Blue and Gold Macaw Parrot Training

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Blue and Gold Macaw Parrot Training

The Blue and Gold Macaw has to be one of my all time favourite parrots! Their scientific name is Ara ararauna  and in the wild they are found in the rainforests of tropical South America.

The Blue and Gold Macaw is a very popular pet bird and is known for its generally laid back personality. They are quite large birds and can reach overall lengths of up to 86cm or 34” and their large beak designed for cracking nuts can be quite intimidating. This large beak of a Blue and Gold Macaw can also do tremendous damage should you get   bitten by one so it is essential that owners of these beautiful creatures learn how to train them properly.

The Blue and Gold Macaw breeds readily in captivity and hence they are easily available for the pet trade in the USA. Unfortunately a lot of people take on a Blue and Gold Macaw without realising the challenge. The size of the beak of a Blue and Gold Macaw alone can be very intimidating and without the proper training they may become unruly and hard to handle.

A lot of behavioural issues with a Blue and Gold Macaw or any other parrot for that matter arise, because of the inexperience of the owner.

We must not lose sight of the fact that even a captive bred Blue and Gold Macaw is still essentially a wild animal with all its wild instincts in play. There has been no domestication whatsoever.

The good news is that with proper training a Blue and Gold Macaw of any age can become a well socialised member of the family.

If you take on a young Blue and Gold Macaw there will hopefully be no behavioural issue as such so you can just continue good socialising training techniques. If you have an older Blue and Gold Macaw that has been re homed a few times it may take a little longer to build trust.

The exciting thing is that by using Positive Reinforcement Training techniques based on scientific principles to train your Blue and Gold Macaw, all issues like biting, screaming or fear of hands etc can be overcome!

I often hear people say I don’t want to teach my Blue and Gold Macaw to perform tricks on cue; I just want to have a loving pet! The important thing to realise is that by teaching your Blue and Gold Macaw tricks you open up a line of communication where the bird has choices. They can choose to perform the trick or not, let’s face it you can’t make a Blue and Gold Macaw do anything it does not want too; at least you should not try!

By making the outcome or consequence of performing the trick we cue positive for the Blue and Gold Macaw, it is more likely to choose to do it. By giving our Blue and Gold Macaw power of their environment builds trust with us and a great relationship can start to flourish.

Now I, like you, have read many an advert claiming to have some “magic silver bullet technique” that will tame and train a Blue and Gold Macaw within minutes, please don’t fall for these claims.

Just like when meeting a new person, it takes time and effort to become friends, the same goes when befriending a Blue and Gold Macaw, we can’t make them like us, we have to earn that right.

By training your Blue and Gold Macaw to perform tricks on cue using techniques based on scientific principles, you will be well on your way to a lifetime of happiness with your parrot!

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