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« on: December 15, 2015, 01:13:01 PM »

Hi feather monkey.....

Thanks so much for your help,  I tried day one of the empowering parrots thing today..... I am ashamed to say, I used a very small savory shaped biscuit broken in to about 10 really tiny pieces,  but I'll change to a hazelnut in lots of tiny bits tomorrow, I just figured out he likes them too... I digress,

I tried today after he had eaten and had his big chat session with me, I gave him a treat every time he attempted to go further to get the treat, I then rewarded him for being happy with my hand in front of him as I would with the step up command, he did great, I then put my step up hand between him and the treat and 3 times he put one foot on my hand to get to the treat!!! He didn't try and bite me at all. He was starting to take a while so I have left him now while we are progressing.

I'm so proud of myself and zack.... I praised him so much, like I would with my 3 year old. He did great.  Hopefully 2 feet on my hand tomorrow (but not moving him).

If you haven't sent me that link I wouldn't have found it. So thank you, I know it's only first day of it but he did much better than I expected.



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Re: for feathermonkey
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2015, 04:11:59 PM »

No problem glad it helped, I've gone a bit mental on mine. My 2 are nearly always working something new.

Their intelligence is their undoing, wait till you realise it's you that's trained.

Problems come later changing behaviour you don't want, that's when you have to think out of the box. I lost a book shelf as Hickory thought it was a game of come get me. So trained her to go on one shelf. It's also about compromise, can't always win.

Don't always expect such a quick turnaround or even expect them to. I've been trying to teach Hickory to say "I'm a funny looking little grey chicken" for months still can't get the opportunity to shape it to a command. Timing is crucial. Then taught both mine to say their name trained them indoors yet they'll only perform it outside now.

Reward the good and ignore the bad.

On to to a good start sounds like the little fella has well landed on his feet. Think you can give yourself a good tap on the back, sounds like you've got it and gained his trust very quickly. Makes me shudder why someone felt the need for a stick for the little fella, sounds a right softie.

Another couple I've found useful are gentle and no just remember they're commands not castigating. You reward for the no(actually find this rarely used, to difficult(off is easier)) or gentle. Beaking/mouthing is natural it's about teaching what is acceptable.

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