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Q. It's almost impossible to tame my indian ringneck, he's afraid of everyone if I put my arm under his chest he just flies up doesn't let me near him?

Answered By
LAURA E. MCRAE

A. Your best bet is to use positive reinforcement training, particularly a method called "clicker" training. However, this isn't going to be an overnight fix. You will have to learn how to use the training effectively and plan to put the time in to overcome your pet's fear. The general concept behind positive reinforcement training is that you use something your bird wants (a reward) to increase positive behaviors. In this case, the positive behavior initially would be not flying away from you. Later, you will be able to add other desirable behaviors within your ringneck's natural repetoire of behaviors, such as walk into a crate or stepping up on your arm. I recommend that you purchase a book on clicker training. "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor is a classic. There are also near books geared specifically toward birds (usually parrots but many of the concepts will apply). You may also wish to find a mentor who clicker trains (bird, dog, anything) to learn the basics. I, or one of the other experts on this site, would be happy to consult with you individually to guide you through the first steps of your training. Good luck!


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