Taking time to bond with your bird is essential to building a long lasting and successful relationship with your pet. Birds are not domesticated and operate with a flock mentality, so forming a bond with your pet is crucial to helping him understand that you are his friend. The strength of the bond between you and your bird will greatly influence the quality of your pet's life, as well as your ownership experience. If you need help getting a shy bird to warm up to you, check out my new article on effective ways to bond with your bird. They will likely help if you find that your relationship with your pet could use some work. Photo courtesy of Patricia Lowery and Marvette Hillis.