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I've had my bird for a while, and at the beginning I didn't really tame her, but now I want to. She allows me to touch her belly, but won't step up, even if I press lightly and say 'up'. Tips? https://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5967d5bf..._125157636.mp4

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(link is a video of her being comfortable with me touching her belly)
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I've gotten Niko to step up by first allowing him to come onto my hand to eat, then slowly introducing him to the idea of stepping onto one finger. I would hold a piece of millet just beyond my finger and ask him to step up. Now he's getting onto my finger pretty readily, though I'm still having to bribe him. I would try not to press up on Leafer's belly to get her to step up- imagine if every time someone wanted you to sit down they came over and pushed down on your shoulders. Not very fun, huh? Stepping up should be a choice for her to make
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Please read the information about Positive Reinforcement in Training.

It's important that she have a reason to want to step up.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-budg...-training.html
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I'm still confused a bit. So what should i do?

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Omg hunterkat, thanks so much! She perched on my hand to eat a nutriberry!!

Edit: I've been doing this for about 30 mins, and she's doing it consistently! Yay!
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What you are doing now is using positive reinforcement in training.
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Sounds like good progress . You got a little head start there with your budgie already being fairly tame.

People who have truly 'wild' budgies need to take even more steps to get to the point you're at, and realistically expect the process to take much longer.

Keep your training sessions short. If she accepts 30 minutes then great. Some budgies might not. Stop each session before she gets bored and uninterested. You're on the right track now . From the basics, you can teach tricks, recall, etc. if you have the time, patience, and desire.
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Yay?
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That's excellent! Good work. Your positive reinforcement is paying off .
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