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Going Back Into The Cage.
« on: February 15, 2011, 08:25:35 PM »

Can you remember playing out in the garden when you were a kid, it was a warm Summer evening, still light and your mum or dad shouted you to come in because it was bedtime?  What did you do?  I can bet you any money you didn't say "Ok, I'm coming right now!" You moaned and you groaned, maybe cried and screamed a bit as well.  So, your little Grey has been out playing, having a lovely time and it's time to go in, he might be in the middle of having a good chew at a toy that's he can only get to outside his cage.  There is an interesting bit on the floor that he just needs to sort out first, no way does he want to go back in his cage.  So, he doesn't necessarily scream and cry, he flaps and bites.  He needs to learn that the cage isn't a bad place and he can still play in there, in fact if he's good and goes in, he'll get a treat.  This is how I would go about training a Grey to accept going back into the cage without too much hassle.  While he is out playing, get him to step up and whle he's on your arm, talk to him and walk towards the cage, if you feel that he is tightening his grip on you, stop, give him a tiny bit of nut or seed or whatever you use for a treat, then turn and walk away from the cage, let him carry on playing.  A few minutes later do the same thing, as soon as you feel him tighten his grip, stop, treat and walk away from the cage.  Do this a few times, twice or three times a day, you will get to the stage where you can put him into the cage, give him a treat and walk away, leave him in the cage with the door open so that he can come out if he wants to.  Eventually, you will be able to pick him up, put him in the cage, give him a treat and close the door. It's not going to happen in one day, might not even be one week or one month, but eventually, he will get the message that hey, this cage isn't too bad and I get a treat when I go in.

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Re: Going Back Into The Cage.
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011, 08:43:34 PM »



Oh thank you sooo much my lovely! :ty

i will start from tomorrow now after work,

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011, 10:06:42 PM »

Worked for Nico  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: She is much better about her cage now
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Re: Going Back Into The Cage.
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011, 11:58:14 PM »

Yeh thats great advice Pat, it worked for me too  :thumbsup:
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Re: Going Back Into The Cage.
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 09:47:42 AM »

This worked for me too. But without the stepping up!

But now Flint will fly straight into his cage when he sees me lift the tub of pecan nuts....or if I bring is food bowl through from the kitchen.

Now he steps up though and will go back in his cage that way too - but he ALWAYS gets a bit of pecan nut  :biggrin:

Interesting about the tightening grip, I'll definitely pay attention to that now. Thanks Pat!
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2011, 10:51:38 AM »

Just had billy out for an hour, he was very mischievous and loves to headbutt things. he didnt venture off the cage this time and went straight back in when tempted by a pop bottle. he was rewarded with 1 of his favourite treats and praised. Will do the same tomorrow taking baby steps.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Going Back Into The Cage.
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2011, 01:13:44 PM »

 :clap: :clap:  Well done.  Slowly, slowly is the key.................isn't it Sid?  :biggrin:

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2011, 07:57:32 PM »



of course it is my dear!
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2011, 09:24:05 PM »

 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


Watch my training video #1........it would help Harry and Gucci.

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2011, 09:42:43 AM »

Wow, this is indeed a good tactic, especially for those who live in parts of the world where the weather and sunrise/sunset is very different to that of Africa (where Greys come from).

As I live in Africa and our sun cycle is practically same as a grey's natural habitat, I don't have this type of problem. Buku just follows his natural cycle, i.e. as the sun sets he automatically goes back into his cage onto his sleeping perch, so when I go into his room at 8pm to cover him, he is already snugged up. He goes back into his cage same time every evening and he doesn't have a clock in his room, promise!
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