeks acquired her own normal gray hen, which turned out to be a life-altering event. Dacey lived for twenty-two years and added her wisdom to many projects.
Diane wrote a pet column for the American Cockatiel Society for six years and produced a set of videos about Cockatiel care and breeding in 1988. She founded the Monterey Bay Cage Bird Club and was its program coordinator for ten years. She edited and published a companion bird journal, Bird World, for two years.
Diane traveled to Guatemala in 1993 with a UC Davis field biologist to observe parrots in the wild, an inspiring and treasured experience in her bird life. Since 1996 Diane has coordinated companion bird seminars in California, Seattle, and Chicago.
She frequently speaks to bird clubs and at national conventions or seminars. Since 1995 Diane has written a column for Bird Talk Magazine. She currently is the Web editor of for BowTie, Inc. Her other books include The Complete Book of Cockatiels, Cockatiels For Dummies, Birds Off The Perch, and Teaching Your Bird to Talk. Diane lives on the Monterey Peninsula, California, and shares her life with a small flock of Cockatiels, a Blue-headed Pionus parrot, and a guinea pig.

Table of Contents




1 The Advantages of Trick Training Your Parrot.

Benefits to You.

Benefits to Your Bird.


Making Life Easier.

A New Experience for You.

Bird Ambassadorship: Getting Out with Your Parrot.

Keep Your Expectations in Check.

2 Preparations for Training.

Early-Bird Training.

Tameness Scale.

Any Age Bird Can Be Trained.

The Training Area.

Training Rewards for Your Bird.

Food as a Training Tool.

Training Sessions.

How Many Trainers?

Trimming Wing Feathers.

The T-Stand.

3 Training Basics.


Shaping a Behavior.

Physical Assistance (Molding).


Capturing a Behavior.

Clicker Training.

Operant Conditioning.

Partial Extinction.

Cues: Verbal and Physical.


4 Necessary Obedience Skills (Husbandry Behaviors).

Step Up.

Come and Perch.


Go to Your Cage.

Potty Training.

Nail Trimming.

Wing Trimming.

Getting into a Carrier.


Moving from Place to Place.

5 Tricks That Don’t Require Props.

First Training Lessons.

The Turn Around.

The Wave.

Shake Hands.

Review of First Training Session.

High Five.

The Kiss.

Nod Head Yes.

Shake Head No.

Take a Bow.

Big Eagle.

Flap Wings.

6 Teaching the Basic Retrieve Command.

First Retrieve Lessons.

Bring It to Me.

Planning Ahead for Other Tricks.

Moving the Object Around.

Card Tricks.

7 Simple Tricks Based on the Retrieve.


Wastepaper into a Wastepaper Basket.


Ring on the Peg.

Rings on the Peg by Color.

Rings on the Peg by Size.

Ring on Your Finger.

Lei on a Doll.

Stacking Cups.

Coins in a Bank.

Letter in a Mailbox.

Puzzle Board—Learning Shapes.

The Shell Game.

Ringing a Hanging Bell.

Retrieving a Dumbbell.

Retrieving a Dumbell Over a Hurdle.

Lifting a Barbell.

8 Advanced Tricks Based on the Retrieve.

Pulling a Pull Toy.

Pulling a Wagon.

Variations of Pulling a Wagon.

Pushing a Grocery Cart.

Pushing a Baby Carriage.0

Pushing a Ball.



Rolling Out a Carpet.

Raising a Flag.

Carrying a Banner or a Rod.

Changing a Marquee.

Displaying a Sign.

Putting a Hat on a Rack.

Opening a Mailbox.

Riding a Scooter.

Riding a Skateboard.

Turning a Crank.

9 Miscellaneous Tricks.

Playing Dead.

Rolling Over.


Headstand on Table.

Headstand on Hand.

Climbing a Ladder.

Climbing a Rope or a Pole.

Sliding Down a Pole.

Climbing Rings.

Hauling Up a Bucket.

Jumping Through a Hoop.

Ringing a Service Bell.


Riding a Bicycle.

10 Innovative Tricks.


Scratching Head.

Placing Object Under Wing.

Putting Foot to Beak.

Dancing, Bobbing, and Weaving.


Nodding Head Yes.

Shaking Head No.

Raising the Ruff or Neck Feathers.

11 Chaining Tricks.

Putting It All Together.

Still More . . . .

Final Touches.

Chains of Tricks.

12 Verbalizations and Talking.

You Are Already Training Your Parrot.

Training Your Parrot to Talk.

Once More, with Meaning.

Talking Back.

The Model/Rival Method.

The Positive Reward Method.


13 Making Props.

Using Props.

Getting Assistance.

Making Your Own Props.

T-Stand or Training Perch.

Floor Stand.

Table Perch.

Ring on the Peg.

Puzzle Board.

Basketball Hoop.

Shell Game.

Piggy Bank.


Soccer Field.

Hat Rack.


Appendix A: Resources.

Appendix B: Places You Can See Performing Birds.

Appendix C: Glossary.


About the Authors.

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