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Target training

Discussion in 'Enrichment and Foraging Park' started by Brittany0208, 6/12/18.

  1. Brittany0208

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    I want to start target training Java so he doesn't become bored, and to establish trust, but I'm not sure where to start. Lately he's been very nippy and a little crabby, but I want to try to enrich his life without pushing him out of his comfort zone. He has plenty of toys but I can tell they are still foreign to him, he'll knock them around for a few minutes but he mostly spends his time stationary. I would like advice on ways to enrich his time until he's comfortable enough to leave the cage. I keep television on for him and I'm always in the same room with him so he has plenty of socialization. What can I do?
     
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    This is not target training but might HE double hockey sticks too:) Does he take treats from your hand/get excited if you make a big fuss? You could start clicking a clicker and then delivering a treat. I think he Will get fairly soon that click=treat. Then if he looks at his toys, click and treat. Then he Will likely look at his toys again, repeat the click and treat. After a couple times don’t click just yet when he looks at his toys. Wait a second and hopefully he Will move into the direction of a toy, click and treat. Repeat that and make him go closer to a toy Each time, untill he touches it. When he touches it consistently, wait and hopefully he Will try to chew it or something which you can reward big time. This helped my lovie Henkie a lot:) you could also make a big fuss every time he does play or Goes close to a toy, Henkie and Fëanor love that and it encourages okay for them:)

    For target training, you could play with the target yourself before showing it to him, to show him it is not scary. You could use the same approach as with the toy, click and reward when he looks at it, then we he takes a step towards it, then when he touches it. Then you can move the target slightly farther away so he has to bend over to touch it and from there on you can keel moving the target away untill he walks and flies towards it:)
     
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    He'll take food from me all day but lately he's been very sedate, even when I make a big fuss at how cute he is. He was recently vaccinated against West Nile, so I don't know if that has anything to do with his fatigue.
     
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    Could be! His body might still be making antibodies against the disease:)
     
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    Do you know how often he would have to be vaccinated against it? Or how long the vaccine stays in a bird's system? I couldn't find much about the vaccine when I looked a few days ago.
     
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    Sadly I don’t! I only recently found out about vaccins in parrots actually(Maybe my lovies are just to small?), fortunatly we don’t have west Nile here though:) From what I remember from biology(human) it depends on the typend vaccin and the overall health of the creature before he/she was vaccinated:) I hope Java Will be back to himself soon:heart:
     
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    The clicker is the bridge between you and your bird and you use that bridge to highlight the bird’s desired behaviour to your bird. Training treats are not the bridge, they are the reward at the end of the bridge and patience is the time taken to go over the bridge.


    To teach targeting, the bird must first be clicker trained, this means that the birds understands that a click equals reward, the reward can be praise or a food item

    Then you need to decide what to use for the target, I use a chop stick and it can’t be a hand-held perch that the birds step up onto. The chop stick must only be used for training sessions and not for play outside the training sessions, otherwise they lose their meaning.

    Use T-stand to confine the bird to the area which helps it to concentrate on the chop stick. Start by holding the chop stick near the bird and Click and reward for any movement toward the chop stick. Then withhold the reward until the bird touches the chop stick, Click and reward.

    Teach him to touch it with a gentle grip of the beak as birds have a tendency to open their beak to touch it. If you have a bird that is very aggressive and wants to grab the chop stick out of your hand, then you will need to hold onto the chop stick and not let him pull it out of your hand.

    The first time he does a gentle grab Click and reward with extra treats and praise. This is an “recognition moment ". He should soon get the idea of the gentle grip. Once he understands that, only Click and reward for gentle grip touches.

    Once the bird is reliably touching the chop stick from the perch, by having him move up, down, right and left, we can then move the bird to the table top training area. If the bird seems nervous at first, go ahead and move the chop stick close to him to begin with. Then start moving it back a little at a time, and Click and reward for each gentle grip touch. Soon you should have him following the chop stick anywhere on the training area. This usually only takes two or three short sessions to train, but don't be discouraged if it takes longer.

    The benefits of teaching a bird to target with a gentle grip, is that grabbing something with his beak is natural for him.

    If your bird is cage bound, then start target training in the cage. This may have to take more time, but no need to rush things. Empty the food bowl and then when you Click and reward, you simply drop the treats into the food bowl. When you are finished with your training session. refill the food bowl.

    Once a cage bound or aggressive bird has learned to target, you can start teaching him to step up using the target. Just don't use your arm first to step up on if there is any chance of being bitten. In training, we ALWAYS aim to avoid bites. Use a hand-held T- perch for the bird to step up on. You can either hold the clicker on the target stick and the perch with the other hand or use a mouth click. Hold the target where he will have to step onto the perch to reach the target. Take your time and don't worry if you must back up. We don't want to frighten the bird. When the bird becomes better at stepping up, you can then teach behaviours away from the cage.

    Targeting is just one of the tools we use in training. The important things to keep in mind about this behaviour are:

    The basic idea of targeting is to have the bird follow an object to touch it.

    Once he has the idea of the gentle grip only reward him for that.

    Always Click and reward for every gentle grip of the target.

    Use “recognition moment " to help keep up his interest.

    Try and end sessions on a positive note.

    Have fun, keep training simple and never train if you are in a bad mood.

    Once a bird has learned a behaviour, he won't forget it.

    Happy training.
     
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