The 5 Biggest Parrot Training Myths

Blue throated macaw

Parrot Training Myth #1: It takes a long time to train a parrot.

Almost every parrot I’ve personally worked with that belong to our clients and customers, have been able to show improvement, progress and success immediately within beginning training.

Most parrots show positive results from training within their very first training session!

And most basic behaviors can be taught within a couple days to a bird. I’ve been able to teach the “wave” to a bird in less than two minutes! Success happens fast with parrots and they love training once they’re opened up to the world of it.

It’s best to keep training sessions SHORT and end the session before the bird does. This will leave you both wanting more! Most training sessions are only a few minutes long, and shouldn’t exceed 15 minutes (sometimes sessions go longer because the routine you’re asking is longer or the reward process is longer for birds that are severely phobic and don’t take treats well – I’ve also worked with birds who eat realllllly slowly…)

Hyacinth Macaw

Parrot Training Myth #2: You can’t train a bird without getting bit.

Super basic training techniques like “touch training” and the “power pause” are techniques you can use and never have to worry about being bitten by your bird.

These are techniques you can use with your bird still INSIDE their cage, and yet see positive results within minutes. The Power Pause literally takes 15 minutes with most birds while touch training happens even faster.

Congo African Grey Parrot

Parrot Training Myth #3: Some birds are just too old to train.

A bird is NEVER too old to start training, and neither are you! So don’t let your bird’s age stand in the way of its success. A client of BirdTricks taught her 87 year old macaw to be quiet on cue and it had never learned anything before. Anything is possible, no matter what your bird’s age is.

I taught a 35+ year old blue fronted amazon how to freefly outside safely. You can watch a fun video of him here, he’s famous for being the “Interrupting Parrot”.

When it comes to parrot training, age doesn’t matter.

Blue and Gold Macaw

Parrot Training Myth #4: I can’t get near my bird, therefore I can’t start training it.

If your bird has an issue with you getting close to it, we have techniques you can use. We focus on all areas of fear with birds, as well as aggression. We even worked out these strategies LIVE at our Seminar in Florida and talk about the “3 Phases of Fear and Mistrust” and how to find out which phase you’re at, so you can have success with your bird.

A very common phase is the “Getting Closer Phase” where you can’t even get NEAR your bird without it lunging, attacking, screaming or running away. Both fear and aggression play a role in this phase and it’s something you really CAN work through.

Blue and Gold Macaw

Parrot Training Myth #5: Training parrots is hard.

It’s doesn’t take a rocket scientist to be able to train your parrot. Techniques are easy for you to understand and apply and we make it as easy as possible for you apply the techniques you learn to your bird for the ultimate success.

There’s no fancy lingo that you can’t understand, we put it very basic so you aren’t overwhelmed (and neither is your bird) – instead training is made fun and interactive for you and your bird and you don’t have to spend all day working on it, either!

A few minutes a day is all your parrot will want to train anyway, so you can still maintain a social life. Though whether or not you choose to after discovering the fun filled world of parrot training… is up to you.

The hardest part? Getting started. For a variety of training tools and fun bond building games to get you started, check out our store.



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