Training a Conure in 4 Easy Steps
Training a Conure is easy as they are capable of performing tricks which are quite unimaginable. They are capable of sliding down slides, dunking basketball in hoops, flying through rings, playing dead, picking up objects and bringing to owner etc. All Conure owners need to learn is a few basic training techniques which later on can be used to train them to any trick they please. These small birds can learn complex tricks very easily.
Conures require at least three hours of socialization and dedication each day, and what a better way to utilize it then to train your bird!
1. Teaching how to Jump
To teach the bird to jump on command they should be placed on a perch and encouraged to jump on the other one by showing enthusiasm and hand gestures so the bird understands what the owners expects. When the bird jumps it should be rewarded with praise and treats, and then the process must be repeated. Next the perch can be replaced by a finger, teaching a Conure to jump on the owner!
2. Talking Training
The simplest way to make a Conure talking is to speak with it! This will not only encourage, but greatly cheer the bird up. After many enjoyable, attention receiving sessions the bird will want to interact and at any time will start copying the owner and responding. Birds will not speak unless they are spoken too. Further excitement in an owner’s voice and comments on the bird’s productive input will further encourage it to talk.
All parrots have the ability to talk, some more than other, all that is needed is proper training and patience. Here are some tips to get them talking!
- Record phrases that one wants a bird to learn. Copy these on a CD and play on repeat when owners aren’t directly talking to the bird or the parrot is alone. Within a week’s time a Conure will be heard repeating those phrases. Remember to keep them short and give plenty of rest to the parrot; don’t annoy it with too much repeating of phrases.
- Try to make Conure relate phrase with an action. For example if the word ‘lunch time’ is said every time Conure is fed they might start saying the same when they feel hungry.
- Having a conversation with parrot rather than just talking to it will help the training process. Avoid repeating words again and again but use them while chatting. Always remember saying hellos and goodbyes.
Conure talking is very interesting and the owners feel proud when their little birds are talking in front of guests or friends.
Apart from all the other advantages and amusements a pet Conure gives to its owner, talking is just a cherry on top. Conures might not be the best talkers in the parrot world but they are far from being the worst. It’s typical of Conures to say a few words but some possess larger vocabularies such as the Nanday Conure.
Almost 80% of Conures can talk at least a few words, male Conures have a lead in learning overall vocabulary. Members of the Aratinga group of Conures which include Half-Moon, White Eyed and Cherry Headed Conures have splitting voices, Pyrrura Conures have a lower decibel level and fewer words while Green Cheeked Conures possess the ability to learn the highest vocabulary.
Conures are talented sound effect artists and can mimic human or common household noises, such as sneezes, laughter, door bells etc. Some Conures produce timbre and tones of human conversation in the same way as human babies jargon, they can even babble a running commentary while a people are busy in conversation.
3. Teaching How to Wave
This is a slightly advanced trick and must be taught once the parrot is happy and completely comfortable with the owner, especially with climbing on the owner’s hand.
For this trick the owner must command the parrot to wave and show him by waving his own hands what he means. Next a finger should be extended to the parrot, and as the parrot is about to step on the owner, the finger should be retracted, leaving the parrots foot hanging in the air. Each time this is practiced the same, left or right foot of the parrot should be used, to not confuse him. The word wave can be squealed and treats need to be given to let the parrot know this is what you want and happy you are. Soon after immense practice a Conure will get used to what is expected of him by the word wave and will wave on its own.
Further birds can also be taught to wave each time a person enters the room. At first whenever a person enters the owner must wave themselves and command the parrot to do so as well. Soon the parrot will on its own be waving on each entry. Treats are highly essential, else the parrot may not feel a need to follow commands.
4. Improving Behavior through Training
Training a Conure helps to eliminate many behavioral problems of these birds, such as feather plucking, screeching, biting and thrashing etc. Owners need to show their discouragement after such practices by say no, but never shouting. When a Conure listens to the ‘no’ he should be rewarded to diminish the behavior. The parrot needs to understand that this certain behavior makes his beloved owner unhappy.