Twitter user @Apex_sH recently posted a video of his niece this week.
And while this seems like standard fare — sharing cute videos of your niece — it was anything but.
In the video, the little girl can be seen standing on a bed while her bird is perched on the bed frame.
And as she turns to face the camera — she lets out a shriek.
Without missing a beat, her bird then launches itself at the poor person who was recording the video.
And while we are not sure the status of said person — the photo below is hilarious.
Feeling tempted yet to train your own bird?
As birds have very long lifespans — the lessons you teach your little friend can make a world of difference.
We have a few tips on how to get started if this is your first rodeo, thanks to PET MD.
Prior to starting any training with your bird, be sure you have the appropriate tools and come prepared with the following:
- Treats, such as nuts or fruits, that are not part of your bird’s regular meals
- A sturdy perch or dowel that you can hold in your hand
- A small, light colored towel
- A small sized stick or dowel
- Bitter apple spray for deterring your bird from biting and chewing inappropriate objects (e.g., window blinds, furniture)
- Bird harness/leash (choose the size according to your type of bird)
- Pet carrier or travel cage (for when you need to travel)
The second tip? Be realistic with your pet’s limits. While your bird is an individual with its own personality and preferences, some commands will take longer to teach than others. And other times — your bird may just flat out refuse to do them no matter how good the treat offered is. Another piece of the puzzle? Just like you when there are moments in the day where your mind is sharp – your bird will have moments when it is more receptive to learning a being handled.
“Pay attention to your bird’s cues and learn to recognize them. Your bird will feel safer and more trusting when it knows it has no need to feel anxious. Keep the training sessions short and consistent. Ten to fifteen minute sessions spaced out two or three times a day should be enough.” according to PET MD.
The last tip we will leave you with is this: start with the basics. If you are not already, get comfortable with touching and holding your bird. And be sure to always stand above the bird and never below it. This allows you to remain the “master” in the scenario.
“Birds, no matter how well trained, will bite when they get spooked, and you never want a spooked bird to be in the vicinity of your face. Small birds tend to have smaller and less injurious bites, but still keep this in mind.”
To learn more tips on how to train your bird tricks (and maybe a scream or two) click here.
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