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7:45 a.m. 2012-07-10

a silly game we played

While on the topic of training Peachfronted Conures to learn the step-up command, I was reminded of a silly game I used to play that we called ladder. I would have Arthur step onto my right hand. Then I would put out my left hand and have him step onto that. Then I would put my right hand up, a little higher, and he would step there. By the time I had my hands -- and Arthur -- up in the air, he was ready to play a different game.

Sometimes I played it with hand-held perches, and I could really lift him wayyyyyy up high. He liked being wayyyyyy up high, so he got a kick out of it, although sometimes he would give me the hairy eyeball about making him step up so many times in a row.

Sometimes our pets are painfully, obviously humoring us. They think we're a little slow to catch on, but they love us anyway.

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