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Old 07-23-2018, 11:21 PM
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Re: Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

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How does the clicker relate to the bird?? What is it about it that helps the bird?? This is great info
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Re: Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

The clicker serves as a "bridge" between your bird's correct behavior and the treat received for said correct behavior. Basically, you're not always going to have a treat unhand to pop into the bird's mouth the instant he does something you like. So having a bridge that your bird associates with the coming treat lets him know straight away that he's done something great and is about to be rewarded.

With a parrot, feedback has to come right away for him to properly associate the act with the reward. Take too long, and the treat either reinforces nothing or worse, unintentionally reinforces something else.

Personally, though I started with a clicker I eventually dropped it and just used verbal praise as the training bridge instead. Why? Because I'm absent-minded at times and kept losing the clicker. But I rarely lose my voice. Lol!
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Re: Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

Believe it or not, clicker apps are available for smartphones! Plenty of choices under the guise of "Dog Clickers."
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