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JodyL
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PostSubject: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:21 am

Embarassed I thought I was being so clever when she first destroyed my bathrobe while sitting on my shoulder. I made a little cape with toys on it that were "allowed" for chewing. Well now 3 capes later I realize I actually have trained her to chew clothing and to want to be on me- her human tree- all the time.

How do I undo? What a dope.

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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:07 pm

lol thats funny....good luck

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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:48 pm

Um... I think your best bet is to try to substitute something for the behavior you don't want -- like hang something cape-like on her playgym and reinforce her regularly for chewing on that. It's a lot harder to extinguish an unwanted behavior than to train a new one as far as I can tell!
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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:58 pm

I agree with SnS , It's easier to "replace" or substitute a bad habit with a good one. Just abolishing a bad habit is tough.
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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:29 am

I agree, try to move her onto something new that she may like better. Sometimes the chewing is a phase too. Merlin destroyed several of my shirts when I first got him, now two years later he seems to have stopped on his own.
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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:35 pm

Chewing is just a fact of life with a conure. That you may never be able to change.

The needing to be on you constantly can more easily be changed with some tough love.

http://staringatbirdsandgoats.blogspot.com/2011/05/bird-tip-more-independence.html

http://staringatbirdsandgoats.blogspot.com/2011/01/bird-tip-teach-independence-to-reduce.html

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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:58 pm

She is actually pretty good at being independent. I have always(with my lovebird) allowed some shoulder time- which I know is controversial. As you know a bird's gotta chew- so when Sayde is on my shoulder- how do you get her to not chew the clothes?

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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:53 pm

JodyL wrote:
As you know a bird's gotta chew- so when Sayde is on my shoulder- how do you get her to not chew the clothes?
Try to find something else she can chew on there. Scotty sometimes sits with Bill and chews on a wooden clothespin. Maybe a small piece of balsa or something like that would give her an alternative chewy thing?
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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:08 pm

Shoot. Maybe put a towel on your shoulder for her to sit on that she's allowed to chew?

As for the shoulder thing. I don't think it's a big deal - so long as they're well behaved and it's on your terms.

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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:04 pm

Has the clothes eating issue gotten any better?

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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:08 pm

Yes, I got one of those birdie necklace toys- plastic chain with toys attached. She seems interested in that when she is not chewing on my ear. Very gently though. Ha Ha.
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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:52 pm

What a great idea!

I'm in the middle of trying to break the "conure on the head" habit. I've never let Micky up there, so he's not so bad, but Allie? She used to ride around up there for hours! I appreciate the pain of trying to unteach a bad habit!!!! It's painful!!

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PostSubject: Re: I think I trained Sadye to eat my clothes....   Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:44 am

It reminds me how my bf let both cockatiels to chew his chain. Now he's on the phrase: Noo! It's not your toy!
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