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Old 12-28-2018, 04:47 PM
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I'm perfectly happy with "What do you have in that backpack...is that a parrot?"

It would be interesting to see though if Nike was outside and not in her domain how she's react. Actually, I have had her out camping in both a cage and the pak-o-bird and she's generally good with people but occasionally someone comes up top her who she gets bad vibes from and cant stand to the point of lunging.
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:51 AM
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LOL soooo much regonition in the "stuffing the face"-phase.


the same happened here: as long as they are focussed on eating the scary things are less scary and become commonplace and even now Sunny will check if I have a munchie ready before she even decides to cooperate.
(Yup, my training went very well - from her point of vieuw anyway )


Not sure who came up first with naming every action oud loud- but it really, really works!


I have issues with getting them to stop fidgeting and pulling the aviator once it is on there.
Distracting them with munchies can be seen as a reward instead and then you just encourage it...

so I am a bit confused how to tackle that one.


Oh- I did NOT take a time out from training after an entanglement.
Giving them a break is also a reward and validates the fear imho.
Sunny completely panicked at some point and entangled herself so bad she almost dropped of the table- so I had to grab and restrict ( not something recommended of course/ esp since we were still very much in the 'building trust"phase at the time)
I just let Sunny calm down a bit and tried again ( starting with the babysteps she knows and trusts).
Some things are only as big a drama as you allow it to be
(remember learning to ride a bike, or skate?)
Let your positive attitude help your bird.

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