Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Back to Business

Today we got back to business and continued on the quest: Manzi becoming a free flighted parrot. So, I previously decided to switch my training to recall training. He wasn't interested this morning, so I took away his treats and just left him a morning meal of pellets. This evening he was very interested and came to me each time I called taking off immediately after I called him. Tomorrow I will try recalling him from the other room forcing him to maneuver through the doorways. Manzi is very good at recall training and maybe we can try the auditorium soon.

Unfortunately, on Friday I am leaving again for 10 days, but after that I am full speed ahead with training. Judging by the point of where Manzi is and what we have ahead I think that by the end of this summer he might be ready to begin free flights.

I am working on a potential schedule so if anyone has ideas please share. So far it is this:
-Get him to recall every time without hesitation in the same room.
-Recall from any room in the apartment.
-Fly to cage on command and then recall when given the cue.
-Recall in a large auditorium from a longer distance and flying upwards and downwards (do this by standing up on bleachers).
-Go outside and begin very short distances using the recall.
-Do training to help him learn to maneuver through trees.
-Do longer flights outside with harness.
-Do long flights outside without harness.


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