BTT: Your Go-To on Troubleshooting Clicker Training & Target Training Problems

BTT: Your Go-To on Troubleshooting Clicker Training & Target Training Problems

 May 24th, 2015
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Told ya I wouldn’t be the screen capture this week!

This video was inspired by the loss of our best Spreecast video we had ever made, and we answered soooo many issues people were having regarding hurdles they couldn’t jump over with clicker training and target training. So here it is, to stay this time!

We answer things like:

1. What if your bird is too distracted to train?

2. What if your bird flies off when you want to train it?

3. What if your bird is afraid of the sound of the clicker?

4. What if your bird is afraid of the touch training stick?

5. What if your bird won’t take a treat?

6. And a bunch, bunch, more!

If you are having problems GETTING STARTED, this video is for you. If you’ve gotten started and just can’t seem to progress, this video is for you! If you have no idea where to begin, this video is for you!

This one is much longer than we ever want to make in the future but we wanted to make sure everything got answered.

In the future we are going to try to keep these videos to around 15 minutes… but we’ll see if we can stick to that or not 😉

Happy BirdTricks Tuesday!

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23 Comments on “BTT: Your Go-To on Troubleshooting Clicker Training & Target Training Problems”

Lynn  05/26/2015 9:31 am

The video would not upload for me ????

Lynn  05/26/2015 9:34 am

lol idk why but after I sent the comment the video loaded Hahahahahahahahahaha. Weird!!!

Brenda Martin  05/26/2015 9:52 am

This video was great. Your daughter is adorable and the clips of your show were an awesome treat too! I know you mentioned covering a video of screaming, but I was wondering if you could also cover talking in that. I feel like you would you the clicker to help your bird repeat a word, but what is the best method to teach them a word? I have see that you guys use other bird talking to teach, but I feel like when I do that with my Amazon he freaks out and starts screaming. Any suggestions on how to handle this?

Lynn  05/26/2015 10:27 am

Love the video – especially those little ‘WOW’ interjections from your daughter. Lol. The video answered some questions I had and hadn’t asked yet like ‘ how do I get my parrot to wave?’ Because my bird when she steps up uses her beak first so pulling my hand away last minute was not going to further our trusting bond. Hahaha
My question today is re: the shower. Charlie ( my green checked female conure) baths herself regularly in her bowl but when I’m doing dishes or having a shower she gets really excited and wants me to bath her. The only way she lets me bath her is if she sits in my hands which I love. 😉 but I’ve always wondered what temp the water should be? Especially when I’ve read that others let their birds shower with them?? Right now I use lukewarm because it’s not too cold for my hands but not hot for her. Thanks again for your videos

Kathy Comer  05/26/2015 11:07 am

Thank You so much for the awesome videos on Tuesdays. I’ve learned so much in a couple weeks. I especially liked the example of getting your bird on to the new surface(box) with target training. My bird Grady is so much more friendly now that he has learned to target with your help. Do you have any tips for getting my budgie, Lucky, to step up? He will fly over to my finger and perch there, but will not come on to my finger if held close to him, strange.

Gene Brown  05/26/2015 11:54 am

Enjoyed your video. I would like to train my blue front amazon to allow me to trim its nails. Any thoughts on how to start?

Annette H.  05/26/2015 1:50 pm

I have really been enjoying the Birdtricks Tuesday! There is always something new that I am learning and reinforcing my behavior as in training. I have been trying to get my bird used to a vet visit (she had something in her eye and it had to be removed), but through that process I saw how misbehaved she is. I think most of it was that she was scared as she was in an unfamiliar place, but the first step I am working on is getting her used to a syringe and stationing to one place. This video was great to go back to the basics of touch training her with the syringe! Thanks!!

stephen  05/26/2015 3:52 pm

This video is great. I have used a lot of your videos to help me with my green cheek Conure. I’ve had to stop using the clicker though as I get bitten when holding stuff, but never with the touch training stick, so I’m working on this. I’m looking forward to your next video as I have used your techniques to achieve my recall so my Conure flies to me when I ask him and I can send him back to his Perch. This was all done using touch training and clicker training so the next video will be very interesting to see if I’ve done it right. Thank you for your videos.

