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Old 06-26-2012, 07:29 AM
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Well, it's 5 months into my clicker training and I wanted to share this one:

Tricky Wiki 2 - YouTube
I'm very, very proud of what this clever little fellow has taught me.


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you must be such a good trainer!!
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Thank you - but I think Wiki's a better learner
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Well, Wiki's a year old now, and after his large moult he's been able to fly! So all our training has been focused on flight recall to make him a safe, happy flying machine. Here's his latest exploits..

Flight Recalls & Flighted Basketball:
Tricky Wicky 3 - YouTube
Birdie Bowling:
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So, we're right into flight recall now and I've also started doing a bit of toilet training! It's mostly work on my part, but I'm hoping to associate a particular perch or the cage with droppings, so that he will take himself to his toilet perch or cage when he needs to. It's certainly made me aware of what signs he gives when it's time to go..

Colour sorting is improving - we're at about 80% on one colour, 30% on the second colour. When he's really got it down, I'll have to post some more video.
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Hi i have just watched your videos and they are fantastic,well done to you both,its made my day
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Glad you enjoyed them! We enjoy making them too :-)
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Hi,

Was wondering where did you purchase your props from?

I went to every local and online pet store that I can find. I have not found one that is budgie-sized. Especially the basketball hoop and the ball. The problem with the online stores that I found on amazon and ebay, the ball is attached to the hoop via a metal chain which makes it difficult to train my budgies to fetch the ball. While the others are just too big for a budgie. So I had to crush a small piece of paper and use a cup to teach them.

Your bowling ball trick is simply amazing. Must teach my budgie to do that. Lol.

Please tell me where to get these budgie size props.

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Toilet training!?

I heard that was impossible for budgies! It certainly would be with my Peeper, who is hand-tame but could care less about humans or pleasing them or interacting with them...
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Was wondering where did you purchase your props from?
It's always tricky knowing what's budgie sized, isn't it? If anyone wants some of these props, I'm happy to help you get them!

The little basket came from South Australian Bird Company - they've got some great kit. They'll sell & post to anyone in Australia, but they're not ready to sell online or to overseas. They have a large selection of toys and DIY toy parts which are great for budgies (I have tiny cups, maracas all sorts of things!). I grab their parrot foot toys which are about the right size for budgies. They also have the Zoo-Max toys (which are budgie sized) and a few nice play gyms and a "fitness centre: which comes with a barbell and a basketball ring.

The slinky I can get my hands on easily - they're from my local supermarket. The ball I use for fetch is actually one of those perch toys with the small balls that spins - I took the ball out of that, as most cat balls are too big. The bowling set I got from ebay and replaced the ball bearing with a small marble.

If you're interested in a basketball set like mine, I can have a hunt around and source the parts and put a couple together to post? Happy to do that!

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Toilet training!?

I heard that was impossible for budgies!
I think it's maybe just challenging because they go so often and have such fast metabolisms!

He's got the hang of "when I put you on the perch, if you go to the toilet now, I'll pick you up again" :-) I started by taking him out of the cage first thing, and putting him onto the perch until he's done it, then we go to having fun. As that's usually the first thing they do when they are uncovered in the morning, so it's easy to get the association happening.

Now we've associated the place with the action, I can keep the "potty perch" close at hand, and watch for the signs / times when he's due to go, then put him on the perch to do it - and with the previous association, he knows that if he goes, I'll pick him up again. So we're actually doing quite well :-)

The aim is to get him so closely associating the perch with the action that he chooses to go there, rather than waiting for me to put him there and pick him up again. It's all a bit of an experiment. There's no cue words (so he doesn't hold it in), and he still uses his cage as usual.
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