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BirdTricks Tuesday Q&A

 July 27th, 2015
Posted By:
Jamieleigh

This week we are answering your questions you leave us here on our blog. Questions like:

1. Do you always use the same tricks or do you use random tricks. If your bird knows 20 tricks would you use the newer tricks?

2. My Greenwing seems to know when she is going to get her reward. One thing I have noticed is that I first taught her to hand shake I just started giving her treats when she would raise her foot. She has that down really good now. I just started clicker training her with a …

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An Introduction to Random Rewarding in Parrot Training

 July 21st, 2015
Posted By:
Jamieleigh

This week Dave and I are talking about how we use Random Rewarding which is a term we’ve come to use to explain using the terms FR 1-5 and VRRV very basically.

We show how to use it, what it is and why to use it. We’ve found, especially when it comes to flight training (namely for outdoors) that Random Rewarding is essential to our success.

We hope it helps you and your training in some way! Please leave us feedback on what you think or any questions you may have regarding it so we can answer …

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A Small Warning Sign That Precedes Big Behavioral Problems

 July 19th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Military macaw

Military macaw

When people contact us about problems with their birds, one common (and notable) element is that most people are very surprised to learn that their relationship with their bird isn’t what they thought it was. They explain their once friendly and interactive relationship and now, suddenly, their bird wants nothing to do with them. They are always reluctant to believe you when you assure them that none of this happened suddenly.

No matter what bird sites you frequent, you hear over and over to watch …

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For Parrots That Imitate The Sound of the Training Clicker

 July 14th, 2015
Posted By:
Jamieleigh

Happy BirdTricks Tuesday, everyone!

This week’s BTT video is the shortest one yet – aside from our BTT announcement video – so for those of you asking for shorter videos, this one is for you!

We aren’t going to lie – we were out having fun this week, celebrating our 11 year wedding anniversary! Yes, we both married young. I was 17 and Dave was 21. Thus, we missed our day to film with our birds this week but promise to make it up to you guys next week with our topic of Random Rewarding. So please …

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Keeping Birds Happy When You Travel A Lot

 July 12th, 2015
Posted By:
Patty
Alexandrine parrot

Alexandrine parrot

Q: I travel frequently because of my job and lately I have been feeling guilty about leaving my bird so often. Do you think this will cause her to become unhappy?

-Monica, B., San Diego, CA

A:   The answer depends mostly on your situation, but also on your bird’s personality. You haven’t given me much information, so I will try to look at this from different angles.

If you live alone and have made arrangements to have someone come in to feed her every day, then I …

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BTT: What Live Parrot Training Sessions Look Like

 July 5th, 2015
Posted By:
Dave

Hey Everyone,

Dave Womach here from BirdTricks.com.  You’ve all been requesting to see more live training sessions – and although we have a hard time giving you just that due to living on a freakin’ cruise ship and having a 2 year old, we’ve managed to bring you an updated sample of what we’re currently working on.

We hit a lot of roadblocks in our recent training sessions that we hear about from you all the time, and had a lot of break through moments because of that.  For example – Training multiple birds at once, transforming fear into a positive, what …

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