Welcome to my parrot blog, where I share insights with other and would-be parrot owners on ways to keep their pet birds happy. I'm not a professional trainer or avian expert; these are just my opinions, observations and insights based on my life with Stewie and Mika, and my efforts to do the very best for my birds. I also read voraciously and will share other cool stuff I find related to parrot ownership and training.
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[…] It’s a little funny since I’m a terrible trainer and Stewie doesn’t do anything super fancy. In that video he’s actually doing most of the stuff wrong. ROFLMAO. When he was supposed to bring the blue ring […]
I just happened to be looking up some pet parrot info on the net and saw your site. Your sun conure is really beautiful and smart. I know he is capable of doing many different things. It just takes discipline and perseverance. I have a one year old green cheek conure named Caillou. He now does more than a dozen different tricks all taught him via clicker and target training. Those little guys are very intelligent, reportedly at the level of a 5 year old child. Here are the tricks Caillou does.
The hoop, ladder and spin around
Putting various toys in a container
Putting several coins in a piggy bank
Climbing a rope
Coming down a slide (this is really cute)
Riding on a toy fire engine with the siren and light going
Riding a scooter
Putting a ring on the peg and taking it off again
Running in a wheel (like the one used for hampsters)
Lying on his back in my hand for a head scratch
Riding a go cart on a track
Taking a very interesting and entertaining shower under a running tap (using the strainer nozzle) in the set tub. This is a real hoot.
He also does some talking but gk’s don’t really have a talking voice. It’s more of a whisper.
So I’d like to encourage you to keep teaching Stewie. If you persist he will really learn. The one thing to remember is insist on doing it properly and they like it that way. Of course a training diet is one of the biggest helps and a set schedule of regular training. If the training diet isn’t used, all they want to do is play funny and do what ever they want to do. Go for it. Good luck.
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Stewie is super cute! I always said “thank you” to my birds when they did the retrieve as well and now they say “thank you” everytime I give them a reward… it’s adorable! I hope Stewie learns it too because it’s to die for, especially when other people hear them say it!