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Clicker Training and Angelina

Here's a few pics of Angelina during a clicker training session. The treat normally immediately follows the "click", especially when they're first learning, but I needed one hand to take the picture! She caught on really quickly, once I switched from the huge (to her) target stick to a teeny one -- a small craft store wooden clothespin.

I keep the sessions very short - 5 minutes or so -- avoids boredom and keeps it fun for both of us. The treat I use is ONE hemp seed -- eaten quickly and allows us to go on to the next behavior.

Angelina is a 3 year old Parrotlet, and we just started clicker training a few months ago, so yes, an older P'let CAN learn new tricks! Libby, my Conure, is learning too! Give it a try!




This is "ring the bell":


This is "pick it up" from the little tin lid:


A bit blurry, but another "pick it up" -- I use several differnt lightweight items for this.

JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
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Wow, that is great. How long have you been working with her? I am going to start clicker training this weekend with Sky. I bought some Chia seeds and was going to put some in a little cup and offer a bit to her. Do you think that would work or should I go by something else? i also bought some other seed that is small but can't remember what it is called.
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I've only been working with Angelina a couple of months. She took an interest after she saw me working with Libby, so I decided to give her a try. She's a little over 3 years old now. She caught on really fast too!

For a Parrotlet ONE millet seed would work well. You don't want to give her something that takes too long to eat before you can move on to the next thing. I switched to hemp seeds when I started with Libby because the millet seed was too small for her. Luckily Angelina likes hemp seed too. Remember to keep the treat cup away from Sky, where she can't get it, or she'll skip doing the behavior and just run to the treat cup -- cut out the middle man!!

I keep the training sessions short, maybe 5 or 6 minutes, to keep it fun and interesting, not work. They have short attention spans too, so short sessions help.

Just remember to go slowly and take small steps. I started out by just holding the target stick next to her beak and waiting. When she gently touched the stick, "CLICK", reward and "GOOD GIRL!". Then do that again five or six times, until she does it every time. That's usually enough for the first session. The bird needs to relate the "click" with the reward -- do something, "click", treat -- once they do that, you're on your way! You can almost see the lightbulb turn on over their little heads when they get the idea!

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great pics thanks for sharing
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Very cute! It's amazing how smart those little guys really are.
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