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Teach Your Parrot Bowling By Sara Houston

Published on Thursday, 7th May 2020

Bowling
I hope you’re all getting on well with your trick training and it’s inspiring you to train more. In this blog we’re looking at the bowling trick. This is another one of my favourites. It looks great and it’s probably our most requested trick. The great thing is, it’s easy to teach.

Breaking down the trick:
 
Objective: Teach your Parrot to push a ball down the ramp to knock over the bowling pins
You will need: A desktop bowling set, target stick (optional),  treats.

Option 1:
1) Hold your target stick near to the ball
2) Say “go bowl”
3) If they touch the stick, say good or click

Repeat this, getting closer to the ball until they start touching it. They will push it off the top at some point, then only reward when they push it off.

 
Option 2:
1) Hold the ball close to the Parrot
2) Say “go bowl”
3) If they touch it, say good or click
4) Reward

Repeat these steps
Start putting the ball on the ramp and saying “go bowl
 
Stretch Challenge
Can you get your Parrot to bowl standing 1 metre away from you? Can you get them to walk up to it from 30cm away and bowl?

Troubleshooting
My Parrot is scared of the bowling equipment:
Use your target stick to get them to go close to the bowling set. It maybe you get them to move just a step towards it and reward. Then you keep increasing how close you want them to get. They’ll soon be getting super close.



Train together
We can’t wait to see how you get on with this challenge. Don’t forgot to upload to videos use the hashtag #northernparrotstrickacademy and tag us @northernparrots. 


 
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