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Training Video #1
« on: February 16, 2011, 02:26:55 PM »

Touching the end of a stick might seem pretty useless, but it can be handy to move your Grey away from an area that you don't want them to be in.  It also encourages cooperation from the Grey, gives you a chance to bond and of course, it's a fun thing for a Grey to do, to earn rewards.  This is a video I put together, sorry about the quality of it, I'll try and re-format it so that it's better.

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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 02:37:08 PM »

Wow well done Pat, this is an excellent example of cooperative behaviour! Little increments at a time, and see how quickly Charlie advances to the more desired stuff you want him to do.
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Just for those who watch this, especially who have new greys or greys that pose some problem behaviour - Charlie is very well trained, well socialised and accustomed to Pat, so don't get despondent if your bird won't do these things, or if your bird acts more hesitant at first, it's all a matter of time and exercise.
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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2011, 02:37:57 PM »

oh.. Pat.. where's the purple hair gone???
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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2011, 02:41:19 PM »

Purple hair will be back in place by Saturday  :rofl: :rofl:  I've reverted to my natural blonde (ok grey  :rofl:)

As Karmen says, with a new Grey, just watch them, let them out to play when they are sat on a perch playing, go and join in with the stick, just do it for five minutes or so at a time to start with.

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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 03:43:40 PM »

Wow that was impressive  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:  Maybe you could do a monthly training video and Rick could link it for the newsletter?
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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2011, 09:52:18 PM »

That was great Pat, he really is a lovely boy. I'm going to have a go at this with Flint tomorrow!
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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2011, 02:26:50 PM »

 :thumbsup: Pat, he's a clever bird,
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2011, 07:19:03 AM »

I've been training Nico and it's been going really well. It was pretty easy to convince her to touch the end of the stick when it's close to her and she are getting a bit better about moving to touch the stick.   The only problem is that I used the end of a wooden spoon and now she won't leave wooden spoons alone. Makes mixing in the kitchen an extreme sport  :rofl: :rofl:

Pat we need some more videos with new ideas  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2011, 07:48:10 AM »

Well, the way Charlie is behaving at the moment, I'm lucky to get away with all my fingers! lol.   He'll be ok again soon.  I'll have to think of something.

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« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2011, 10:25:00 PM »

I added a variation to the stick thingy this morning.

I tapped my arm with the stick and she flew to my hand and touched the stick ( and then just about fell off as I went ballistic  :rofl: :rofl: ). A brilliant way to train them to "fly to"  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2011, 09:30:57 PM »

Yes it is, it's such a simple thing as well, but they love getting the praise for doing somethig right and we enjoy the satisfaction of them doing what we want them to do, so winners all round.  :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2013, 08:33:24 PM »

Hi Pat. (Apologies for posting on an ancient thread)

Firstly can I say your videos and all your advice on here is awesome and your like the parrot guru  :bow:  :bow:  lol

I have had Alvin from a baby since July and I havent done any sort of training with him before. The only basic command he understands/follows is step up and I havent really trained him to do this he just sort of knows it lol.
I have tried doing this stick training with him this evening and sometimes he touches the stick & I give him piece of nut but some times when I raise the stick he flies off like hes maybe abit scared of it. Could you give me some advise please as I would really like to play with Alvin when he has out of cage time rather than just let him fly around like I let him atm.
Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated from anyone  :ty
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Training Video #1
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2013, 09:49:37 PM »

Nice to see that people are not just reading new posts, the training videos are great aren't they. Xx
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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2013, 10:16:03 PM »

Well what can I say......parrot guru. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:  Only when it all goes right I assure you hahaha.


ok, well first of all, I'd say that he doesn't want to play that game.  The best time for training is after the big morning poop and before breakfast, so that he is hungry enough to want to earn his treats and again in the evening before his tea.  You only have about 10 minutes to train a bird each session because they get fed up, you get frustrated because they aren't doing it right and it all ends on a bad note and they don't want to do it again next time.  So, back to basics, just keep the stick at your waist level, get him to touch the end of the stick if he does it, really praise him up, whoop a bit, give him a tiny bit of nut or sunflower seed, whatever your treat is.  Oh, here's a tip, never show him what he's got for a treat, if you have an almond, I would chop that up into about six pieces, or half a walnut would go in about eight pieces, make the pieces different sizes, so that he gets a big treat some times as well and what I do with my Charlie is have a few bits of chopped nuts in my hand and let him help himself sometimes, so he thinks he has a jackpot.  If you show him what he's got, he is more than likely going to hold out for something else or a bigger bit, they really are that intelligent.  Back to the stick, if you move the stick around and get him to touch it, that's fine but I would keep it low, if you are raising your hand, arm and stick, it might be frightening him a little bit, you don't want to break his trust, so just go slowly and do things as his pace.  If he doesn't want to touch the stick then he doesn't get a treat, simple.   

Getting him to touch a stick has a lot of uses, once perfected, it's very handy in getting them off places where you don't want them to be.  Now, if and when that happens, don't give him a treat but praise him up well.  For example.  I have two greys, they hate each other, so when Charlie is out, he will sometimes go onto Penny's cage and try and "beak" her through the bars, out comes my stick and I just say touch and get him to fly to wherever I'm touching the stick to, usually his swing, then when he does it, I praise him up loads and play pushing him on the swing or tickling him or something to distract him from where he was.  I've saved his toes on a few occasions from Penny's beak lol.

Hope that helps for now, if you need any more help give me a shout and I'll see if what we can sort out. 

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Re: Training Video #1
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 03:11:37 PM »

thanks pat great advice as usual :-) i done abit of training first thing after reading your reply, he touched the stick afew times and i give him a piece of nut and a good load of praise but it seemed like he was trying to get the stick rather than touch it because i told him too.. does this sound right?
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« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2013, 03:48:15 PM »

Yes, he realises that when he touches the stick he gets a treat.  Let him touch the stick without saying anything, but don't give him a treat or say anything at all.  When he lets go, just carry on as normal telling him to touch or whatever word you use, then when he touches give him a treat.  You'll be surprised at how quickly he will learn to only touch the stick when asked.

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« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2013, 03:50:10 PM »

If you look again at the video, Charlie did the same thing but soon realised that's not what I wanted.  Of course Charlie is more experienced so don't expect miracles, it might take him a day or two to cotton on.

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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2013, 11:40:10 AM »

Just bumping this post up for recent members needing some training tips x x
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« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2013, 01:24:06 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2014, 08:12:00 PM »

Hiya pat your video and advice is amazing we get our boy (well could be a girl) next week i'm so excited.  So glad I found this forum, i've done lots of research before committing to finally getting an african grey.
Its fab to read everyones advice on here! Very helpful.
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