Saturday, September 19, 2009

Simplest Steps to Teaching Step-up

Yesterday I volunteered at the local zoo, and as usual they utilized my outstanding cleaning skills. Well okay anyone can hose down penguin poop and sift exhibit sand, but that's not the point, I'm just saying I stayed busy while I was there.
Every week I also bring by enrichment items for the birds to shred, and this time it was two large willow baskets filled with goodies and some sort of cardboard foraging toy I made from what was leftover in a box that was shipped to me last week, cheap and fun!

I usually get some free time to goof off with the animals and during that time I got to start working with a female Gang-gang Cockatoo. From what I hear she used to step up, but now she does it rarely and only with specific people. Take a listen to my diary to find out what happened, some of it is hard to understand because of my poor editing skills, and I will get better at that. - Download and save to your computer to listen, you will need microsoft media player, or something that plays an MP3 *Revision: after a current self assement of the method used, rewarding with a "jackpot" at every step is not needed, even though it says to in the MP3. It is preffered to use jackpots less often, as I have learned from Cassie Malina last weekend.*

Disclaimer: I am not a professional trainer, everything I do is based on POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT theory and I get my information from top professional trainers in the field. One trainer that I highly recommend is at

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