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Old 04-25-2016, 11:53 AM
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Hey everyone,

So we got a new GW in january, Rio, and it turns out she's an amazing flyer. I've worked with her on flight training, however, it's come to the point where she'll only fly to me if she sees the treats in my hand, instead of coming because she's called. How to do I take the next step to where she'll come when she's called instead of seeing the treats?
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:00 PM
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Re: next step.

Hi I am going to bump this up for you . Hope someone has a reply to you soon
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:24 AM
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bump please. (:
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:25 AM
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Re: next step.

Free flight training is not something you want to try and learn over the internet.

YOU SAW HOW GOOD MAGGIE WAS... and I still lost her!

It's too easy to lose them.
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Re: next step.

Quote: Originally Posted by Birdman666 View Post
Free flight training is not something you want to try and learn over the internet.

YOU SAW HOW GOOD MAGGIE WAS... and I still lost her!

It's too easy to lose them.

YOU WILL FIND HER MARK. please don't give up. and the only time i ever flew ms. rio was inside, too paranoid really, but even with a harness i'd like to get an extender to be able to let her fly because she seems to like it so much.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:28 AM
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Re: next step.

I can't give up. She means to much to me...

Is Rio harness trained? Start with her on a lead. Go to the end of the lead, hold your arm up... Give the "fly to me" signal/command. Praise and reward the bird for doing it right - make the bird sit and wait for the cue.

Doesn't wait for the cue, no reward.

That's the next step.

Those extendable doggie leashes work good for this. You can lengthen or shorten those depending on your bird's ability.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:14 PM
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Re: next step.

I have successfully trained a lot of birds. I can give advice to you. But some people deny my opinion. for that which is bad idea. all you need to know. if you the training then you need to comply with the provisions of training. and that is the principle that the coaches are using, training dogs, hunting birds, monkeys, ..... you see every time they comply with the requirements they receive a gift. and they are trying to achieve that gift (mainly food). and they are like a child, feed will link you to them. and in training the trainers to create meals that they can manage the link with birds that do not affect their health. otherwise it will also help them to have a diet is perfectly healthy and motivated to promote their intelligence...
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Re: next step.

I started with free flighting my GVM in the house.

I held my arm crooked in front of my face.

C'mere Rudy! When he launches and lands, he gets a pistachio.

I started with him at the back of a chair and progressed distances.

At a full one year of age full feathered (i clipped the last 3 feathers of each wing at 3 mos.) The distance in the house progressed. He now flys from the sunroom to the kitchen at about 50'.

While my voice commands have been consistent. Food or treats has not been consistent. I sensed early on that he simply wanted to fly. So i used voice commands.

Moving forward. Rudy had been conditioned to a flight harness at an early age. I walked him outside every opportunity I could. Think time it takes to walk a dog daily.. Ok even though he was harnessed. I have been reluctant to let him fly to me. I had one accident last summer. I have tossed him up in the air, when ever anyone asks whether he can fly. One particular day, the wind caught under him and he shot over my head and....... the leash slipped off my hand. luckily.. it took a while.. he was found 80' up.. I got really lucky because the tree was next to a large parking lot.

Ever heard of fireman rescuing at cat from a tree? Well thanks to station 4 WIlmington Delaware. It took no more than 15 minutes to extend the ladder. Rudy was very receptive to the fireman. I could tell the poor guy was frustrated that he was stuck in the tree.


Anyways... while I use voice caommands, they sometimes work. I use treats too. What he seems to be most interested in is when I hold the phone up to take pics. He has had thousands of photos. I wonder if he responds better to phones than voice and or treats. time will tell.. Might be a combination of all three.

I'm sure that consistent rewards is the best rule of thumb. Go to this thread to see some recent free flight training pics.. Rudy at Brandywine Park Wilmington DE
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