Are You Confusing Your Parrot During Training?

Back on tour I less than half-heartedly worked on teaching my galah Bandit to "give kisses". Read and see video of where it was at here.   Photo by Jamieleigh Location: On tour Shown: Galah "Bandit"  Well, since being home and in between creating the BirdTricks Cookbook, I decided I'd give it a go at REALLY teaching this trick. So I spent a day...
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Parrot Surprise: Performing African Grey Parrots

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Huntington, West Virginia Shown: Congo African Grey Parrot "Cressi" Recently Dave and I have formed a "routine" (as much as we can, anyhow) by going in around 9am and training with our birds. We decided on a whim to see if Cressi would be any good at Fiji's old trick in the show, "The Toucan Card Trick". Which, b...
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The Slow Motion Roll Over

Comet is just one of those birds that moves much slower than the rest of the flock... not sure why, but he just does. So when I started training him to roll over, it was slow going. I called Dave in to see my progress and said, "It's like he does it in slow motion!" and Dave said, "But that's kinda cool, keep it that way!" So I thought about H...
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Training My Galah to Hula

Normally my female galah, Bondi, is the best at everything out of our entire flock. But man, this hula hoop flight training is not her favorite thing in the world...  She was doing really great for a while, as you can see in the video below:  But the further I got back from the hoop, the more likely she was to land on the actual hoop. So I w...
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Teaching Your Bird to Wave Isn't Always That Easy...

Photo by Dave Location: Cruise Ship Shown: Galah "Bandit" To date, Bandit my galah knows the following tricks: Spin Roll over Lawn mower Recall/flight training  I decided that the "wave" would be next. I thought it would be an easy next trick to do... right? Wrong. I've never had such a hard time teaching the wave to a bird before! ...
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Parrot Tricks: The Mailbox

So, I finally got Bondi to perform the entire Mailbox Routine on camera. This routine is very advanced in my opinion. Bondi already knew dozens of behaviors and this one became frustrating for her. I literally gave her about 4 months off from doing it before attempting it again and getting real results. See, Bondi is the type of bird that once...
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