Teach Your Parrot How to "Step Up"

Teach Your Parrot How to "Step Up"

Teaching your pet bird how to step up is an important part of the training process when you bring one home from the pet store or your breeding parrots produced a baby. Some birds are receptive to learning this step of their training and others take a while longer. Picking a time when your bird is more apt to respond to you will give you better results than if your pet is in the middle of a meal or playing in its cage. The successful merging of your goals with the personality of your pet allows for a rewarding training session with your cockatiel or parrot.

Pick “up,” “step up,” and “let's go” as commands that let your bird know when you want it to step up. Move your bird to another location in your home if it isn't receptive to learning how to step up from its cage such as in your dining room or bedroom.

 

Hold your hand or small perch just above your bird's feet, as close to it as you can get to make the processes of stepping up easier for you and your pet. Tell your bird to “step up” and give your pet plenty of praise when it achieves the task. Some bird owners give their bird a treat as a reward for listening to the command. Move to trying to teach your bird to step up from inside its cage as the final part of your training.

 

Put and end to the training session and try again later if your bird isn't responding to what you're trying to tell it. This allows for you and your bird to try again when you're both less stressed, according to an about.com article titled “How Do I Teach My Parrot to Step up?” written by Lianne McLeod, DVM.