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Right On Target

Teach your bird a new way to "Step Up" & much more

By Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D and Lori Wilson, Photos by Timothy Wilson

Teaching your pet bird to target proves to be a very important behavioral skillIf you ask a group of parrot lovers, “What’s the most important behavior to teach pet parrots?” without giving it a second thought, many people would respond, “Step Up!”

That’s what we used to say, too. Then one day, my daughter sent me a photo she’d taken in Washington, D.C., with the caption, “How do you walk a bunch of lil’ kids to the city museum and get back to school with the same number you left with?” The answer: Teach them to target just like Lori Wilson taught Lil’ Dude the Pacific parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)! So we gave it a second thought and decided that targeting should be added to the list of very important skills to teach our parrots.

**For the full article, pick up the March 2009 issue of BIRD TALK**

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Dr. Friedman is tops in her field and BT and BirdChannel are congratulated on publishing this article by Friedman and Lori Wilson.
Julie, Denver, CO
Posted: 4/9/2009 9:14:45 AM
I tried this with my almost 18 year old cockatiel Beeper. What did he learn? A perfect clicker imitation!
marcy, southfield, MI
Posted: 2/7/2009 7:48:42 PM
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