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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-07-2013, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hiya,

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Rio will be 3 months on the 25th June, he has been home since Mon, and has settled well, as I was concerned. Only issue is he will not step up to my hand or arm, he is very gentle only nips if he thinks he will fall etc. Am I trying to soon, he has trained well with the hrness as the breeder had been doing this, and I follow up. Just wondering incase I train to late.

I put my hand near his feet and say step up Rio... but he does not. It's so hard to get him off the cage:@

all suggestion's and tip's are welcome.

THANK U SO MUCH!!!!
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When you first train him to step up you press your finger to his stomach not his feet so he is kinda forced to step up, and don't forget to ALWAYS praise him for stepping up and in the beginning it is good to treat him when you say good boy so he knows that it is good.
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Hi there. I've had my goffins cockatoo for about six months now and I've only gotten her to step up a few times, and never from her cage. It is extremely frustrating, but when I look back, I see how much progress Daisy and I have made since she got here, and I realize a lot of it will just take time. It doesn't make them a bad bird because they don't step up, and it is of course something you can work with them. Try using a perch and have your bird step up onto the perch. Praise your bird when they do step up, give treats. Daisy (one of our mods, not my bird) aka catalinadee highly suggests a training method that may work for you. She's on vacation now but I'm sure she will have some tips when she comes back.




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Hello many thanks I will keep trying x
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The key to any behaviour you want to shape is to make it seem like they have done the best thing ever. I use a clicker and target and do not force myself on any bird. I used to clip etc but I have had a much better relationship since I started working WITH the bird

I start by charging the clicker. I click and reward. I do this for about 2 minutes for a few days until the bird is waiting for the click. I then move on to the target. If they touch the target, click. If they doing. Leave them be until the next session. Eventually you will be able to move the target around with the bird readily following it for a reward. Once you have this perfected, I stick my hand in front of them with the target just behind it so they know they have to step up to get to it. It really does work! I can't write much as I'm currently in a bar in Tenerife if you want any more detailed advice I will be home very early on the 12th

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The key to any behaviour you want to shape is to make it seem like they have done the best thing ever. I use a clicker and target and do not force myself on any bird. I used to clip etc but I have had a much better relationship since I started working WITH the bird

I start by charging the clicker. I click and reward. I do this for about 2 minutes for a few days until the bird is waiting for the click. I then move on to the target. If they touch the target, click. If they doing. Leave them be until the next session. Eventually you will be able to move the target around with the bird readily following it for a reward. Once you have this perfected, I stick my hand in front of them with the target just behind it so they know they have to step up to get to it. It really does work! I can't write much as I'm currently in a bar in Tenerife if you want any more detailed advice I will be home very early on the 12th
Thanks sooooo much enjoy ur hol, speak soon I will be ordering the clicker And will take it from their!
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