It's very important to understand that training a cockatiel takes time and lots of patience. The learning process for a cockatiel is not based in hours or days, but more in months. We often hear from people who ask why their cockatiel has not learn anything, as it already has been two weeks since it got home. To begin with, it takes weeks for a cockatiel just to be safe and comfortable in a new environment. Again time and patience are the key here.
The following are a few tips for getting the most out of your training session with your tiel:
Taking care of a cockatiel starts before you choose one. Make sure before you get a cockatiel that it has been hand raised. A good rule of thumb that has always worked for us is to see if the bird will perch on your finger, if it does, then you are on your way to selecting a very friendly bird.
By all means, take your time and do not surrender to pressure from a breeder or salesperson at a pet shop by telling you that 'they only sell hand raised cockatiels.' This is not always the case.
Be patient and visit as many breeders or stores as you can, when you see a tiel that will climb on your finger then by all means go for it. Of course do make sure that it's healthy by checking its feather condition and to see if it has any discharge from the nostrils. Again take your time in selecting your cockatiel, they can live up to 22 years! A cockatiel is a friend for life.
Your cockatiel will learn best if you continue to reward and encourage it with each small step it takes in your training sessions.