In the “a stitch in time saves nine” quotes category, there’s a popular saying in education:
“Go slow to go fast.”
Essentially, if you don’t want to re-teach a skill multiple times over, it’s worth teaching it well and thoroughly the first time. Which takes patience.
So, so much patience.
Shockingly, this is also true for bird training! Vi and I have been going agonizingly slowly in our developing relationship… But here we are–new successes! Every day that hubby and I hang out in the basement, Vi now climbs down to come visit with me. One week later, I’d guess this behavior is 60% food motivated rather than 95%. =) Progress!
She still won’t step up from her cage (although she frequently says the phrase “Step up!” as if she wants to–contrary snot!) but we made another positive step forward today; I brought her upstairs when she went after my flavored-bad-for-birdy popcorn, set her on our “big bird” stand as I made her some bird-safe popcorn, and she enjoyed herself in her new-found play area–so much so that she didn’t want to step up.
We were either going to break new ground in our training, or she was going to break skin (she postured to bite!)
I gently insisted she stepped up, promising her popcorn, which she didn’t actually want, anyway…
My hand remains intact. Up she went!
This is the longest I’ve gone without getting maimed by any parrot we’ve owned. =) Fingers crossed that I continue to have fingers to cross rather than losing a digit or two to her big, bad Amazon beak!
Just keep swimming, what do we do, we swim, swim, swim…