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When you're training your parrot, you'll want to set aside regular times during your day during which you can work with your animal. You'll also want to have plenty of treats on hand to reward good behavior.

** Warn your parrot you are about to open its cage. Parrots are territorial. They want to be in charge of their cage. Most parrot trainers first try to give them a signal that they're about to open their cage by saying "Set Up" or "Up, Up." Then open their cage, put your hand out and let it walk out onto your hand. If you say "Set Up" each time before you open the cage, it will get the idea that you are ready for it to come out of its house.

** Use a stick instead of your hand. Parrots are known to snap at anything that annoy them. And a hand reaching into their cages often does just that. So, many trainers have gone to using a stick instead of a hand from which the parrot can learn commands. You'll want to decide whether you'll use stick training early on, though, as you don't want it to think your hand is not a good place to sit.

** Use short commands. Parrots understand and can best mimic short words opposed to longer commands. Use one-syllable words, when possible. There really are no words that are wrong to use, except for "shhh." This noise reminds parrots of the sounds its natural enemies make in the wild. It may cause your parrot to grow frightened.

** You may want to hold your parrot next to your body while training it. While some people think it's okay to train parrots while they sit on their shoulders, it can have a detrimental effect later. When they are trained sitting on a person's shoulder, parrots often later show an aggressive behavior toward their owner and others.