- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: AdlA Papageienhilfe GmbH (17 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3939770655
- ISBN-13: 978-3939770657
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
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Clicker Training for Parrots and Other Birds. The Bird School: Including Flighted Birds and Taming Paperback – 17 Aug 2012
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Buy it for someone who has not studied conditioning in great depth. I would say it is good for a young teen to an adult. My bird rapidly learned to click the clicker, not a lesson in the book, for a reward. He puts up an incredible fight to keep it as he is now truly convinced that it makes sunflower seeds materialize from my hands.
As far as the people arguing that the clicker takes longer or confuses the bird I would say that is only partly true. You do have to spend a while letting the bird associate the clicker with a treat and then progress from there. It could be replaced by a word, snap of the fingers, or other noise, but the clicker is easier to avoid misusing and makes a distinct sound in a short interval. This can be essential when trying to shape a behavior. If you tend to talk to your bird I recommend clicker training. If you have good control of when you offer praise it is not really necessary but still handy for encouraging short rarely seen behaviors.
My second bird Snoopy spent time outside before I got her and is afraid of her own shadow. With clicker training she started enjoying life again. She learnt fast what the "click" means and has fewer panic attacks. Soon, she'll be ready for the target stick. Now I can actually "do something" with my birds rather than just talk to them.
The step-by-step instructions in "The Bird School" by Ann Castro are very easy to follow, and the pictures are worth "a thousand words." To my surprise the book came with a clicker and a target stick!
But reading the book also brought back sad memories. Years ago, I had a friend who always showed up with bite marks on her arms, inflicted by her own parrot. I found the explanation in the "Bird School": The bird was lonely and bored. The punishment for biting (screaming and yelling) was his reward, and that's why it never stopped. I wish a book like this had been available then!
Clicker training is a fun activity for budgies and other small birds. For parrots, clicker training is even more important to socialize them and make life enjoyable for birds and owners alike.