I know I literally just wrote a blog entry, but this just happened this evening, so I kinda feel like I have to write about it now, too.
Since Archie’s arrival, I have been so focused on teaching him to forage, teaching him not to shriek constantly, and helping to improve his relationship with Chuck, that I hadn’t really tried to do anything else with him.
Tonight, however, I figured it was time for Archie to get used to the concept of training. So we started with targeting. Which, by the way, he learned in under five minutes. He was literally running across the sofa and hopping from one of my knees to the other to touch his target by the end of our five minute session.
Since that went so well and he still had plenty of spunk, I figured I’d see how he reacted to being in the shower. His feathers have been filthy ever since I adopted him, but desensitizing him to water was lower down on the priority list. Tonight, however, I took him to the shower, targeted him onto the shower perch in only three approximations, then turned on the water. His reaction? He made the gurgly water noise! As soon as I switched the water from the faucet to the shower, he immediately drooped his wings and got this blissed out expression:
Ok, so the flash of the camera killed the bliss a little bit, but you can imagine what it was like.
Anyway, he stood perfectly still and let me clean and straighten out all his feathers. It’s difficult for him to properly groom since he doesn’t have a tail to help him balance, so I could tell that he was loving every second of my grooming.
When we got out of the shower, he started shivering. It’s pretty cold in the house right now, so I was worried about him getting a chill. The thing is, he was pretty scared of towels when I went to pick him up, so I wasn’t sure how he’d react if I tried to wrap him in a towel. I put one on my chest, asked him to step down onto my chest, then slowly folded the towel over his body. He immediately relaxed into it, and soon feel asleep.
After a several minute nap, he woke up, stretched, climbed out of the towel, and finished drying out on my knee.
I’m so proud of him and his good-natured approach to all these new experiences tonight! He’s such a love!