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« on: December 18, 2010, 08:41:10 am »

I am trying to teach Hollywood how to play with humans.  He will interact and get excited etc while on his "tree" or his cage but will not play WITH us.  So I had him out on me  last night and thought I would try.  I took one of Cassie's old socks and played with it while he was with me, offerring it to him which he dropped.   So I then tickled my nose and my belly saying tickle my nose, tickle the belly, hahaha, then did the same to him and he laughed too.  I must have looked like a dweeb. loco6  But then after he got the idea I swung the end of the sock near him and he caught it in his foot.  So I said Good job!  yay and clapped.  We did this over and over and by the end he was catching the sock mid air (only from about 8 inches away, but still), with his left foot, not his beak which is what I expected.  YAY he played catch with me! clap  I was soooo happy! 

YAY Hollywood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2010, 08:44:22 am »

Excellent! Excellent!!!  Bravo, Ditty!   Atta boy Huggy Bear.. I mean Hollywood!!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 08:53:10 am »

Huggy Bear...Rooster....Baretta!   lafin2
That is wonderful!!!!  Maybe HW will have a new out look for Mr. Giraffe!  hardlaf  You are making really great progress with him! thumb
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 09:53:45 am »

that is great ditty!!  handshappy clap  it really is a major breakthrough to teach them stuff like that. it took over a year for skittles to learn to play with toys on his own. cause he didnt have any at his old home.
GREAT JOB with hollywood! he sounds like such a sweetie! i just wanna  hugu the little angel!
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010, 08:14:05 am »

Good job Ditty. It takes alot of practice/ time for both of you earning to trust one another. In the mean time- he will be studying YOU and mocking everything you do with him.

I've had Charlie 1 year now and we've come such a LONGGGGGGGGGGG way.

His previous owner didnt help him to learn to play either...she sware that he was co -dependant and would never learn to play alone.
Well now he spends hrs...playing with his toys-until I run out of things for his to chew on- then he comes after me lafin2 hugu and Becomes Velcro bird.

But just this weekend for example..he has never done this until....

He let me hold him on my forearms (in front of my body) like my arms were crossed.
He layed there as I rubbed his feathers- like petting him & pulling on him feathers and he fluttered his arms/wings
He coohed, My Heart melted....
we did it like 3 times this weekend.....My baby...

Hey- HW might like you playing with him on the bed too...Charlie loves it, he chases his tennis ball and playes with the covers with me, he rolls over and we play tickle-that belly....
(getting him away from his house- helps them let their walls down)
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010, 11:20:18 am »

I have tried HW on the bed and he just sits and jumps and jumps and jumps like it is a trampoline!  loco6  So of course i let him, but he won't play with me yet in there.  YET
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010, 12:37:21 pm »

Funny visual.... laffhrd laffhrd laugh laugh laugh happy
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2010, 01:17:07 pm »

AWSOME!!
It took Higgy over a year to play with a single toy, and he still doesn't play with us - but that's OK because he can entertain himself which is a good thing.
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2010, 01:45:20 pm »

that is cool! it hasn't been long since you have had him and he is really coming along.
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