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What Next?

Postby SirHubi » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:08 pm

Hello!

I teached my senegal the most basic tricks, which are clicker conditioning and target stick exercise. What should I teach Cookie next? I'd like the trick to not be too hard, as we need to learn more basic tricks, so that it will be possible to teach cookie difficult ones. So, what trick should I teach next and how should I teach it? Cookie is 15 weeks old ;)
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Re: What Next?

Postby kimbo » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:47 pm

how about turn around
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Re: What Next?

Postby SirHubi » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:02 pm

Ok! Sounds good ! Thanks for answer, but how should I teach my bird to turn around? Are there any videos showing how to teach turn around :)
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Hubert :)
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Re: What Next?

Postby JAM » Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:06 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JFu2K3dxbc

How about teaching him to flip around a rope,its really easy... and than take it and teach him to flip around a finger..
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Re: What Next?

Postby Michael » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:15 pm



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Re: What Next?

Postby SirHubi » Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:41 am

Thanks to everybody! I think I'll teach Cookie how to turn around :) :senegal:
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Re: What Next?

Postby Kathleen » Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:47 pm

One problem you may run into is confusion from the bird.

What I think is an important thing to consider in the long run is teaching tricks in a sequence which are not related to each other. A possibility is that your bird will get confused by the target stick. Right now, the cue is the target stick. The bird sees the target stick and if it is properly target trained, it knows when it sees that stick to go and follow it and touch it to get it's reward. If you train it to turn around immediately after teaching target, the bird may not be able to separate these into two behaviors. It may confuse target training with turn around. It may see the target stick and start spinning in a circle instead of following it.

Or maybe I am wrong and it will be able to separate the two behaviors. The bottom line is, you want to teach similar tricks like this very separately from each other and in between teaching similar tricks, you want to stick a trick in the middle that is not similar at all. What I would recommend doing is not teaching a trick that involves the target stick right after teaching target training. I'd recommend a different trick like teaching wave or a trick that uses a completely different prop.
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Re: What Next?

Postby SirHubi » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:34 pm

THX for answer! How do you teach the bird to wave? :senegal:
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Re: What Next?

Postby Kathleen » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:16 pm

Look at my answer on this topic: viewtopic.php?f=17&t=560#p2380
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Re: What Next?

Postby SirHubi » Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:53 am

Thanks for tips! It works and i'll teach him to wave
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