Perch Training

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Its also a good idea to start in a neutral room –the bathroom or an extra bedroom works well–as does any room that is not “marked” as your territory or his territory. As stated before, never allow a Quaker to sit in a position of dominance with its eyes higher than yours– you are relinquishing control when this occurs, and attempting to remove a Quaker from a position of dominance or control to an area of subordination is perceived by your Quaker as a threat, and will be treated accordingly.

Teaching your bird to step up and down on command is also your first lesson in establishing dominance. You can choose a hand help perch or stick to start with, or use your index finger, depending on how tame your bird is, and how brave you are! If your bird is a biter start with a light colored towel placed over your hand. You should never use gloves as most birds are fearful of them. IF your Quaker has not been handled much, I would start with the hand held perch or the towel method. Begin by teaching your Quaker to step up on command.

The perch or stick is used as an intermediary device: the Quaker will first learn to step on the perch and later onto your hand. Slowly approach the Quaker with the perch/stick held at waist level. Standing next to the bird, hold the perch in a horizontal position in front of the Quaker’s feet. Firmly and gently place the perch against your birds chest. This will encourage the bird to step up onto the perch. While doing this, use the verbal “Step Up” command. Speak in a firm, calm voice. Keep the perch steady and talk quietly, in reassuring tones to your Quaker as he sits on the perch.

Remember to keep the teaching session short, about 10-15 minutes, a couple of times a day until he understands the commands. Quakers are exceptionally bright birds and it doesn’t take long at all for them to learn this. When your Quaker becomes comfortable sitting on the perch, coax him to sit on your finger. Use the same method as you used earlier using your finger instead of the perch. “Ladder” him from hand to hand several times using the “Up” command. Once your Quaker sits on your finger and sees that your hands have not harmed it, he will begin to trust your hands.


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