Peter Newlands  05/26/2015 4:15 pm

The expanded description and demonstration with clicker training has greatly helped in better understanding the practical elements of using a clicker that I had not fully picked up on in earlier Bird Tricks videos and DVD’s.

Ammon Morales  05/26/2015 4:47 pm

Thanks so much for making this video! I’m sure it will help me tons. Capri is just to cute! I love how calm she is with the birds. I am very grateful for all the things you cover in your videos. I have a question. I have a cockatiel and he is not afraid of the clicker or the stick, but every time he sees my hand he flys away. I tried to target him on my hand in the cage. It was going good till he saw my hand and hissed and raw away. You and Dave or Dave and you (who ever is reading this) are awesome. I can’t wait to watch the video next week! Once again, thank you for making the videos.

Rebecca R  05/26/2015 5:34 pm

Love Birdtricks and your dedication to help us be better to our parrots!!!!

Kaci O’Dell  05/27/2015 7:02 pm

We have 4 birds. 2 conures, 1 African Gray and one ring neck. They are all babies. The conures are right @ a year old, the ring neck is about 3 months old and the African Gray is about 8 months old. We have recently come across We have purchased the pellets, one day miracles and taming and training. They are all doing great with training and we are really excited about this new found way to communicate with our birds!However, the long term goal we have is for all of our birds to be out at the same time. Currently, we have to get one out at a time, the conures do not like each other,at all, and the other 2 we have been apprehensive to see how they get along. What is the best way to get our birds to tolerate each other? I realize they may never be buddies and play together, but we want to be able to have them all out/on the same perch etc without the fear of someone getting hurt. They are all flighted, however with them being so young the conures are the only two that can actually fly. What are the best steps to take to achieve this goal?

Paulette Melick  05/27/2015 10:38 pm

This was super! Thanks for all you share. I will use this with several people who are having difficulty or are just learning!

Paulette Melick  05/28/2015 9:21 am

My yellow nape, who raised from a baby, is now 30. He is a total delight and I love him more then words can say. He is a joy to have, easy to handle and loved by all. As life happens and as you can well imagine, I have gone through many phases with him. I have all your trick training tapes and he certainly has is repertoire (wave, batman, tough bird, etc.). But I wanted lots more and started working on the retrieve. I did it exactly wrong and over trained. You are SOOO right about 2-5 min max! It has been over 2 years since I tried any serious training. I’d really like to slooooowly add to his trick base. I’m thinking I need to either start the “new” training sessions in an entirely new environment or figure out a behavior to capture rather then do any direct training. Any suggestions???
Also, it is a joy to see your precious little girl. I really enjoy seeing her! Thanks for sharing so much with us.

Naomi Campbell  05/28/2015 11:53 am

I received my one day miracles. April 16th I love love love it. I have 2 parakeets, 1 cockatiel, and a GW macaw, I got them all 2 weeks apart. At first I wanted to get a Cockatoo. But the pet store doesn’t sell them. :0( Anyway on the way to see what they had my husband ask me if I felt that it is right to buy a bird and put them in a cage. My first responds to him was, wouldn’t you rather have us buy one and love it then to someone else who wouldn’t take care of it. When we got to the store and there was only 1 cockatiel and he keep looking at all the parakeets. I guess my words keep repeating in his head. That day we left with 1 cocktail and 2 parakeets ;0) . Two weeks later we went to a bird store and he wasn’t going to tell me that he wanted to get me a cockatoo. (I guess he seen how quick I trained the biting nasty cockatiel to give kisses and step up. By the way —> which I learned on your youtube videos) ;0) there were no Cockatoos. As we walked around the store he see this GW macaw. He looked like a little boy at christmas time seeing his nice shiny new red bike he has asked for. Well guess what the macaw Riptide is our new baby. That smile was priceless. so when we got home I joined your newsletter and now he wasn’t into teaching birdtricks. LOL but I talked him into letting me get your one day miracles. He was amazed how quick Riptide was learning new things. Not to mention the other 3 birds.We took Riptide back to get his/her nails clipped and one of the ladies told us that Riptide love to nip and bite at people in the store. I said I was clicker training. She just couldn’t believe how good she was behaving. I also used it on a neighbor’s cocktail. They were also amazed how much their cocktail learned in one day. THANK YOU :0)
We also have a older dog and 2 cats 6 years old. Now that you know our back ground. My 4 questions…Question 1) should I get my cockatoo while Riptide (which just turned 1 year a few weeks go) is still young and new or do I wait. I am just afraid Riptide might get too attached and if and when we bring another bird into the house there might be some jealousy. Question 2) which bird is better and would get along with our GW macaw? rose breast cockatoo or Umbrella Cockatoo. Question 3) Should we get Riptides DNA to see if it is a boy or girl. I know they have different behaviors. Does it matter? Question 4) When and if we get a Cockatoo should the GW be the same sex or doesn’t matter? Sorry this is so long and my 2 Questions turned into 4. Thank you in advance.

