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Building Trust With Your Bird - One Click At A Time!

Canis Film Festival - Canis 2007 - Multi-Species Category Winner -

Canis Film Festival

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by Shirley J. Morgan & Ellen K. Cook, D.V.M.

An avian veterinarian, familiar with clicker training, instructs a young man with no prior experience, how to teach a novice parrot the basics of clicker training. This bird was hand-shy and bit people who attempted to handle her.  The film demonstrates the basic principles of clicker training a parrot, beginning with how to condition the clicker, using food rewards, followed by how to teach targeting, and the “step-up” request. Building trust quickly between teacher and student results in the first “step-up” on camera, capturing the delight of both parties with successful learning. The film concludes with scenes of the veterinarian demonstrating some of the behaviors she has taught her own bird with clicker training.