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Old 08-10-2018, 03:00 AM
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Re: getting frustrated and confused

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Perhaps you need to reevaluate how you are trying to train the behavior. Then again, it hasn't been very long. It can take *weeks* or longer to shape a behavior.

Here's a great video from Barbara Heidenreich on how to teach step up!

Step up can be taught through target training. In short... Step up training should look something like this....
  1. Reward your bird for looking at you.
  2. Reward your bird for moving his head towards you.
  3. Reward your bird for taking a step towards you.
  4. Reward your bird for taking another step towards you.
  5. If he doesn't run away, keep rewarding him for remaining where he's at. (if he runs/backs off, you may need to start over again)
  6. Reward your bird for taking a couple more steps closer.
  7. Encourage him to come closer yet again and reward him.
  8. Reward your bird for touching you with his toe(s).
  9. Reward your bird for putting a foot on you.
  10. *JACKPOT REWARD* Give your bird lots of goodies for putting both feet on you!
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