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Step Up Hand Preference

What to do when your bird will only Step up onto one hand

By Mattie Sue Athan

Bird Training
Vary your techniques if your bird refuses to Step up on one hand, but will Step up onto the other.
Courtesy Lea Matejka

If a parrot refuses to Step up on the left hand but will Step up onto the right hand, or vice versa, vary the Step-up practice:

1. Substitute hand-held perches for hands.

2. Practice from a low perch or chair back,going from the perch to the preferred hand repeatedly. Omit the unwanted hand until responses are automatic.

3. Cover your hands with a towel.

4. Teach Step backs rather than forward Step ups.

5. Or, when practicing from hand to hand, lower the hand that is being stepped off of rather than raising the one that is stepped onto so the new “perch” is more stable than the one left behind.

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great info
n, n, TN
Posted: 6/25/2013 11:34:02 AM
Cheryl, North Fort Myers, FL
Posted: 3/26/2011 2:35:59 AM
An interesting article.
JoJo, Cedar Falls, IA
Posted: 2/17/2009 5:11:21 PM
Ilike the article. However, I acquired a Quaker parriot that had been in the wild for quite sometime, a male and I cannot get him to learn to set up and all he wants to do is bite me. Sometimes really hard. I have had him now sime 8/23/07 and he is healthy and has lots of toys and etc.
Do you have any suggestions for me?
Mary Lou, Carrollton, TX
Posted: 9/24/2007 12:30:16 PM
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