As some of you know, I am now the proud owner of a green parakeet named Kermit. Parakeets, they say, are easy to train. They’ll perch on your shoulder and eat out of your hands and play with your hair (and poop on you, but that’s another story). I read all the training information I could get my hands on. Evidently, though, Kermit did not.
I can get him to perch on my shoulder, but only until he senses my wandering attention, slaps me in the head with a wing, and flutters away back to his ultra luxurious cage. He won’t eat out of my hand, but he will squawk in my ear when I don’t move back toward his cage fast enough to please him.
My nephew got a yellow-green parakeet a week after I did. Her name is Zoot. I told him how he needed to approach her, how he needed to coax her to eat and to trust him and gradually let her out of her cage, etc. He tried, but he’s ten – so he skipped a few steps and went right to the out-of-the-cage, on-the-shoulder stage. I figured he would never be able to train her that way. Now Zoot rides around on his shoulder, eats out of his hand, and kisses his cheek on command.
This does not seem fair to me. I did everything the experts recommended, followed all the steps, and I get slapped in the head. My nephew just went right for the prize, and Zoot sits on his head while he’s reading.
If you have a pet, do you train it by the book, or take it as it comes? Do your pets behave, or are they the rulers of your house? Any parakeet training hints?