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    How to Get Your Cockatiel to Talk and Do Astonishing Tricks E-book on the Feathered Family: All about Cockatiel Training http://www.CockatielSeccrets.com © March 2004.    Table of Contents Talk, Play and Trick:..................................................................................... 3 Rock-n-roll with Your Pet............................................................................. 3 Teach your Cockatiel to Talk..................................................................... 4 Talking Timetable ..................................................................................... 5 The Importance of Interaction.................................................................. 6 Training methods...................................................................................... 6 Starting the training schedule................................................................... 9 Teaching Responsive Conversation......................................................... 11 Important Guidelines.............................................................................. 12 Clicker Training ................................................................................... 13 Target Training.................................................................................... 14 Trick Training.......................................................................................... 15 Trick #1: Perch on T-stand.................................................................. 16 Trick #2: The Wave .......................................................................... 17 Trick #3: “Shake Hands ..................................................................... 17 Trick #4: “Retrieving Objects”............................................................. 17 Trick #5: “Marble and Cup Trick”......................................................... 19 Maintaining Your Cockatiel......................................................................... 21 Bird Upkeep (wing clipping, nail clipping, beak, etc):.......................... 21 Potty Training:..................................................................................... 23 Giving Proper Exercise to Cockatiels.......................................................... 25 Interpreting Cockatiel Body Languages...................................................... 27 To Conclude................................................................................................ 29 Acknowledgements.................................................................................... 30    Talk, Play and Trick: Rock-n-roll with Your Pet Once your Cockatiel recovers from his behavioral problem and begins to like you and trust you, you will have a blast! First and foremost, begin by exploiting its speech potential. Well, what did you buy a Cockatiel for if you didn't want to hear it talk and mimic your voice? Although young birds can be trained, only some Cockatiel species are good at imitating human sounds. While training Cockatiels, positive techniques are the most effective. Here are a few terms that you need to familiarize with: 1. For every action there is a motivation : Cockatiels, like humans, do things for a reason. Understand and apply this concept as a key to know your Cockatiel better. If it bites you, there is something that motivated it to do so. Instead of scolding it, find out what caused it to bite someone so familiar. 2. Own responsibility for your bird's behavior  : You must take responsibility for having shaped and stylized your bird's mannerism. So, if your bird does something you do not like, try to understand what motivates the bird to behave the way it did. This will help you to train your pet Cockatiel and develop a better relationship. 3. Never make a Cockatiel do anything it does not want to do : Cockatiels do not react to punishment. It is not in their nature. Instead, teach your Cockatiel better by rewarding anything good it does.    4. Reward : Reward your bird when it does something that you want and ignore it when it does something you do not want. That will show what you approve of and what you don't. Punishment is beyond the beautiful bundle of colors! Teach your Cockatiel to Talk  As a Cockatiel owner, the most difficult part is to teach your bird to talk. This is a demanding task. You have to be disciplined and an affectionate trainer. You have to devise ways and means to entice your Cockatiel to imitate new sounds. And much to your frustration, you will soon discover that teaching the first word to your avian pet is probably the most difficult task you have ever undertaken. But, don't give up. You will forget all the difficulties when you hear your bird answering the door-bell even before you open your mouth! It is quite obvious that you need loads of patience and perseverance. You have to understand and believe that Cockatiels are nothing different from small children. They do not have a vocabulary of their own. They will learn to talk only by imitating what they hear. And to help them practise certain sounds, you have to repeat phrases and words, over and over again. The more they hear certain words, the more likely they are to mimic them and remember them. Cockatiels learn to ape new sounds by close observation. Therefore, building a good rapport with your Cockatiel from day one by chatting it up is one of the best approaches. Tell your pet about each and everything you do in simple colloquial words, as if you are teaching a child, but never in a child-like intonation. Make it a listener to everything you have to say about anything and everything. And you will soon discover that teaching a bird need not be a task. It can be great fun.  And, within a very short period, you will make a wonderful friend who, unlike most humans, will be ready to listen to all your problems.
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