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Parrot Whisperer gives you all the Instructional steps required for target-training with visual examples and he discusses it in more detail here:
” I cannot emphasize enough on how essential target training is as part of obedience and compliance Bird Training and as part of transitioning your bird to learn tricks. Target-training comes straight after step-up and proper implementation of target-training will ensure that your feathered friend will be able to move on to “Turn-around” trick, “Flight-Recall”, “Come-to-me” trick and several others. The target-training that I demonstrate in this video is not just the “raw” method but also additional tweaks that I invented and added to the whole methodology after years of experimentation and research.
Now, Your probably scratching your head and asking, what about time-frame?. Let me explain this a little bit further. I divide Target-training into 3 simple yet powerful steps.
1) Get Your Bird to associate the stick with millet by building a good impression of the stick. You do this by poking a hole through the stick using the millet and then approach your bird whilst saying the command “Target”. Here approach the bird with the millet only and not the pointed-end of the stick just yet, and repeat this for a process of about 7 days. When you see your bird has slowly started to understand this, move the slightly millet further into the stick ( away from the pointed-end) and ask your bird to now target the stick. At this point you really don’t care whether your bird nibbles, bites or simply gently touches the stick for a millisecond. We only care about building a good impression of the stick. To reiterate what I said, ask your bird to target, approach the stick with the millet poked in and when your bird touches the pointed head, tilt the stick to where the millet is and reward your bird then click the clicker or say “Good-Boy/Good-girl” ( i recommend a combination of both for best results). As your bird gets the idea, start moving the millet gradually further and further away from the pointed head and asking him/her to target at each distance accordingly. If your bird is stuck at a certain distance (such as the millet halfway through the stick) go back to the previous, closer distance and reinforce that and then move on again until the millet has reached the end of the stick.
2) here you remove the millet completely off the stick and start target training your bird. Do this for about 10 days and each time your bird targets, reward accordingly with millet (honey/wheat) and here you can even start introducing new rewards such as walnuts, lettuce, corriander stems, brocolli, sunflower, safflower seeds etc. depending on your birds’ preferences.
3) start moving the stick further away from the bird so that he/she will start having to leap over to target. Do this for about 4 days. Once this has been understood by your bird, starting moving the stick away from the bird on the bird training stand (such as 5cm from the bird, then 10, 15, 20,30,40,50…etc). Remember, be gradual, be patient and let the bird take their time. Step 1 is the step that will take most time as it’s the “association” step, but once your bird has associated millet with stick and target with reward, bingo!. After your bird has become a master of targeting at distances, now you can move on to having your finger infront of his/her body and ask your bird to target and your finger will have to be at a distance from your bird such that he/she will have to step up to your finger to target. Do this for a few days (~4 days). Once understood, move your finger slightly away so that your bird will have to extend his/her leg even more. Again, do for a few days. Once understood, move your hand even further so that he/she will have to hop to your finger. Once understood, reward with bigger treats, praises and affection and then move your hand further, so he or she will have to jump to your finger and repeat for a few days and then further, further, further…etc so he/she will have to fly to your finger. Wait a minute Parrot Whisperer ? My bird is now flying to my hand on command !
Bingo!, flight recall is now a trick under your sleeves 😉
Consistency, repetition and precise implementation of what I have mentioned is key to success in target training!
Hope this video was as helpful as I want it to be ~PW”
Very effective and Powerful video PW, Thank you for sharing this with all the bird lovers !
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