Im trying to teach lily and delight wave and i don't think im doing it right. What im doing is getting the bread close to their hands, and shaking it so they wave, then clicker, then treat. is there a better way?
Is a parrotlet too small to train to wave?? If I put my hands too near, he just jumps with both feet onto my hand (he doesnt step up like most big parrot). If my hand is far away (because I already trained him the flight exercise), he would just fly over and land on the hand.... So I have a hard time just to get him even to lift up one leg. Please advise. Thanks
I don't think the issue is one of him being too small, it seems to me that the thing to get past is that they don't pick up their food the way that bigger parrots do, I think this makes it more likely that he may not learn to wave. I have never tried to train a parrotlet to wave.
Why ? Although there is a higher likelihood of him not learning the trick, it doesn't mean that he can't or won't if you are willing to be patient with him because he doesn't normally lift his foot high enough for a wave due to not picking up his food with his foot. With the flexibility and range of motion that my parrots seem to have there doesn't appear to be any physical limitations to deal with, just a mental path that isn't normally used. I was not trying to discourage you from trying this, I was trying to tell you why it may take more time and energy to accomplish this task.
Well, I assume that the OP meant that as it would take soooooooo much insisting (read: stress for the bird) for such a small bird to do this particular trick, the bird would be much better off not been taught.
Possibly so. don't know what the OP is thinking, would like to know. I am not trying to change the OP's mind in either direction, I am just interested in know what the OP is thinking. Curiosity, you know, and yes I know what it did to the cat, but I am not a cat so hopefully the outcome will be different.
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