Parrot Forum Header Left  
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > Training

Training Information and discussion on how to train your parrot.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 02-07-2019, 04:06 PM
FancysMom's Avatar
Junior Member
U2 - Francis "Francie"
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Atlanta area
Thanks: 1
Thanked 66 Times in 24 Posts
FancysMom is on a distinguished road
Question Training out attack behavior

I need advice either from someone who has dealt with this successfully or "all y'all" brainstorming about how to do this. It's an old story: I have Francie, the U2, as well as two cats. The cats were raised by me and don't even know that a bird is prey. They're scared to death of Francie.

Francie, however, is the one going after the cats. He was never trained to fly so, while he uses his wings to steady himself, I don't think he knows how to actually fly UP. That said, he flies off the couch at the cats.

The cats are brothers who are right at 13 yrs old, and I really don't want them to live what little time they have left being terrified of the bird, OR suffering some kind of damage from him.
I've done MASSIVE clicker-training with cats and know tons about it, also "dabbled" in ABA. I've done some basic training with Francie, so not a problem there. I just need ideas how to go about training Francie to stay away from the cats. He doesn't have to LIKE them but he needs to leave them alone.
Thanks all!

Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to FancysMom For This Useful Post:
Betrisher (02-08-2019)
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 02-07-2019, 06:45 PM
Senior Member
Umbrella Cockatoo- 11 years old
Join Date: Jul 2018
Thanks: 3,599
Thanked 6,298 Times in 2,565 Posts
noodles123 will become famous soon enough
Re: Training out attack behavior

Is the behavior increasing in frequency and/or duration?
What happens immediately after/as the bird goes after them (what do they do---what do you do etc etc--any changes to your/their proximity, any verbal or audible reactions from you/them)?

Also, when he does this, is it anytime they come around or is it when they come near you?

Right before it starts, where are you located in relation to the bird and cats..Also, does he only do this from the couch thus far?

Also--- just a reminder: Although your bird is the one instigating this, a cat's bite or scratch (even small) can kill a bird due to a specific bacteria in their mouths/spit.

Last edited by noodles123; 02-07-2019 at 06:48 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 02-08-2019, 08:51 AM
Sunny a female B&G macaw; Japie (m) & Appie (f), both are congo african grey; All are rescues- had to leave their previous homes for 'reasons', are still in contact with them :)
Join Date: May 2018
Location: NL= the Netherlands, Europe
Thanks: 4,355
Thanked 7,765 Times in 2,755 Posts
ChristaNL is on a distinguished road
Re: Training out attack behavior

Reward him when he ignores the cats...

(I LOL'ed at "little time left"' cats easily reach 20, I know quote a few who made it to 22-23, at 13 they are no way near geriatric.)
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 02-08-2019, 04:08 PM
Betrisher's Avatar
Senior Member
Dominic: Galah(2018 RIP); Four Lovebirds:The Lovies; Barney and Madge (The Beaks): Alexandrines; Miss Rosetta Stone: Little Corella
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Thanks: 10,294
Thanked 8,064 Times in 2,759 Posts
Betrisher is on a distinguished road
Re: Training out attack behavior

May I congratulate you on choosing an *excellent* name for your bird! My Dad was Francis (Frank) and my sister is Frances (Francie). I have two(2) statues of St Francis, a big one in my yard and a smaller one in the hallway. The thought of having a bird called Francis makes my heart go all smooshy.

Y'know what? We all want to live in peace and harmony with our companion animals around us and, hopefully, all getting along like a house on fire. Sadly, though, it's not always possible. Sometimes, you can make things work and sometimes just not. When we lived at our old house, my Beaks had the run of the place and had strategically-placed perches in every room so they could fly around at will. Cats and dogs were in the house too, but none of them ever raised an eyebrow at the birds 'cause they were up high and the animals were on the floor.

This new house has big windows and is a much lighter, airier place. The animals notice the birds flapping about now and the birds are far more likely to land on the floor (an absolute deal breaker AFAIC). I cannot have the birds and the animals about in the house at the same time. This means three cats and a dog have to be sent outdoors when I've got the birds out. That's just the way it has to be. I cannot risk the wellbeing of any of my creatures and so I do what I must to prevent that one freakish accident that could happen if I allow them in the same space together.

Just *one* time, one of the Beaks landed (by a dreadful error of judgement) on top of our old dog's head. God bless Alice: she just stood there, thinking 'What the...!?' I was quick enough to whip Barney away, but that one incident highlighted the possibility of a bird landing, digging claws in for stability and the dog (or cat) whipping round and... well, you can guess the rest. So, never again for us. I keep them separate.

Whatever Francie's reason is for hunting after your cats, it's his and he means it! If he bites or claws a cat and it (quite reasonably) retaliates, the aftermath could be a terrible tragedy. I'd keep them all separate, even if it means making major changes regarding who sits where or which room the bird and cats are allowed in. I know it's not a set-up that you'd want, but it's probably the most sensible.

PS. Rosetta sends a happy screech to her new friend, Francis!
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Betrisher For This Useful Post:
ChristaNL (02-09-2019), Flboy Supporting Member (02-08-2019)

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Parrot Forum - Parrot Owner's Community > Community > Training

cats, cockatoo, training

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Behavior modification training w/Lovebird PenClem Lovebirds 6 11-28-2018 05:38 PM
Animal Behavior & Training Career StephenAndKyleigh Off Topic 5 01-11-2016 02:34 AM
Training away bad behavior. aubreywan Cockatoos 5 07-14-2015 03:47 PM
Height Dominance Behavior Training Spiritbird Congo & Timneh Greys 3 02-14-2010 10:47 AM
Training Videos for behavior problems NicoleN General Parrot Information 14 03-03-2007 09:55 AM

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.