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Conditioning Your Parrot to Allow Touch

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Conditioning Your Parrot to Allow Touch

Dave and I have always done this as a "habit" with our birds. We do this mostly with just our macaws because they tend to reject touch more than our other parrots, such as our cockatoos or grey. So, to be on the safe side and to always know that we won't be getting bit in the face, we make sure to present a treat when we kiss our birds on the top of their heads.This eventually can be phased out to include all touch, even just a little pat on the head.To encourage your bird to better accept being...

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African Grey Parrot Learns to Shake Head "No"

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African Grey Parrot Learns to Shake Head "No"

In my attempts to catch Cressi saying her name, I ended up teaching her to shake her head "no". I know, sounds crazy, right? But every time I would take Cressi out to have  'training session', she would offer everything BUT saying her name. I noticed how often she naturally shakes her head, and I decided to capture it. I figured that since I'm teaching her a physical behavior (head shake) and a vocal behavior (her saying her name) that they were different enough she would not get confused in the training process. Cressi finds shaking her head much easier...

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African Grey Learns to Kiss on Cue via Observational Learning

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African Grey Learns to Kiss on Cue via Observational Learning

Out of my entire flock of parrots (which consists of nine) only one of them is a real talker. Many of them talk/mimic human words, but only one shows a great interest in doing so consistently - and that is my male galah, Bandit. 

Bandit is such a talker, that he does it most of the time, including when humans aren’t around him. He usually shares close quarters with my female galah, Bondi and Congo African Grey, Cressi. Because of this, they get the privilege of listening to his antics the most. 

Dave and I have always joked about our...

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Common Behavior Problems Easily Solved With Target Training

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Common Behavior Problems Easily Solved With Target Training

When some people think of bird training, often the first thing that comes to mind is trick training. They envision the cute routine they saw at a theme park somewhere. While it is very beneficial to a bird to experience all types of training, for the ...

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BTT: Your Go-To on Troubleshooting Clicker Training & Target Training Problems

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Told ya I wouldn’t be the screen capture this week!

This video was inspired by the loss of our best Spreecast video we had ever made, and we answered soooo many issues people were having regarding hurdles they couldn’t jump over with clicker training and target training. So here it is, to stay this time!

We answer things like:

1. What if your bird is too distracted to train?

2. What if your bird flies off when you want to train it?

3. What if your bird is afraid of the sound of the clicker?

4. What if your bird is ...

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