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Smile my clicker training success story!

I am so thrilled I really don't know where to begin!

Let me start with the fact that I never thought of taming any of my keets by clicker training. Recently I have been learning more about large parrots to prepare for the day I get one (and to become a parrot know it all!). I came across birdtricks.com and admired there bonds between their large free flight parrots and I watched an episode of their one day miracles. They cured an amazons problems in one day by target/clicker training. So I sat there and thought, 'huh... Well I have 2 more birds to tame and I guess I could try to clicker train.'

Ace and leo are the last of my flock to be tamed. They are very nervous with everything (and are getting a little better everyday). They have recently been clipped and put into a smaller cage (compared to their other cage) for training and will be moved into a big flight cage once they start coming out. About a week ago I just started training them, the usual "you get millet if you step up on the perch". I wasnt going very far with that.

Yesterday I started clicker training. If they touched the popsicle stick, they got a click and some millet. They didnt fully understand it. Today I tried again doing the same thing. Though the course of maybe 5 training sessions they finally were starting to get it. I started making them move to touch the target and then hop onto a perch to touch it (which wasn't all that successful). Then sometimes I would use my finger in the place of the target. I then started to make my finger more and more horizontal with each time I wanted them to touch it. Leo was the most motivated and the 'best' at stepping onto the perch a week ago.

He touched my finger when it was horizontal... Click. Treat. He did this a few more times. Then he touched it again and I clicked and waited.. He touched my finger with his foot. Click. Treat. Then I clicked him for touching my finger and lured him onto my finger with the millet. He stepped up and I clicked and treated him. The next times he was stepping up and I was clicking for touching my finger then clicking when he stepped up and rewarding him.

Note that he never had an intrest with stepping up on my finger before, only the perch. Now, in LESS than ONE DAY, I have him stepping up on my finger with clicker training. I am truly amazed!!

I have tried several different training methods from doing perch and millet, and also Roland's SEAT method (from talk budgies), and other little things along the way, but clicker training is proving to be the best method for me. It gives rewarding millet a whole new meaning!

That is my one day clicker training story that I just wanted to share there is still much more to be done before he (and eventually ace) actually come out, but the first big step (stepping up on my finger) is over! I am so excited to see how quickly he learns!

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Well done Shelly.

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Congrats! Yes clickers work great.I use them for training dogs and my parrotlet. Works like a charm.

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Happy it worked for you! Tried it with my linnie Levi, it didn't work.

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i feel like i can train anything now

it was a little slow going this morning because they weren't that motivated to train and instead just singing and bouncing around (while i was trying to train them, which is huge because before they would be scared).

judy, how long did you try training? my did not understand for a while what they were supposed to do. they don't always want to touch the target due to lack of motivation, but when they do, i can get really far

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i feel like i can train anything now

it was a little slow going this morning because they weren't that motivated to train and instead just singing and bouncing around (while i was trying to train them, which is huge because before they would be scared).

judy, how long did you try training? my did not understand for a while what they were supposed to do. they don't always want to touch the target due to lack of motivation, but when they do, i can get really far
In my honest opinion my linnies have a mind of their own. They refuse treats from my fingers. When I offer my finger to step up usually they do. But other times they stand there look at me like "no" and never bite. Skyler will touch my finger with a foot and then remove it, then I just give him belly scratches. It's rare but when I open their cages they don't care to come out even I'm in the room. Maybe because they do spend plenty of time out of the cages and lots of time with me on their play area, play with toys I hold. At times they throw the toys back and forth to me. They love time on me,shoulder under my hair, cuddling on my lap under my shirt. When I want them to go back in the cages and they don't want to, I usher them back in with my open hand and they slowly go still never bite. I guess they are telling me there is no reason for me to use a clicker.

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aww it sounds like a great little bond you have


i was not as successful today with the training. it was much harder, and mostly unsuccessful, to have them step up. they are doing great with just touching the target, just no going onto another perch or my finger to touch it. i think larger birds are a little more motivated when it comes to moving around to touch the target

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Wonderful news! If you click the blog in my signature, I've recently started writing little bits on clicker training parrots and where to begin, how to end a session etc. so please do check it out when you have the time

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I will definitely look at that

A little update: yesterday was slow going but today they were very motivated. I have changed it up a bit. Now I am putting the perch or my finger infront of them and when they step up they get a click and a treat. Leo is coming along great with this new method and ace isn't far behind. Baby bird has taken an intrest in ace and pickles was climbing all over their cage today (she has been exploring a lot lately, usually where she isn't supposed to go). I am hoping this is a good sign and they all get along because I will be housing all four of them in a flight cage once everyone comes out

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