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Well, it's warming up outside, and I would love to be able to take Oliver out with me to soak up some sun. I wish I could get him used to wearing a harness. He isn't afraid of being around it. He treats it like a toy. He wants to chew on it and can not stand for it to be on him. Anyone have any advice?



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what kind of harness i harness trained dusty

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ok first don't let him chew on it when he starts chewing it gets his attention away from it by giving him his favorite treat. start laying it over his body don't put it on him just lay it on him give him treats while doing this after he gets to where he is fine with it on him hold the harness where he has to reach through the neck area to get the treat. eventually you should be able to slide it right over him. he has to be comfortable with you touching him all over and lifting his wings to do this so if he is not i would start working with him on that before you start with the harness. anyways once you get it over the head the rest is pretty easy when ever he tries to bite it get his attention with a treat and when he does good give him a treat

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I agree with Lisa 100%...I started harness training Elvis about 2 months after I brought him home. First I made sure he was comfortable with me touching him around his head, wings, feet etc. Then I got the aviator and same thing happened, he treated it as a toy. I used minimal effort to place it on him because he was ok with me manhandling him...lol. when he bit it, I would detour him & give him a treat...babysteps....you'll get there Now he looks forward to it because now he associates it with outside play time...PS: pick a time when you are super calm/relaxed. He will pick up on your anxiety & fear of bites as well...worked for me.
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Thanks for the help!

Okay, I feel like we never get anything done when I work with him. I think need to work on getting him used to being touched. He enjoys it when I pet him and I can hold his wings. He isn't totally afraid of my hands. Although, I think he may still be uncomfortable with being touched. I think this causes me to get a little frustrated and then I feel like just giving up. I know it will a while for him to be used to the harness but I never see any progress. I know what I need to do but I have trouble actually doing it. It's really difficult.

Oh and I could touch him enough to actually get the harness on him. If this isn't too confusing I'll appreciate anyone's advice.



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Okay, I feel like we never get anything done when I work with him. I think need to work on getting him used to being touched. He enjoys it when I pet him and I can hold his wings. He isn't totally afraid of my hands. Although, I think he may still be uncomfortable with being touched. I think this causes me to get a little frustrated and then I feel like just giving up. I know it will a while for him to be used to the harness but I never see any progress. I know what I need to do but I have trouble actually doing it. It's really difficult.

Oh and I could touch him enough to actually get the harness on him. If this isn't too confusing I'll appreciate anyone's advice.
I tell ya I had that thing laying around for 3 days before I got the nerve to make it happen...lol~~ 1: I was very confident that I could manhandle him if need be and he would be ok with it. 2: I placed it on with out fear of a bite....yes!! at that point I was determined and felt the moment was right.
How long have you had him? yes, it's frustrating at first. If you dont feel ok with it, place it aside until you do. Maybe I'm wrong, but is your frustration coming from fear of getting bit?
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each time he lets you touch him, lift his wings, touch under his wings etc.. give him a treat he will associate treats with touch and touch is good then start on laying the harness on him and go from there

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No I'm not afraid of being bitten. He isn't the biting type, but he likes to chew in stuff when he is nervous, whether it's a toy, my clothing, or my fingers. I'm not scared of his beak though. I think I get frustrated just because I never feel like I'm making any progress.

I've had Oliver for close to a year, like 9 months. I haven't started until now because 1. I was comfortable 2. I was taking some harder courses in school and had a lot of studying. I didn't neglect him during that time I just couldn't focus of training. He is target trained and does a pretty good job of it. I taught him that with a clicker. That's really the only thing I've taught him other than to step up.



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No I'm not afraid of being bitten. He isn't the biting type, but he likes to chew in stuff when he is nervous, whether it's a toy, my clothing, or my fingers. I'm not scared of his beak though. I think I get frustrated just because I never feel like I'm making any progress.

I've had Oliver for close to a year, like 9 months. I haven't started until now because 1. I was comfortable 2. I was taking some harder courses in school and had a lot of studying. I didn't neglect him during that time I just couldn't focus of training. He is target trained and does a pretty good job of it. I taught him that with a clicker. That's really the only thing I've taught him other than to step up.

Oh wow! that's wonderful..good job~~well then just keep working on the harness issue and have patience...your already on a great path. Oli sounds like a real lover... let me know about the progress, I would love to hear about it.....
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Thanks! I just need to be patient. It's hard to do. I'll keep you updated!



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Yesterday, I got one of Oliver's foot toys and used it to keep him distracted while I used the extra material of the harness to touch to him or run it softly down his back. He didn't exactly like that but he was really distracted by the toy. Then, using the extra I made a loop bigger than the actual hole for his head. He loves almonds so I break up little almond slivers to use as treats. I held a piece of almond just outside of the hoop so he would barely have to stick his head through. That's what we did as training yesterday.

Today, we did exactly the same thing. During the first part he didn't seem as entertained by the toys so he would try to nip at the harness but I would already have it away from him and he couldn't get to it. Then during the second part I made a smaller hoop and he would still stick his head through and he would go even further. Even though everything doesn't run perfect and smoothly (which I doubt it ever does) I feel like we have made a little progress.

Will he get to a point where he will automatically stick his head through the loop before seeing the treat?



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to be honest i still have to bribe Dusty with a treat now and then lol but i guess he considers it payment for letting me put it on him .you have done a very good job congrats on the progress

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Of course you have done a GREAT JOB!~~~~~patience and perseverance...its already paying off. Keep up the good job...I'm impressed...soon it will be second nature and you guys will be enjoying the outdoors.
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Completely agree Lisa. My two conures love going out on their harnesses on the summer

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I must say I am impressed with the aviator harness company... I ordered a harness for my tiel. I got the size recommended for tiels , but mine is a big bird and the head part of the harness is to small and hard to get off his head... I emailed the company and within an hour or two I had a reply stating they will swap me for a larger size... They are going to send me a new harness and an envelope to return the one I have... Great customer service!
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Update: Not too much improvement, but Oliver is more willing to put his head farther through the loop for the treat. He also doesn't seem to want to chew or play with it as much. He kind of ignores it for the most part.



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Update: Not too much improvement, but Oliver is more willing to put his head farther through the loop for the treat. He also doesn't seem to want to chew or play with it as much. He kind of ignores it for the most part.
that is good that he ignores it just give it time and he will get even better

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Wonderful...baby steps~~ soon you will be posting a pic of the two of you outside with his handsome harness..
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I haven't updated in a while, but I'm still working with Oliver several times a week. I may have hit a road block, and I'm not sure what I need to do. I've made it from having him stick his head through a loop I made in the material to using the actual part he is supposed to stick his head through. He doesn't have too much trouble poking his head in. He puts his head through, gets the treat, and then pulls his head back out. I'm not sure what to do next. He doesn't keep his head in, which of course he wouldn't. I have also used a clicker and target stick to make him reach through the harness. I just don't know what I need to do now.



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