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Truman, my Cape parrot, is going to help me demonstrate to you how to teach your parrot to wave. So, the way that it works is it’s requisite on the parrot knowing how to step up. So, your parrot should know how to step up onto your finger, like this.

And teaching it to wave and to pick up its foot in a waving motion is a matter of it just trying to step up on your hand. And then you don’t let it step up, so it has to pick up its foot to try to step up and that’s the way you’re going to teach the process. Truman, step up. Up. Good boy. So, he’s getting a little mixed up with the wings trick that he already knows. But when you’re teaching an additional trick it’s important to work on the trick that you’re teaching at that moment and not let the bird get confused with prior tricks.

So, we’re going to try to get him to wave again. Truman, step up. Truman, step up. Up. Good. So, as soon as he picks that foot up to try to step on my finger, that’s when I’m going to click and reward him with it. Alright. Truman, wave. Wave. Step up. Good boy.

So, I’m basically incorporating two things here. I’m still telling him to step up because that’s something he already knows, but I’m also telling him to wave, because that’s what the trick is going to be called and what he’s going to be learning to do. Truman, wave. Step up. Good boy. So, you’re going to continue practicing with your bird until he can pick up his foot, pick his foot up whenever you bring your approaching finger. Truman, up. Up. Truman, up. Up. Truman, step up. Good boy.

So, finally, you’re going to receive the cue. We’re going to show your finger from further away like you’re going to get him to step up and show him the cue. Wave. Wave. Good boy. So, you’re going to pretend like you’re going to get him to step up, but because he’s used to seeing your finger approach him to step up, he’s going to step up his foot. That’s your chance to show him the wave signal instead and get him to pick up his foot. Truman, wave. Good. Truman, wave. Good job.

So, you’re going to be showing him that waving signal, which is a step up at first, but you’re going to be switching it to your other hand so that eventually you can just have him wave without having to show the finger for him to step up. That’s how you teach your parrot to wave.

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  1. Abdullah Bin Humayun says:

    what to use for a reward??

  2. albert mutunga says:

    If you are interested in training a parrot the best info that i've had was by using the Parrot ploy plan (just google it) – I found it the best treatment i've followed.

  3. Meklaudd says:

    I've been investigating parrot training and found a fantastic website at Parrot Ploy Plan (check it out on google)

  4. hey ,if anyone else is searching for parrot training tricks try Pycanta Parrot Tips Protocol (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my brother in law got excellent results with it.

  5. FluffyTailz says:

    Tysm this was really helpful!😊

  6. Alex Short says:

    What if you don’t have a clicker?

  7. Daniel Pereida says:

    Every time Truman did a trick and got a treat, he would do a 360° on the perch I thought that was super cute

  8. ITS ME LPS! says:

    Parrot – “stop talking to that camera and just give me the dang food man!”

  9. Gee Cole says:

    I have a medium to strong bond with my green cheeked conure and she got the gist of this trick within three or four tries. I didn’t want to do too much at once as she could lose interest, but after three days she has basically got it down !! We’re fine tuning it now, as 3 times outta 10 she needs the finger movement of my opposite hand to encourage her to lift her foot. But excellent training method, and extremely effective

  10. wow, look. a weeb. says:

    my budgie hates me but still steps up perfectly in like 3 months of having her

  11. Ibraheem H. Jamal says:

    Thanks so much this was helpful I taught my bird this trick it is a cockatiel and it took me approximately 2 hours and it mastered that move

  12. RockerBoys b says:

    what r u giving it as a treat

  13. Mustafa Al-shammary says:

    Thats a quick video hitting the point.. Great job

  14. Cannon SWE says:

    what is thath ticker fing hie has in his hand?

  15. sietske schipper says:

    My Bird step with one feet on my finger But He don't wave. What can I chanche? That He tills his paw up without my finger?

  16. Carol Abano says:

    is ur birds name tremon?, it is the sound its screeeching

  17. Political Muscle says:

    I taught my Sun Conure how to do this in less than 24 hours!!!! Worked like a charm and I used dehydrated fruit from his feed, broken into tiny pieces, as a reward. Me and his bond is really strong though, and I think that played a huge role in his learning so quickly.

  18. Amirah Aziz says:

    does anyone know how to get a parrot to fly to you or at least come to you when in the cage x?

  19. Gallifrey Lyrics says:

    What do you use as treats?

  20. Ash Catxox says:

    I love your parrot lol

  21. Annie Laster says:

    I thought.. it was the wave … like the dance.. like the whip

  22. Crystal Lam says:

    hey ,if anyone else is searching for how to teach your parrot tricks try Knewreck Parrot Training Guide (do a search on google ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my brother in law got cool results with it.

  23. Jonathan Arroyo says:

    Does this trick only work with a parrot?

  24. Lama Radwan says:

    what type is this parrot ??

  25. Yusuf Huzaiffa says:

    Which breed of Parrot is that? Is it Brown headed Parrot? 

  26. What do you reward TRUMAN with?

  27. Piotr Kłosowski says:

    What do You feed him/her with as a reward?

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