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Taming and Bonding Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to TRUST you. This requires time and patience and does not happen overnight.

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There seems to be a lot of information on how to tame a budgie, but What next? I have tamed him and we can do basic commands Using a clicker. What Iím really worried about is what to do next? I donít want us to get bored of the same thing but also I donít want to blow his mind by trying to do too much too soon. He does seem to like variety when we are playing and is super clever and picks things up really fast. Iím just worried Iím going to bore him or really confuse him. Can anyone recommend any good tutorials to watch ( think Iím more visual) or a very easy book that can be brought in the uk. Thanks

Also what are peopleís views on clicker training? I like it that itís a fast way to praise and you can get the exact moment but I donít want budge to think heís not doing good if he doesnít hear the noise. Also Iím a bit confused to when not use the clicker, i mean he does good things all the time. Iím slightly worried, not really sure what exactly about but I can see perhaps some later issues?
Should I start to replace click with good boy instead, Whatís the difference? I also find the click a bit manufactured if you get my meaning, is there another way? Thanks


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I find the clicker is good for teaching an initial behaviour and then you can start to phase out the clicks and the treats and just verbally reward them. I have never had an issue with removing the clicker when it comes to teaching a bird general good behaviour.

The other situation where clicker training is used most is in trick training. I definitely recommend this, it's a great way to mentally challenge your budgie and they really enjoy it. Trick training is one situation where I always use a clicker and a treat, since it is a trick after all. I have found targeting and spin to be the easiest tricks to teach birds. I also find it easiest to teach the spin trick by using a treat or target stick from above because this makes it much easier to transition to a hand cue

This channel has some great tutorials on tricks to teach birds
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBl...GE8Z_yKnSofzwg

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Thanks, that makes sense. Iíll look at the tutorial and let you know how I get on just guess Iím over thinking it too much, but it is a worry having someone elseís happiness in my hands and not really know what Iím doing.
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Alarna,

I am so not an expert in this area. I don't even use a clicker with my Lemon Drop. However, I have found the stickies on the taming and bonding subforum to be helpful in how to train. You might also find reading some of the training journals on here helpful. Here is one that is quite detailed: https://www.talkbudgies.com/training-...dventures.html

I am visual too and understand that some youtube tutorials may be useful. When looking at videos on there, I try to find ones by people who have been working with budgies for a long time or have other credentials.

It sounds like you are making some great progress with Budge! Good luck on your continued adventures!

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Wow these tutorials are really helpful so far, thanks =) People in the pet selling industry really need to be more informed, its so outdated, bad and sad =( I had no idea about most of the stuff I have learned so far!
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Take a look at the stickies in the Taming and Bonding section of the forum.

Wiki has several tutorials on clicker training as well as an excellent sticky regarding positive reinforcement training in that section of our forum.

https://www.talkbudgies.com/taming-bo...ng-humans.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/taming-bo...-training.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/taming-bo...ion-birds.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/taming-bo...-training.html
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