I get asked a lot about ideal treat sizes for birds to train with and often times in our masterclasses I will see people trying to use something the size of a nutriberry or a half almond for a single repetition.
An ideal treat is:
Something eaten/consumed QUICKLY (so the bird doesn't forget what he/she did to earn it in the first pl...
It can be extraordinarily frustrating watching others successfully train their birds while you can’t even get your bird to look at the obvious types of treats available. Not all of us have a bird that is happy to take a sunflower seed or something similar as a reward for training. I’ve seen many people give up on training for this reason.
Most birds will happily work for some sort of nut (favourites ...
I was talking to a lady at work who was telling me that she was beginning to train her new Boston terrier puppy. I asked her how she intended to train it: “Oh, definitely with positive reinforcement, I would never punish a dog!” As she continued to talk, I realized that she took punishment to be the opposite of positive reinforcement. A lot of people make this same mistake.
The misconception seems to come from the words positive and negative and people’s misunderstanding of the word reinforcement.