Khush is an alexandrine parakeet who is less than a year old who came from a terrible home where water was only ever used as a scare tactic. However, parrots are SO INTELLIGENT, that if you take the time to train them and desensitize them to it in a positive way, they can learn to enjoy water again as a bathing tool! Water should never be used as punishment.

Thank you to Haley for bringing Khush in and trusting me to work with him! Keep in mind in this session I am morphing and changing the behavior I am looking for using “capturing” (which means to wait for a behavior to naturally present itself rather than manipulating the animal’s body to achieve it)

With capturing you can have much longer training sessions vs if you are doing what I refer to as a “formal” session where you are training an actual trick behavior like the wave, spin around, retrieve, etc.

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    11 replies to "Teaching a Bird to Take a Bath | Alexandrine PROVES This Works!"

    • Twisted

      is ending on a good note better than knowing a boundary? or am i seeing finding the boundary as not good note wrong?

    • cher Lynn

      Hearing how this beautiful boy was abused broke my heart, I'm so happy he has such a loving family now that he trusts and can thrive with is just so beautiful. Your training is so gentle, kind and teaches the sweet birds they are safe. ❤️

    • Carol Hartley

      You can tell he really likes a bath, i think now he will certainty want more baths in the future, now it's more about getting a bath than getting a treat, ( or both) lol , thanx to you Jamie, happy bird , bet he will be dreaming of more spray baths, once again Jamie you really have the birď "education"!😁

    • Jennifer Rubino

      Thank you for this video. I have a cockatiel that refuses to bathe. I don’t know if he’s afraid or just doesn’t enjoy it but he moves away when I spray him. I also leave a bowl of water at the bottom of the cage but he’s never bathed before. The only time I’ve seen a bathing response from him is when I fed him a wet basil leaf once and he tired rubbing up against it. My baby cockatiel tries to bathe in her water dish and will try to splash the water onto herself and hold out her wings for a bath so I get the spray bottle and she loves it. I have tried rewarding my adult cockatiel after spraying him with his favorite treat but I realize now I might have to reward him just for staying calm while I spray the bottle but not directly at him until he starts to associate it with positive rewards. I really hope this works!

    • Clarissa Cross

      My african grey is afraid of the sound of the spray bottle but then I found another spray bottle which is electric and rechargeable and makes very little sound and not the hissing sound of a normal spray bottle and it works for bathing the bird

    • Boobie Rubi

      That alexandrine I believe is a female I have one myself and the females are all green and the males have a pink and black ring around their necks . Unless hes a baby and he didn’t get his rings yet

    • Karina Bonilla

      How fricking precious !!!

    • Leonard

      What kind of treats do you use?

    • Aditya Bhardwaj

      Gotta try it out cuz my Greys really really dirty and definitely needs a bath , funnily enough my other parrots love baths

    • Zuhu ♥️

      Alexandrine are super adorable!! ❤️

    • Kaiyi D. H

      This worked for my cockatiel thank you so much!
      He was so happy he tired himself out and napped for the rest of the day after the bath session XD
      He seems to be more comfortable around me now too 🙂

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