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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 07-19-2019, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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What/who else did you train besides dogs?

Just wrote a reply to another thread but decided to ask around what else or who else you did train beside dogs?
For me it was that rooster in the other thread. Also a Koi Carp; he came when I tapped the side of the pond. He followed me when I walked around the pond. I now understand why you would take a fish to a 'fishy' vet. I miss that fish. We moved oversees so couldn't take him. It shows that training bonds you with the animal (or person).
I have trained my pet rats with the clicker: hilarious! One took the clicker to her nest as a valuable resource. They came when I called them during free ranging in the house; sat up so I could pick them up and put them in their cage (huge rewards then).
Even my pet mousies wake up and show up on their platforms when I call them. All this has been accomplished by rewarding them with their favorite treats and to stay out of their grey zones at first.
I am currently working with the wild turkeys.....along with Deja
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When my wife say's "Move", I move. I taught her that.

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When my wife say's "Move", I move. I taught her that.
Are you sure it wasn't the other way around?
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I taught a chicken to jump thru hoops.
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I taught our 5 children to do their own laundry while in high school, and cook. Survival skills, for me not them.
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I’ve broken in a few horses in my time, and trained some in barrel racing, some for trail work, some to herd.

I used to hand feed and train “exotic” birds. Cockatoo’s, parrots, macaws, African greys, finches, white doves. That was when I was much younger though, it was what my grandmother did for a living (breeding), and she got me into it.

I’ve raised bottle calf’s, but that wasn’t really training. Unless you count them running when they heard bottles or feed.

I trained my older boys (21 and 19 now) to be completely self sufficient. And trained my girls (9 and 7) that I’m their personal maid and assistant.

I trained my body to shut down and sleep when I’m in pain. That one is pretty **** handy!
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Trained my first parakeet to talk. Trained my heart cat to come when called but that really wasnít a training effort, he just came when I called him of his own accord.

Have trained every family member not to interrupt me while training my boy. Some were trained quicker than others. Yes I used corrections. Lol

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Trained our guinea pigs to allow petting and being picked up: Method was to sit quietly on floor holding bits of carrots and lettuce...they will come snuffling over and climb all over our legs. Eventually they didn't care if you pet/touch them, and eventually they did't care if you gently scoop your hand under them and pick them up.

And trained my girls to make and bring me a bowl of microwave popcorn when I'm in TV couch potato mode! Feels luxurious!
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Trained my first parakeet to talk.
what did he say??! did he just repeat what you said, or did he have thoughts?!

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Iím sure he had thoughts lol but nope, just repeated what I taught. Going way back as I was about 12 at the time. Said Happy which was his name. Pretty boy, hi and a few other words that I canít remember. My moms friend tried to teach him my last name but it was multi syllable and she just didnít come over enough and I had no ambition to teach it.

Took a while and persistence for the first but got easier with the rest.

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