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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:16 PM
Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:48 PM
It's easier to teach them through positive reinforcement rather than forcing them to do something they don't want to do.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 03:11 AM
Thank you for your response. We never force Osi to do anything he doesn't want to do, but rather try to stop him from doing what he wants to do. ie: he will climb up my arm to sit on my shoulder because he wants to chew on my earings or necklace chain, or pick at the freckles/skin tags on my neck and face. If I ask him to step up onto my finger, that is when he will start biting, hissing, and raising his wings because he wants to stay up there and play with my jewelry and poke at my skin. I'm not sure how I can use positive reinforcement with that behavior. I do however, praise him constantly when he comes out and sits with me without trying to chew me to shreds. The longer we have him, the more aware I am becoming of which noises mean what, It's just the biting thing, and the rubbing the beak back and forth along the cage bars that I can't figure out.
Again, I appreicate your reply, and will try to find more ways to incorporate the positive reinforcement approach.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 03:02 PM
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When he's up on your shoulder, it's because he doesn't want to come down... so you need to teach him, in a positive manner, that coming down can be equally as fun as staying up! Such as getting scritches, treats, going to a play-stand, getting toys, etc when he comes down. Casey, my first tiel, used to be difficult to get off of my shoulder, although she wasn't aggressive about it. She'd either avoid my hand, or put her head down for scritches, thus effectively "blocking" my hand, without meaning to. She's since learned that coming down could mean getting scritches, and if she puts her head down and I remove my hand instead of giving her scritches, this means that I want her to step up the next time I present my hand. That is then rewarded with scritches once she steps up.
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