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Smokey attacking Daughter
« on: February 16, 2016, 12:38:31 PM »

Hi everyone. I really could use some advice please.
My AG smokey is 19 months old and has started to attack my 11 year old daughter.
She only has to walk in the room and he dive bombs her and try's to land on her head and bite her.
Am really worried about this as I can't have him hurting her.
My husband has told me if he carries on then he will have to stay in his cage all the time.
Am so upset I don't know what to do.
I want to do what's best for Small key but I CANNOT allow him to attack my daughter.
Thanks in advance


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Re: Smokey attacking Daughter
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2016, 01:10:51 PM »

It's not a question of allow. As I say to my mum they don't know the difference between good and naughty. It's what's in it for them.

You'll see this as a common complaint. Normally attributed to mate jealousy (imo wrongly).  I personally think it's drama rewarded therefore becomes self reinforcing.

In tackling problems you find a trigger- Daughter walking in.
You find the reinforcer- Drama reward.
You train the behaviour you want, you replace the unwanted behaviour. Stopping is a side note not the goal. So you want him to stay, you teach stay.

Drama rewarding is so easy for example want picking up, chew carpet, get picked up... want attention scream, come in to cover bird. I suspect either it's all drama, someone getting him, making the person go away etc it's too easy to drama reward, could be a combination of rewards. Could even be negatively reinforced see daughter going to get put away.

Each bird is different what works for one might not for another. Seen use of distraction techniques I.e. dropping noisy tin, handkerchief. This plays on their prey instinct though.

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