About a week ago I started training Sweetie to do the command 'touch'. This consists of me touching an object, saying the word 'touch', and Sweetie having to touch said object in the same place for a treat. At first he was super confused, but once he realized millet was involved he was all for it, especially because I praised him like crazy and he loves it when I give him attention.
I use one of the bright yellow plastic clips for his cage because it's something they are very used to and know is safe and it has a piece that sticks out where I get him to touch it. He mastered touching that in a day; so I got a large green plastic bead for him to touch instead. Again, at first he was confused, but when he followed the command and got a treat and praise, he was quick to touch it. This was followed yesterday with a different blue plastic clip, no problems.
Today when I let him out he promptly went to his play gym which has two blue plastic cups on the top, and inside one of the cups was his jingle ball. This was right in front of me. He peeped, loudly tapped the yellow portion of the plastic jingle ball twice, then turned to me with his mouth open wanting a treat!! My silly smart boy, haha. He got no treat for that though, I don't want him to just tap anything for a treat.
Today he tapped on command:
-plastic yellow cage clip
-green plastic bead
-blue plastic clip
-white and red metal hair pin
The hair pin was new and something he had never seen before; he was a little apprehensive and and moved back at first. I started to take it away because I didn't want to scare him but I guess the power of the treat is too much to resist and he tapped it like I had commanded him to, my good smart boy!
Lemon saw Sweetie was having a good time and getting attention so she came down to see what the fuss was about. After watching Sweetie do the 'touch' command a few times with the yellow clip and getting a treat I gave her a try totally expecting her to fly away but instead she did it too! Three times! ...and then flew away hahaha.
I am so proud of my smart bebes I could just burst