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How to Prevent and Reduce Bating in Birds of Prey

How to Prevent and Reduce Bating in Birds of Prey

The purpose of this training tidbit is to show examples of bating and how we can reduce and practically eliminate bates. We believe that while there are some things out of our control that lead to bates, with a foundation of positive reinforcement training on the gloves, socialization training, and other components, we can quickly recover, bounce back from, and reduce the amount of bates that happen. A constantly bating bird is not one that we thing is the best ambassador of its species or of training: it comes across as frightened and stressed. As trainers, we can work together to learn how to reduce bates and not “wait for the bird to get over it.”

This video does show clips of a relatively inexperienced working through a bate in less than ideals ways. Any time we show these kinds of interactions, we as trainers do so with the best of intentions: the trainer learned something valuable, the bird is not irreparably damaged, and at the end of the day, it is our responsibility as experienced trainers to help set others up for success. In many cases, no matter how many times you tell someone, the practical application is always different. Or, as we are doing here, we can approach the problem from a different angle and use these tools to help more people.

That’s our goal here with this video for you! Looking forward to hearing how it helps.