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Parrot won't accept treats

Postby JaydeParrot » Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:54 am

I've managed to teach both my Sennies to fly back to me and give 'kisses' on command but whenever I've tried to add a clicker or a treat, or both, the birds almost seemed to act like I've insulted them (weird) by trying to offer them a treat for good behaviour. If I say well done and blow them a kiss their fine but if I try to use a clicker or hand them a piece of their favourite food as a treat for doing a trick correctly, they'l either ignore it, or take it and immdiately drop it onto the floor.

Has anyone else ever had trouble with their birds refusing clicker or treat training?
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Re: Parrot won't accept treats

Postby Pajarita » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:57 am

I don't use a clicker or reward my birds with treats and I have no trouble teaching them what I want them to learn but my lessons are all about rules for cohabiting.

Now, if I were you, I wouldn't worry about it. You have the perfect situation: birds that learn and obey just because they want to! But I would assume that their refusal to take the treat is because they either don't like the item you are offering or they do but it has lost it's high value. Have you tried giving them something else?
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Re: Parrot won't accept treats

Postby Wolf » Sun Mar 08, 2015 2:58 pm

Kookooloo will not accept any treat as a reward for anything, she will however accept a treat that is offered for no reason whatsoever.
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Re: Parrot won't accept treats

Postby liz » Sun Mar 08, 2015 7:06 pm

Mine are not trained they just learn. They don't expect treats for doing something that makes me happy. They just expect me to share what I have.
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