Join Date: May 2010
Location: Arnold, MO
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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!
JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
Also owned by Essie,Minnie & Oscar