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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Unhappy Lovebird won't step up

Hi all! I'm training my lovebird Daisy to step up but she only does so if she knows for sure that I have treats. I've been told that as she gets the hang of stepping up (with treats, which she definitely has), to take them away so she does it for my praise, but she doesn't care at all for praise, just food. And if she does step up and get no treat, she screams and doesn't do it again. If I put my finger against her abdomen or in front of her, she runs away or screams unless she knows I have treats with me. I know lots of people have trained their bird to step up on command and not expect anything but praise, but it doesn't seem possible with Daisy. Has anyone had this same experience with their bird?

Another slight problem(?) I've been having with Daisy is that she only lets me pet her back and head when she's sleepy and/or tired. If she's wide awake, she runs away or bites. Any help regarding either problem would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Try target training before doing step up.
Get a stick, when she touches the end, click and reward.
Ignore bad behavior and walk.away.
She isn't a teddy bear, if she's not in the mood for a cuddle, forget it.

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Try target training before doing step up.
Get a stick, when she touches the end, click and reward.
Ignore bad behavior and walk.away.
She isn't a teddy bear, if she's not in the mood for a cuddle, forget it.
I've been doing target training with her and she steps up if she has to target something out of reach. However she still expects a treat when targeting anything.
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I agree with Kate. You haven't had her long. Click, treat. Click treat. You'll know when she has got the hang of it when she gets excited as soon as she hears a click and anticipates the reward coming. Work on that for a while before anything else. The key is to let the bird come to you. Skittish birds will be far more happy with you if they come to you when they want to come to you. Never force them! She will come around eventually, but you haven't had her long and you need to be patient

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Funny. My Lovebird has always been THRILLED to step, or I should say hop, up. He just wants to be with us so much.

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i agree, clicker training, but i also dont see any harm in giving her a treat each time she steps up if thats what she wants to negotiate with



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I agree with Casey. I also don't see a problem with giving her treats every time. Also, it
sounds like you haven't had her long. Exactly how long have you had her?




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