> Tink has gone on her own uncued flyabouts on harness.
> On at least two
> occasions, she came to my recall cue breaking off from
> her flyabout.
> Man! do I feel so good over that! But to get my
> priority right,
> I need to work on cueing her for that flyabout before
> I work
> on recalling her from flyabouts.
I don't understand your reasoning behind needing to train the flyabout to be
on cue before you train the recall. To me it is the other way around. This
is a chained behavior - you are asking the bird to take flight, then to
circle back, and to finally land on your arm. In most chained behaviors it
is best to train the LAST behavior in the chain FIRST. Then train the next
to last behavior, and so on until finally reaching the beginning behavior of
the chain as the last behavior you train. A fly about that ends on you is
nothing different than any other except you are asking for a specific
landing site that is on you. Once the bird has good flight skills (can
maneuver and land, etc) then start teaching it to land on a specific
location, maybe a perch or a cage top. Reinforce it for correct responses
and then work to put this behavior on cue. Then work to generalize the
behavior of on cue landings on specified perches. Next you start
establishing your arm as one of those authorized landing perches with its
own cue. Now when the bird is in flight, try offering the cue for it to land
on your arm - sounding like recall training, heh? Try initiating cued
flights (cue may be only rolling of hand or gentle toss) and then ask the
bird to land on your arm, reinforcing appropriately when it does. There you
go, boomerang flyabouts on cue.
have been away from the list for some time and
you missed some of my postings.
was standard practice everyday at home to cue Tink
fly to various designated perches and recall from
perches. Recall cues have also been given sight
with me in another room requiring Tink to
twisty passages to me. Why I used the past
is because I added the ‘flyflyfly’ cue to try to
that flyabout .
was also standard practice when I get back from
to bring Tink on harness to a nearby school to
flights of a distance greater than possible in
apartmet. Unfortunately, with the shortening of
it is too dark when I get home and I have not
that for a couple of weeks now and not likely
lead you to photos of Tink doing her recalls at
school and on one such trips up a nearby mountain.
email describing this is titled “Tinkerbell flying
harness” msg #19551 at your freeflight list.
have been taking her out every weekends to go
places to be with her, to expose her to
places and to different people under
conditions, and most of all, to let her fly.
placed her at takeoff points and do the recalls.
points are too many and too varied for me to try
‘name’ for her to go to. To avoid line
I walked to place her there before
back to do recalls.
think I do have her recalls wired pretty well into
now even if not perfect.
the boomerang flights, I am trying to fix her
self disposed flyabout into a cueable
that I can then coupled with recall.
flyabout is really more for her happiness and
her sake. She will always call ‘argh argh argh’
her flyabouts and , will give that call of
much less often in her recall flights.
she is inclined to, her recalls to me are
Much as I think she enjoys those longer
flights to me, now that I have a lot more
in the harness and line, I want for her to
even longer periods of prolonged flights, for her
remembered the flights I had with her in the huge
space about a year ago. After she gained her
she did lots of flyabouts calling out in
as she did so. On a recall to me then, she
and instead of landing on me, circled high above
called out to me that I interpreted was to get me
run. When I ran crying out myself , she flew past
in wider circle on her flyabout looping distant
with us making hell of a lot of shouts and
and landed on me.
this respect, and as the flyabout is for her
, I do not mind if she does not boomerang
to me. As I have said in earlier letter, I will
more than happy to run with her allowing the line
play out as she flies.
she knows that I encourage and will give cues for
in settings with minimum risks of
such as in a clear field or meadow, she
be less likely to do that on her own where it may
- wife, Tinkerbell - CAG & surrogate daughter
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