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Date:9/15/2014 2:31:34 AM
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Hey Ted!
How are you? What have you been up to since last I heard from ya?

My update - I've been away from home for a few days now, staying at a behavioral consultant's (Gayle's)house. Mom and Dad want to see if we can't all work together to get me more engaged in my cage with toys and foraging opportunities so I don't just pick my tummy and otherwise be bored and depressed. (You can see me on Gayle's blog site: http://parrotbehavior.blogspot.com/ -- I'm a star,hehheh!)

Mom has been reading up on training techniques. She's already trained me to target to a stick. That means I will tap it with my beak when she extends it to me and I get a little treat (in my case, some scritches and praise. I'm not really food motivated). SHe's training the other birds how to do it, too. You can use that skill to teach other behaviors, too. Mom figures it'll take a lot of baby steps, but we can do it.

I come back a week from today. Mom can't wait. It's been so quiet at home, relatively speaking, without me there. Even Dad said he missed me. They're hoping the week goes by awfully quickly.

They'll consult with Gayle when they come to pick me up. Together they'll plan out how to train me and get me to the point where I'm engaged and playing and foraging in my cage. I can't wait to get my collar off -- we all want this to work!

Well, you take care. I hope you're staying warm and dry out there in OH. The sun was shining today here. We have a storm on its way, so we enjoyed it while we had it.

See ya, my friend!
Artie
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