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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-21-2014, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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african grey bonding

So Leo is behaving and target training is an very effective way to train in my opinion. I never force him off but i notice when his on my finger and I'm walking somewhere he doesn't want to go he starts to bite me and i feel that pressure is being applied and doesn't extremely hurt... but I'm worried once he gets older it will..... btw he soon to be 5 months in 7 days any training i can do for him to stop doing this... he lets me pet him.. he lets me give him treats.. and i even tried putting a seed in my mouth to see if he would take it and sure enough hi did, he lets me rub his neck and even under his wings.. the only problem is the finger bitting.
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When birds bite, it doesn't mean they are trying to hurt you. Remember, birds don't have hands, they also don't have a way of telling us that they don't like something so they use biting as a way of saying, "no, I don't like that."

Maybe you can slowly walk to where you want to go at first and see if he will bite you, then you can slowly profess speed until your walking normal. Work at a very slow pace. You have to slowly graduate speed but first you have to figure out why he bites. Does he bite because your moving too fast for him or does he bite because he doesn't want to go where your taking him? This method will only work if you said yes to the second question. If you answered the first question than treats will help you on this. Your going to give him treats the whole way then slowly graduate the treats at the end of your trip.
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if you are walking fast to it may scare him being 5 mths old he is still young and not completely balanced. my grey would nibble my fingers but was playing with me. sometimesi could feel pressure but he never hurt me when playing. greys sometimes use their mouth to play and explore.

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Hi, I raised my CAG from a baby and she went though a biting phase. As she got older though she would always warn me first. They are so incredibly smart it's amazing!
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