How to Teach Your Parrot to Dunk a Basketball

Learn how to teach your parrot to dunk a basketball from Parrot Wizard Michael Sazhin in this Howcast video.

Alright. Kili, my Senegal parrot here, is going to help you teach your parrot how to play basketball. Alright. It’s just like the fetch trick, where you’re going to start with teaching your bird to fetch the ball to you.

Kili, fetch. Good bird.

Once you remind it of the fetch trick that it already knows, you can teach it to put it in the basketball hoop. What I’m going to start with is by lowering the hoop and putting it down low so that it’s easy for the bird to get it in. Some hoops, like this one, are adjustable. It makes it much easier to teach the trick.

Fetch. I’m just going to have her fetch it to my hand over the basketball hoo,p since it’s something she already knows how to do. Just keep practicing where the bird puts the ball in your hand.

Kili, go fetch. Good bird.

Eventually, you can trick your bird into thinking it’s going to put it into your hand, but you take your hand away and it puts it in the basketball hoop instead. That’s your chance to reward and show it did the right thing.

Kili, go fetch.

Then, I’m just going to trick her to think it’s going in my hand. Take my hand away sooner so she puts it in the basketball hoop instead until she’s doing it on her own.

Kili, go fetch. Good bird.

On a more advanced level, you can teach your parrot to fly to get the ball and dunk it as high as you possibly want.

All right, Kili, go fetch. Kili, go fetch. Go fetch. Hey, good bird.

That’s how you can teach your parrot to dunk a basketball.