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    As some of you may remember, last year I posted about my new pet. A parakeet named Aven. Between then and a few months ago, I had been trying to train Aven to simply get on my finger through a step by step training procedure on this site I found. I got to step...4 where I put part of my finger on a perch that Aven knows is safe, and he's supposed to step on it and my finger at the same time to learn that my finger is safe. This step worked fairly well, he would get on the perch but occasionally he would freak out and I'd have to quit for a while. After a week of doing this, he didn't seem to get much better but the instructions assured me that I could move onto the next step, trying to get him on my finger. I tried so many times and he just kept flying away. So after a while I just quit. I had even backtracked to step 3 for a while which he did very well. ANYWAYS, now, a few months later, I've decied to try again since he is very used to me since I got him, he doesn't fly around like a maniac when I change his food and stuff, he just flies to his back perch. So I'd like to try again but use a different method. I don't know what kind of method to use but I know I want it to suit Aven's personality of being skitzy, stubborn, and sometimes playful. I also need some ideas on some good kinds of treats to give him. I used to give him cheerios and he LOVED them but there was no way I could give them to him that he could see it as being praised. I just need pure HELP.

    BTW, here's a really badly taken picture of him that I just now took. It's kind of blurry because I can't keep the camera still. x.x;
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    Quote[/b] ]I used to give him cheerios and he LOVED them but there was no way I could give them to him that he could see it as being praised.
    why not? When trying to train him, don't put any in his food or anything.
    If he loves them so much, first I would try hand feeding him the cheerios. When he accepts them, the next thing I would do is to try to make him HAVE to step on my finger to get to them, while giving him a command or something. Just put your right finger in front of him (in front and a little above his perch... they like going up, not down) and with your left hand hold the cheerio so he can't reach it unless he climbs on to your finger.
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    I totally agree with AlphaWolf.I would try that.And they do like to step up,so just like he said,place your finger infront of Aven and slighty touching his chest area.He may fly away if you do this,but it may also encourage him to "step up" to your finger.And just hold the cheerio infront of him and make him work for it.But always end on a good note.So if he just does it once,then stop there and give him the yummy.You'll do great,don't give up.He's a very pretty bird btw [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] I used to have a baby blue and white one named Buddy.~Niki~
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    that's right, my birds don't step up unless you almost push them off the perch with your finger LOL. little brats. They don't really like stepping up so we don't ask them unless it's necessary. They jump/fly to our shoulders instead.
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    I tried the methods that have been suggested and I haven't had any luck yet...he just kept flying around and ramming into my hand, but not actually landing on it... I tried to to use his favorite mirror and stuff. I tried to coax him onto it, while I was holding it. But it didn't work...he just won't let me get close to him. It's been almost 12 months since I've had him and he's just really stubborn.....
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    i started training parakeets (others) by using romaine lettuce in the cages. theyloved it. once they were eating it i held it trough the cage bars while they fed. i did that for awhile then moved my hand into the cage wholding the lettuce. that whole step alone took me a month and a half. i could have worked faster but if i went to fast wed have to start all over
    that makes no logic

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    I had a couple of parakeets as a kid. I remember that they had their wings clipped when bought. This made training them much easier. I would put my finger in front of them and press slightly on them until they got on. It was either get on my finger or fall off the perch! Seemed mean, but after 1wk they would get on automatically, and continued to do so once they could fly again. I taught them some tricks afterwards, but it was always tougher once they could fly.

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    I bought Aven without his wings clipped.

    I'll ask my mom to pick up some romaine lettuce and see if your method will work on Aven too. I hope it does...
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