On 8/18/06, Cheryl wrote:
> On 8/18/06, Aly wrote:
>> That does make perfect sense; she said he will bite you if your
>> hand is inside the cage but if he is out and on it he won't. My
>> question then, how do I get him to stop biting then? I can see how
>> agitated he gets if you go to put your hand inside, his eyes dilate
>> and he flattens his feather and clicks. Should I use a dumbell and
>> make him step onto that until he get better and realizes what I
>> want and that I'm the dominant one? Help with this, I'm unsure how
>> to fix his "inside" cage aggression.
>> THANKS so much Cheryl
> If he is giving an ACTUAL bite, like to break skin, as apossed to
> just trying to make you move, then I'd towel him to remove him from
> tthe cage. Remain very calm while doing this. Take the bird to a
> neutral room where you will be doing his step up training. It can be
> a bathroom (mirrors covered if he is flighted (you should have him
> clipped before training though) and toilet bowl closed)and put him on
> your knee...Talk softly to him, and gently push your finger into him
> at the point that his lefs meet his body, telling him "step up"
> or "up" firmly. When he has stepped up, LAVISH praise on him...GOOD
> BOY, GOOD BOY, whatever you want to say, and make your voice very
> happy and enthusiastic. Keep doing it, and always give the
> command "step up" or "up" first. Laddering is the same thing, just
> doing it as "up, up, up, up, up" alternating fingers of both hands.
> If he flies off or doesn't step up in the beginning, be very patient
> and remain calm. Always end on a happy and friendly note and give
> him a treat, but ALWAYS be sure that when you end the training
> session, it is after he HAS stepped up...When he is doing it
> automatically, from different areas/rooms in the house, (train from
> different places, like from the back of a chair, from his playstand,
> etc, so he learns that it doesn't matter where he is at any given
> time...that if you say step up, that is what he needs to do. When he
> gets pretty good at it (they are so smart, it doesn't take long)then
> practice it when he is in his cage...Give him the "step up" command
> as soon as you open the cage door, in a firm voice.
> Good luck, and if you want to e-mail me, you are more than welcome to!
What kinds of birds do you have Cheryl? You seem to know a lot!