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Old 08-06-2015, 08:57 AM
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Hi and to Talk Budgies!

Petting your budgie on the back or tail is not something you should do -- to a budgie, that is a mating type behavior and not something you want to promote.

In general, expecting a budgie to want to be petted (sometimes even on the head/neck) isn't something most are going to accept after their first molt. It simply isn't in most budgie's nature to want to be touched.

Expecting your budgie to come to you on command when you haven't spent time giving her positive reinforcement training on a daily basis is expecting too much. Most animals (including humans) respond to positive reinforcement.
Why else engage in a behavior that isn't naturally instinctive?

You indicated in your post that you are "somewhat lazy and a bit of a pessimist" but "you can't help it either".
Hmmmmm -- it's OK for that to be your nature but it's not OK for your budgie to want to behave like a budgie?
Might want to give that one a bit more thought.

That you think her behavior might be a sign of "disrespect" seems a rather odd choice of words to me.
It's important to realize that interactions with your budgie should be on her terms.
Our goals as caretakers of these beautiful little creatures should be to do everything possible to ensure their health, happiness and well-being.
Enjoyment comes from having them in our lives, not from expectations of them fulfilling our needs or desires.

You've already passed the amount of "bonding" many people are able to achieve with their budgie.
Take a look at the Training and Bonding section of the forum for tips and appreciate your budgie for the wonderfully unique and lovable little girl she is.

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I'm hoping to see some pictures of your little girl soon!!

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