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Question Clicker Training

I have been researching different ways to somewhat train Belle to learn basic commands. I came across the clicker training and watched a few videos on it, but I was wondering if anyone on here has been successful with it?
I want to teach my tiel simple things like going inside your cage on the perch doesn't mean the world is coming to an end.. And no, my head isn't a good place to sit 24/7 so stay off of it. She is truly a very very good bird but she just needs a little training to make my life a bit easier. Maybe if this works I can start teaching her tricks as well! One thing at a time though.. Any advice or personal experience stories on clicker training?
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I have clicker trained some of my birds, Budgies and my Amazon mainly.

It is the same really as clicker training a dog, just be persistant with it.

To begin with introduce the clicker and just click and reward so he knows to associate the click with food or something else she really likes.
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Yes, it sure does work! I've done it with 2 Parrotlets and 1 GCC. Once they get the idea that the "click" means a treat is coming right after that, it's like a light bulb turns on over their heads! I've used it mainly for trick training rather than obedience training. Just practice every day, and keep the sessions short, 5-10 minutes, so they don't get bored.

It's fun and gives you another way to communicate with your bird and also bonds you even more!

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Ive had success with Rio and clicker training. I would reccomend it.

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Clicker training is great, like I said before! I've only really used it with dogs before but with them they learn the behavior WAYYY faster than if you just used treats and no clicker.
It's much better using positive reinforcement than negative, they pick it up quicker because they are being rewarded.
Try it with Belle and if you're doing it right (have to click at the EXACT moment they do the behavior) she should catch on.
One thing though, don't do training sessions for more than 5 minutes at a time. If she seems to be losing interest end the session and come back later.



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Thanks everyone! I bought a clicker today and plan on doing 2 short training sessions a day for maybe a week to get her to understand the click means a treat is coming After I get her to understand that, I'll work on other things. Good to know it works! I'm excited!
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i got Dusty yesterday and i have started clicker touch training him so far he is doing well i do really short sessions with him because he does not seem to have a large attention span. lol once he gets this i will move to something else.

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It shouldn't take that long for her to understand that a click means a treat. It should MAYbe only take one or two sessions to get that point across.



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Mine learnt click meant treat VERY fast... then learned touch the stick meant click and treat very fast... and on... I am limited by MY knowledge not my birds..lol.
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Oh really? I figured it would take longer! Great!
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Very fast if you find their " can't live without it " treat...lol
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You said it, ParrotletsRock! I was so surprised at how quickly they figure it out! For mine, it's hemp seed -- one seed, eaten quickly, and on to the next behavior! I never thought Angelina, my little DIVA Parrotlet, would ever do it, but she caught on really fast and loves it!

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Hemp seed is my birds fav too... All of them will kill for hemp.... ( little potheads)....lol
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Where do you guys get hemp seed? I can only find it online for like $50-70 for a decent size bag!
Apparently I'm looking in the wrong place?
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Try www.nutsonline.com I get a 5 lb bag for about 25$ ... 10 of which is shipping.
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Do I get the "raw, no shell" seeds?
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Never mind I just get the regular. I knew that... Haha!
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Clicker training works fantastic with almost any animal. My clicker is a target too and my birds love it. It's a fun way of playing with them and they seem to find it just as fun as I do haha. And they do 'click' on to it very very fast!

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