Parrot Tricks: Stick 'em Up!

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Touch training: Hyacinth Macaw "Hymie" Hymie is such a quick learner! Dave taught him how to touch train in just a few minutes and it only took one training session! The next day following touch training him, Dave began teaching him to spin in a circle and got Hymie about half way there before Dave co...
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Teach Your Bird to Step Up (Without Getting Bit)

Photo by David Location: Orlando, Florida Stepping up: Congo African Grey "Cressi" For some reason, there is this unwritten rule that when you get a bird, you have to teach it to step up FIRST. One thing the trainer (or owner) tends to forget is... why should the bird want to step up? Stepping up onto a human hand is not a natural behavior for ...
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A Touch Training Trick I Discovered Using 2 Birds

 Photo by Dave Location: Holland America Cruise Line Theater Pictured: Galahs "Bandit" and "Bondi" I touch trained my 4-5 month old rose breasted cockatoo, Bandit, in two days with three training sessions. It’s the very first thing I taught him (aside from flight training outdoors) and it was actually harder to touch train (or target train) h...
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Parrot Tricks: The Bat and Upside Down Retrieve

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, Florida Bat Look-a-like: Galah “Bondi”   Some people are able to train the “bat” behavior using behavior shaping. I personally prefer using behavior shaping for everything if possible but it’s not always. Some birds love to flip upside down while others will bite you for merely looking at their backside....
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Parrot Tricks: The Wave

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Holland America Cruise Line Waving: Rose Breasted Cockatoo “Bondi” Training your bird to wave with his foot can be done by using your bird’s natural behavior or by using touch training (aka target training) along with various other methods. Some birds take on to certain methods more than others:   Behavior Shapin...
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Flight Train Using Targeting

  To learn what it means to target train your bird, go to my blog entitled Target Training and Clicker Conditioning. The training that happens from your bird already knowing targeting, can be flight training your bird using the target stick. This training is very simple and happens pretty naturally for a flighted bird when just teaching them the...
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