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Old 09-21-2019, 04:11 PM
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Well, Scooter didn't get to come home with me today. The rescue place said the previous owners would have the last word on who Scooter went to, and she wasn't able to get hold of them this week. But there was a minor win - Scooter finally allowed head scratches.

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Head scratches, with requests for more!
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That's awesome!!! Levi loves his cheeks rubbed.
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:08 AM
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

The last couple of weekends she's been asking for head scratches, but couldn't quite get past my hand being that close - not enough trust there, yet. Yesterday was the breakthrough when she finally let me.

I don't think she's been on shoulders much, either. She wants to be there, but once she's in place, she gets nervous. I don't think it'll take long, but she'll learn, I'm sure.
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Love giving head scratches to Enzo, she goes all gooey. 2 fingers under her chin is a favourite and also scratching lightly the bottom of her neck between the top of her wings will put her to sleep, literally, in 20s.

I love the way she will scratch with her foot where she wants me to scratch, if i miss, she will just move her head to my fingers so i hit the spot.



She will either just put her beak down when she wants a scratch or just say 'tickle tickle'.
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Old 10-15-2019, 06:18 PM
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Re: Asking for advice before I jump

Well, finally some movement. Today I got an e-mail from the rescue. They've got everything arranged with the previous owners, they're going to be in with her 'things' this weekend, and to say goodbye. Next Friday (the 25th) I get to bring Scooter home.

I've been up every weekend to visit, we've bonded more, and she's been playing with me and is teaching me her signs for "I want some water", "I want some food", "I want to go back to my cage", and "I want some attention".

I'm also re-reading Pepperberg's book about Alex, and focusing on the parts where she talks about teaching him. I think I'm going to try the model/rival training method she used. It seems low stress for the bird, and actually kind of entertaining for the humans.
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