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Gentle Beak technique

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Old 07-24-2012, 07:12 PM   #21
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I say "nice beak" but I think we are learning this really well, and he seems genuinely happy when I reward him
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:38 PM   #22
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That is really cute. I'll have to try with Clover. He prefers to bite me rather than bond with me.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:53 AM   #23
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Thank-you for posting this, we just bought our first Parrotlet yesterday so I am sure this will come in handy.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:41 PM   #24
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I've been doing this with my puddles for only 2 days! and it's already working! he is 11wks too! because of this.. he trust my hands in his cage! I'm so happy and a proud mama!
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Old 08-03-2012, 07:50 AM   #25
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Great job Puddles!
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This is exactly what I did with my first plet, Clover. After she learned to step up, she learned "gentle beak", where my thumb and index finger become a beak and gently hold her beak between them and pat it. Now when I say "gentle beak", she leans over and pats whichever part of my body is closest to her. (She has since learned "gentle beak AND kisses"! where she also make a kissing sound when she does this - very cute that she came up with it on her own)
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:26 AM   #27
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i have started doing this with my bird as she gets realy nasty with biting and when you try to pull your pinger out her beak or move her she lunges and squawks at me, she only does it sometimes like shes in a bad mood. when i try to give her gentle beak she dodges out the way so i cant touch her beak
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:53 AM   #28
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i have started doing this with my bird as she gets realy nasty with biting and when you try to pull your pinger out her beak or move her she lunges and squawks at me, she only does it sometimes like shes in a bad mood. when i try to give her gentle beak she dodges out the way so i cant touch her beak
Just keep trying. You will both learn how to do it together. LOL But if she is dodging she is not biting so that's a good thing.
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Wasabi would dodge or lunge at my finger if I moved it too fast, if I went slowly and drew out the "gentle beak" phrase, he would let me stroke his beak.
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Gentle Beak

I love this method! Zephyr understood the "no bite" method - he just didn't care. He would bite me if he felt like it, actually say "no bite" and then go back in his cage. Seriously. Having the little bugger intentionally bite me and then say "no bite" is utterly infuriating. "Gentle Beak" is positive reinforcement instead of negative. Works SO much better.
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