My Lori fights and wrestles with me!!! HELP
Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:07 AM
At first I thought it was cute but now, every time I go to get him out he starts to wrestle with me. He will playfully bite me, not that it hurts but its rather annoying.
My kids now dont like to play with him as he can sometimes get a little rough.
I know he is only playing but Its so annoying.
Its making us not want to get him out.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:40 AM
Lories are quite active birds and need constant things to keep them busy. Do you ever play with your lory using foot toys and baubles? What about redirecting his behavior by teaching him tricks?
Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:36 AM
Ok so I try and play with him with toys but he just wants me. I seem to be his toy!
Can you give me some good tricks to teach him and how to teach him, this is my first Lori.
I just want to really enjoy him
Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:59 PM
There's a lot of websites, articles, videos etc with great tricks to teach parrots!
Here's one site with some training tips
Websites that talk about positive reinforcement (which goes a long ways in training)
Robin Deutsch and Melinda Johnson
There's a lot out there on positive reinforcement that may be of great help as well. Not too many people in America have lories so I'll guess that you are in Australia? If so, you may want to look for some books in your country that may be able to help you out in how to interact positively with your lory. These books should also cover some good training tips and directions, and how to do them.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:59 AM
Posted 17 September 2011 - 06:27 PM
Yeh im in Australia! And yes I have been doing some research and Im going to try clicker training? Do any of you know anything about it?
Clicker training is a great tool, and it's based on the foundations of positive reinforcement!
Found the blog I was looking for of an Australian Bird Trainer.
And his website
If he's not near you, then he may be able to help you find someone who is.
Posted 19 September 2011 - 01:48 PM
This reminds me of my macaw. She's a little over three (still a baby as far as macaws go) and loves to play wrestle and nip and bite while she's doing it. Although it's annoying I have no intention of stopping it because I know that rough play is a part of of growing up pretty much for every juvenile animal. It coincides with brain devleopment (cerebellum) and promotes intelligence. As in when our parent's told us "go outside and play." They probably didn't know how right they were. So, if this is the way birds express it, or need to in order to grow up normal then it's something I have to deal with. Especially as a bird owner that wants his pet to have good emotional welfare.
I remember when I was little. If my parent's would put me in a room with my friends/cousins all we ever did was beat the crap out of each other.....play fighting, wrestling, fake sword fighting and such. I've seen Scarlet macaws in the wild and they literally fight each other (and these are bonded pairs). Here's a thread started by another member who filmed lories fighting in the wild.
I guess being rough is normal to some extent.
Sometimes these behaviors are a need and imo you can't back yourself in to a corner by either denying the need because it's annoying (ie. by refusing to interact with your bird in this way) or resistng another bird-companion (because your bird might need one). I think your bird probaly needs and outlet for this behavior one way or the other....(maybe he'll grow out of it on his own). And we owe the freedom of natural behaviors to any animal we keep captive. It's the compromise on our part imo. Training might alleviate some energy or distract but even a well mannered human child still has to run and play.
Posted 19 September 2011 - 02:25 PM
When I'm out with my bird I unfortunately have to constantly tell children that they can't touch her....adults too alot of the time. I think the plight of alot of parrot owners is that their birds don't interact in a way that is more human. Or, pleasing to us.
Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:19 PM
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