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Conure Training

Many people claim that conures are a joy to have. These birds, smart as they are, can also be affectionate and are rewarding to train. Conures belong to the family of avians calls Psittacidae, and with five known genera, are among the most common pet birds of today. Conures can learn to speak, although their voices can sound very much different from other species of parrots. They can also be taught to obey commands and do many tricks, if you as the owner and trainer, are well-informed on how to do so. If you already own a conure, and are thinking about honing its skills and training it, here are some helpful hints to get you started.

Conures are very intelligent birds, and can easily learn by the proper kind of training. In the observation of the social behavior of parrots, they have been noted to crave attention, and may get bored easily. For this reason, conures like to exercise and be active, and they are peaceful birds as well. You will very rarely observe conures fighting with other birds in his cage. They are very social and playful, which is why toys and other items are great additions to cages and aviaries to keep conures preoccupied.

First things first, if you want to train your conure, you must clip its wings. There is a dedicated section on this site to provide you information on why and how clipping conure wings are done. Simply put, wing clipping helps you handle the conure more easily, and it will not harm the bird in any way.

Next thing you should remember is to begin training in a neutral place. Neutral places mean that there is very minimal distraction, such as intense light, noise, items, or open windows and doors. Some sources say that the bathroom is a good place to begin, as the space is small, and you can easily close windows and confine the movements of your conure. Place a perch in the bathroom and cover the mirrors and glass surfaces with cloth.

When you are beginning your training, have some conure treats on hand, such as nuts or sunflower seeds. Be gentle and patient when handling your conure, as it can easily get distracted or alarmed by anger. When you allow the conure to sit on the perch and it flies off, pick him up gently and place him back on the perch. You may need to do this several times for it to understand that this is what you want him to do. Next, place another perch near its chest, and instruct the bird to go up. You can use a keyword for this, and you can place a treat above its head to motion the conure to ascend. When the conure has understood the concept of the climbing command, you can use your hand or finger as substitute for the perch.

Allot about 10 to 15 minutes per day for training. Always include play along with your sessions, and always add verbal encouragement to your conure. It will be able to retain its lessons better this way.


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