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lol.... I am trying to teach Brian (my betta) to jump out of the water on command. i was wondering if i did this with a hand signal he would learn.
 

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Shawnie!!!! I wish mine would do that..., but I wouldn't trust them near the microwave, I would remove that to be safest!

I think fishtroy has, but she's not been on in a few days. When she comes back, she'll see this (I'll point the thread out to her so she has a look, ok!)
 

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Hi! Yes, I have trained several of my bettas to do tricks.
Hand signals are very effective. If you have an intelligent betta you can use hand signals and vocal commands and eventually remove the hand signals to make your betta respond to voice alone.
I have not trained mine to jump out of the water, I would be a bit scared that the betta would practice the trick without me and fall out of their tank. But many have performed the trick on natural talent of their own accord! LOL.

The other question is whether you are going to offer food rewards. I have never used food as a way to get my bettas to perform. They either do it for the love of learning and the love of me or they just dont. I used praise to reward my bettas and I ended up with attention junkies!

What is your betta like? Does his personality show that he would like to learn? Has he displayed intelligence? I know that is takes a special kind of betta to learn tricks.

If you have any questions feel free to private message me, I am always happy to help!
 
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Hi! Yes, I have trained several of my bettas to do tricks.
Hand signals are very effective. If you have an intelligent betta you can use hand signals and vocal commands and eventually remove the hand signals to make your betta respond to voice alone.
I have not trained mine to jump out of the water, I would be a bit scared that the betta would practice the trick without me and fall out of their tank. But many have performed the trick on natural talent of their own accord! LOL.

The other question is whether you are going to offer food rewards. I have never used food as a way to get my bettas to perform. They either do it for the love of learning and the love of me or they just dont. I used praise to reward my bettas and I ended up with attention junkies!

What is your betta like? Does his personality show that he would like to learn? Has he displayed intelligence? I know that is takes a special kind of betta to learn tricks.

If you have any questions feel free to private message me, I am always happy to help!
my tank has a lid. i offer a tiny flake for rewards. he is a little agressive but will do anything for food if he is in the front of the tank
 

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How are you getting him to perform the trick? Do you have a method? Has he done it yet? Sorry to bombard you with questions but I'm trying to picture where you are at.

DaveofTN: Yes, I am 100% serious. I have my Wonderfish Achilles on video. He was the smartest fish ever!
 

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Well, I've asked to see that vid too, but she can't find it (she has many numbers of fishy vids it could be anywhere!). I have seen Achilles follow her finger round and about in fingers. He was in his water, she had her finger above the surface, no food, no fingers on the side of the tank, and he followed it round in circles, figures of eight, to each side of the tank... He never got bored like my boys do, he just kept going lol!!
 
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