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Re: Proudly owned by a new Meyers Parrot

Posted by Cheryl on 8/18/06
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    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!