Model Rival Training Technique Video

I decided to do another video blog on the how we use modeling to trick train our birds.

Modeling works well for us because not only is the second bird watching the first bird and seeing that responding to a command in a particular way gains a treat, it also gives the bird a rival to compete against for the attention of the trainer.

Modeling can also work if you have only one bird.  You just need a willing human who doesn’t mind acting as he second bird.

Birds are very watchful and learn a lot just from watching what is going on around them.  Miles has even learned how to ask for a treat simply by watching Bella do it so many times.  Miles has never been trained to ask for some food, yet he knows how!

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2 responses

    • haha no problem! I always feel stupid making them, but its so much easier to show than to explain in words. For second birds, I find people who dont mind feeling a little stupid work the best. My 18 year old sister who wants to work with preschool kids is a great second bird. My 15 year old brother who thinks its ‘stupid’ and ‘uncool’, not so much lol.

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