Petting your bird is not as easy as it seems , but it is more percise and delicate than one thinks. It branches into three main elements : Where to pet your bird , how to pet your bird & how long to pet your bird . There is a downside of petting your bird Unfortunately, people often accidentally stroke their pet birds in a manner that the parrots finds sexually stimulating. The result can be high levels of frustration that can manifest in a variety of negative behaviors, such as serious aggression, excessive screaming and feather destruction.
It is not usually difficult to judge if cockatoos are getting excited, as many pet birds pant when they are being petted — clear evidence of sexual stimulation. The rule of thumb for petting adult pet birds is to stick to the head, and totally avoid stroking down the back, tail, or elsewhere on the bird’s body. Once again: Stick to the head.
In reality, people want to pet animals because it makes people feel good. Studies done in the 80s proved that petting an animal actually lowers the blood pressure of the person doing the petting. To our delight, dogs seem to enjoy being petted, so this is a clear example of a symbiotic relationship, with both parties benefiting from the behavior. Nevertheless, parrots are totally different from dogs, and their differences must be understood and respected.
If your parrot loves to be petted, make certain you are not inadvertently sending a sexual message to it. Make very sure your relationship involves wonderful games, tricks and foraging, rather than just that of stroker and strokee. Parrots are much too intelligent and complex to be satisfied over the long term with a relationship that only entails being petted.
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