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Right Age for Parrot Training.

Discuss the methods and techniques of clicker training, target training and bonding. These are usually the first steps in training a young parrot.

Re: Right Age for Parrot Training.

Postby frozengirl » Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:44 pm

:hatching: What is roughly the right age to start formal training on a cockatiel? :greycockatiel:
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Re: Right Age for Parrot Training.

Postby Pajarita » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:09 am

I already answered that question on your other thread but the generic answer would be once the bird is a juvenile. But it also depends on what you consider 'formal' training...
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Re: Right Age for Parrot Training.

Postby frozengirl » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:00 pm

formal training : when the bird is food motivated . Right now my baby cockatiel is 2 months 1 week old, and she will target the stick for millet about 2-4 times then look for a toy to play with. She has been weaned for 3 weeks onto solid foods , and does not want formula or soft foods anymore. She won't even eat mash anymore, and prefers raw veges.
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Re: Right Age for Parrot Training.

Postby Pajarita » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:08 pm

Well, formal training does not equal food motivation. Parrots are always food motivated but that doesn't necessarily translate into formal training. I don't know if anybody else shares my understanding of it but, to me, 'formal training' implies regular, daily sessions in which the bird is trained through rewards to do things that it doesn't really want to do :lol: like target training as you are doing. Step up and down is not something that you need to teach a handfed bird because it will do it out of its own initiative - even flight recall. I don't ever do any training sessions, I don't use a target stick, a clicker or food rewards but all my birds are VERY well behaved and know and obey a large number of commands. I teach them the same way one would teach a child, basically...
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Re: Right Age for Parrot Training.

Postby stevesjk » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:32 am

I thought i was alone in having absolutely zero interest in formally training my birds :lol:
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Re: Right Age for Parrot Training.

Postby Pajarita » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:24 am

Actually, Steven, I think that, when it comes to formally training birds, there are three kinds of people:
1] the professionals who do it all the time
2] the people who never do it
3] the people who do it at the beginning and stop after a number of months

I've just never had the need for training sessions. For one thing, I couldn't care less if my animals do any kind of trick, if they are smart or dumb, or if they are pretty or ugly - I love and enjoy all of them in the same degree. And, for another, my animals are all very well behaved, know a large number of commands and obey them 99 times out of 100 and, when they don't, it doesn't bother me one single bit! :lol: All my dogs came to me with behavioral issues and some take longer than others to learn their 'good manners' but even the ones that might never learn something [like Chicho -and most likely Oggie, too- which still hasn't learned NOT to pee inside] are OK by me [that's why they invented diapers, belly bands and wee-wee pads!]
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