There’s a reason there are so many training products out there on the market today – and it’s because “luring” a bird with food doesn’t accomplish anything when you test it against actually teaching the bird via other training methods.
So why not lure your bird with food? Doesn’t it make teaching it go through a tunnel easier if the bird can just follow a stick of millet? Maybe at that exact point in time it makes it seem easier but in the long run, it won’t make teaching the next behavior any easier.
Luring doesn’t teach the bird anything, it’s merely chasing the food. But when you use actual training methods to teach your bird to think about what it has to do to earn the reward, it teaches the bird how to learn.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.