How to train my lovebird to like being petted?

by Peachy
(Makati City, Philippines)

When Kiko was a baby, i would scratch the back and sides of his head and he would tilt it all over, to let me scratch the sides he wanted.
Nowadays, although he still really likes being with me, eats breakfast with me, likes to perch on my shoulder, wrist or hand when i'm doing something, he backs away when i try to scratch his head.
How can i train him to like being petted and to return the affection?

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Dec 17, 2008
Lovebird doesn't like to be petted
by: Tracie

Some birds just don't like to be pet. I don't know that you can "teach" a bird to "like" to be petted. You can teach the bird to allow you to pet him by offering treats when you touch him.

We have a Bourke's Parakeet that loves to be with us all day long, but does NOT like to be petted. The only petting I get out of him is when I pet him as he jumps to my shoulder.

Because I respect that he does not like this, I will not force the issue and "train" him to accept my touching him like this. I certainly wouldn't want someone to bribe me to be hugged. YUK!

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