Originally Posted by Sim
It is nice to know that other users are interested in teaching tricks to their budgies.
My male budgie Sole, who passed away a year ago, was able to bite the target stick, wave, turn around, flip a card, fly to me when I called him and "shake hands".
Now I have just started to train Celeste, my female budgie, and in two days she has already learned to bite the target stick. I'm also using a clicker, that I didn't use when I trained Sole.
I will probably talk about this in her training journal soon, if you are interested, I would love to get your opinion.
So, I have a question for you. It is something you might have already written in one of your posts, but finding it in a thread of 69 pages is slightly difficult
so... I hope you don't mind if I ask you here.
I guess the first thing you taught your budgies is, like I did, to bite the target stick; how long did you reinforce the target training before starting to teach new tricks?
I don't want to confuse Celeste, but I don't know how long I should wait.
Thanks in advance!
Is it really 69 pages?! I use tapatalk a lot so it doesn't keep track of that. -checks start date- aannnddd it has been 2 years. Wow time flys when your having fun
Sounds like Sole was very talented.
The short awnser to your question is, when they no longer hesitate to do the trick. Also consistency is key. They will get confused if you repeatedly give them diffrent signals for the same trick.
Long awnser is, with targeting i ask them to target without hesitation and also move around the perch to target. An example of hesitation is Stardust. I ask her to target. She kinda looks at it... i ask again...she still wont target, i bring the target closer...she maybe will SLOWLY reach her neck out and mouth it and watch me at the same time. To me that means we need to go back and focus on targeting to reinforce targeting both up close and while moving around the perch. She is also a bit of a diva so we go through this a lot.
Then you look at Max, Ziggy and Pippin. Both are usually quick to target and sometimes even before I ask them to.
There are exceptions and even my pro's have their bad days.
For me its a gut feeling when I know we can move on. Knowing my birds, learning as we go (probably what most of those 69 pages are. Me pondering how to convince ziggy to wave, or max to tolorate a new stand, or star being a diva) and being flexable and willing to go back and re-work on a trick that they are starting to struggling with durring review.
For a collection of reasons I only work with mine once or twice a week and keep each session short since im working with each bird individually and I want to get all 5 done before their 7pm bedtime. So the progress I make is slow (another big part of those 69 pages. A rince and repeat day
) but they do improve as long as i am consistent with what means what and what my expectations are. The 2 long breaks I've taken (October last year and then May and most of June this year) are impacting how i approach training. I cant expect them to be like they were last May when i havent reinforced any training in over a month.
Good for you to start training Celeste. As im sure you know with your time with Sole it can be so rewarding. Don't hesitate to ask questions. You might get really wordy responses from me about how i handled something but keep an eye on what others do as well. The YouTube flocktalk has some awsome videos, and others who have been doing this far longer and have it down to a sience.
And thank you for reading even a little of my waayyyy to long thread
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