Hi, my name is Elizabeth, and I am speaking
on behalf of Expert Village on parrot training.
And what we are going to do is a game that
I call follow the leader. What follow the
leader is, is that if you are dealing with
a bird that doesn’t like physical touch and
stuck inside of its cage and doesn’t want
to have anything to do with you. You are going
to start teaching them how to follow a lead
to get the behavior that you want. For instance,
I am going to teach Missy bird how to approach
this little ball to get a treat. So if Missy
bird sees this ball, the second she approaches
it, I tell her ‘good’, use the bridge, and
give her a treat. Next time, we do the same
thing, and what I want her to do is actually
touch this ball with her beak. So again, I
will show her the ball, as she approaches
it, ‘good’, she got close. So I will give
her another treat. You want to make sure that
when you are using treats, that they are very
small. If you give them a big treat, they
get full too quickly, and they are also going
to take too long to get between behaviors.
So again, the same ball, ‘good’, she got real
close, didn’t touch the ball, but it was close
enough for me to give her the bridge and show
her the treat again. So I am going to show
her the ball again, so nothing. This is going
to happen, they are going to back track, so
you just keep showing them the ball and keep
going back to the activity and eventually
they will figure out what it is that you want.
There is nothing here but me and the ball.
She is trying to think that well maybe if
I beg or look cute, we will get past to what
I am trying to get her to do. So good, she
figured it out again. So she will get a treat.
This will take some time. Again, some times
you will have to do two or three sessions
in a day, for a weeks time before they really
figure it out. The nice thing is this allows
you to bridge other behaviors, such as going
to the other side of the cage or stepping
onto another perch later.