Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Refining Your Lovebirds: Train them up

By Eduardo Gonzalez

Love birds make good, lovable companions for people. However, some traits that they have are less lovable than others, and they could use a little polish.

Train your love birds to follow rules and know what you expect from them. Love birds must respect, for example, the fact that their humans cannot be with them all the time. They must accept this fact. The reason is because love birds want to have a lot of attention, and if they don’t get it, they may become hot heads.

Training them is the only way to minimize any behavioral problems of love birds. By training them, the lovebirds will learn what their humans will permit, and what they won’t permit.

Training begins with the humans making a pledge and a commitment to their pets. It must be a sincere commitment, for everyone to benefit from it. Once this commitment has been made, humans and lovebirds can come together, understand each other, and truly bond.

Screeching. When lovebirds screech, they might be hurt emotionally because their humans are disregarding and neglecting them. Humans must give them attention, but don’t overdo it, or else the lovebirds will be spoiled. If the lovebirds are demanding too much attention, leave them alone. Then, go back when they are not noisy. Withhold their treats for a while. Once they acknowledge that you, their human, are the leader of the flock, then you will have achieved success.
Biting. Lovebirds do bite. It may not be as painful as the bites of bigger parrots, however. Biting is sometimes a way of by which they tell their humans something. Perhaps they want to play. In such case, they can be taken out of their perches, but their humans must not forget that they lead the flock, and the lovebirds must follow their command. Humans must not react excessively to their bites, but must remain calm and composed. When they do this, their lovebirds become aware of the things that they do. It reminds them that they cannot expect to get everything that they desire.
Feather plucking. This may indicate that they may have an illness. Bring them to the vet. The behavior could be the result of emotional problems that they are encountering. Perhaps they are not getting the right amount of interaction with their humans. Start playing with and training your lovebirds, and their problems can be resolved.

Training your lovebirds properly is the best method by which you can refine a love bird’s behavior. It teaches your lovebirds what kinds of behavior are acceptable to you, and it boosts sincerity and trust between lovebirds and owners.

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