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Jan
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PostSubject: Training Bentley   Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:00 pm

I thought I'd move my discussion to this section rather than continuing on in the health section. Smile

Today I think I had a breakthrough!! Little Bentley stepped up for me without much panic and after sitting with me for a bit while I sang and talked to him, he let me kiss his belly without leaning back in horror! Yay! I had another session with him after dinner and he seemed just as relaxed as he was this morning. Headway is being made. Makes me feel a lot better to see some sort of progress... 

I forgot to make a vet appointment today but I'll try to get in this week to get his foot looked at.
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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:23 pm

So when do we get pictures?
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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:34 pm

LOL well, I have a few but he's been so nervous that I haven't taken many. Here he is on my hand Smile He's a cutie patootie.
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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:07 am

I have been working with Arthur for over a year and just recently started making significant progress. Granted Arthur has a lot more "issues" than your little one, but you never really know what you are going to get. Breeder birds are truly the way to go. Rescues are a lot more work.

The best advice I can give is some hard advice I had to take myself: be patient.

Only work as much or as fast as your bird wants to, not how fast you want to go. If he is not ready, pushing at all won't work. It has to go at his pace. It wasn't until I gave in and decided to take whatever Arthur would give that he really started to make progress.

One other thing you could try is to interact with Sputnik often, outside the new bird's cage. Be very excited when Sputnik does things you want him to, and give lots of treats, and let the new bird see you give treats. It may take a while but he will figure it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:05 am

Honestly, my parakeet has never been a "people bird." She is much happier in the company of another bird and I don't force the issue. She is not terrified of me by any means, but she doesn't seem to particularly like me, either. It's sometimes just what you get.
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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:48 pm

Looking at baby budgie pictures are dangerous for me!

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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:07 pm

zazanomore wrote:
Looking at baby budgie pictures are dangerous for me!

 I know!!!!!! LOL. Big button eyes are my weakness Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Wed Jul 24, 2013 9:09 pm

Thanks Roger - you have good advice and I think I'll try what you said about working with Sputnik outside of Bentley's cage. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:21 pm

Jan wrote:
zazanomore wrote:
Looking at baby budgie pictures are dangerous for me!

 I know!!!!!! LOL. Big button eyes are my weakness Smile

 That is a cute little guy!
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PostSubject: Re: Training Bentley   Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:52 am

Whenever I see a baby budgie with the bars still on it's forehead I just feel like crying out of cuteness. It's right up there with baby feet and kitten mews.

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