Lisa  05/28/2015 12:50 pm

Really enjoying the short vignettes. Gleaning a lot of ideas and refreshers. Thanks for the comment about leaving birds in cages. I feel better now leaving the kids in cages. When we only had one macaw she had the run of the house, when we got two more, they got into too much mischief . We now keep all three macaw’s in their separate cages during the day. When we’re home, they’re out, (they still get into trouble when but my husband and I still feel guilty about leaving them in cages during the day. I do try to vary the toys (use your toy of the month club) also tie branches on top (outside) of cages w/wooden clothes pins hidden amongst the leaves but so they can reach thru and still grab- (though they find them as fast as I clip them) but glad of your comment and it makes sense when related to training.

warrie  05/28/2015 3:52 pm

just a quick question ..are you guys going to do a screaming when you walk out of the room tip ?

Joan  06/01/2015 9:44 pm

Do you actually do the training in person and then show me how to do it? I need hands on training and not just your books? If so, how much? Thank you! Jd

Jamieleigh  06/02/2015 10:36 am

We can, but right not we are not available to do so until December. You can write to Patty on our facebook page and see if it is something she may be available for. It would be the cost of the plane ride, hotel and $250/day for the consult.

Candace Riddle  06/05/2015 3:35 am

We are bring home a 1 year old scarlet macaw and what is the first step to clicker training. Is it simply click and treat? I just found your site and I am so grateful I did. Also how do you decide to keep flighted or cut flight wings? Just want to make the safest choice for our new Fid.

Jamieleigh  06/07/2015 4:31 pm

Always keep them flighted. It’s best for their health, behavior and well being.

Kathrine  06/13/2015 2:41 pm

I Bought some of YouR videoes – and I am hooked.. So today I ordered the organic pellets.. And I have to wait till there’s more money in the bank before I buy YouR Cook book. The first video I watched was an eyeopener deluxe, Cus it told me how much my parrot needs to be fed. My Billie had a ton of seeds in her cage, which I promptly reduced to a spoonfull.. Her breeder have all his Birds on seeds and nuts and only some bits of apple ad their only fruit n greens. Till I have the pellets, she gets Whitters I serve outside the cage, I Cook organic bulgur, barley seeds, White beans, red lentels and add finely chopped herbs. I add fresh fruit to that. blueberries, physalis, dates are among her favorites. Dandylions too – especially the dandylionroot…. I have had her for a month now and she will eat or try every thing I give her. My whish is to have my lovebird Dolly eat just as healthy as Billie (Senegal parrot baby girl neeJan 30th.) I have just started touch training with Billie and she gets it!!!! She is so timid and scared of most things, So I am going to take my time to Get it Right. If my hands ain’t holding food, they are avoided like the plague. LoL.

claudette jaggers  06/28/2015 6:52 pm

What you guys are doing for the bird community is just great. A lot of people do not have the money to hire a professional trainer and the way you present the video’s and answering all the questions is just way to cool. I am sure it has made a big difference the way people can interact with their birds. Hopefully keeping some of them out of rescues. Thank you so much. I hope you keep up the bird trick Tuesday’s I look forward to watching it every week. Thanks