What Trick Should I Train My Betta To Do First?

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I've searched online and all of the "training bettas" websites said that teaching the betta to follow your finger is the best trick to learn first, as it will make all the other training easier. I think, though, that training your betta to jump would be better to teach first, as it is (supposedly) easier to train than following your finger, and I think it would be a better way for the betta to associate finger with food, assuming you put the food directly on your finger. What do you guys think?
 
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James17 said:
I'm sorry I just can't resist:

I'd teach him to get the mail.
Hey, if you can get me a robot aquarium that I can train the betta to control, I will train this betta to get the mail.

You have my word.
 

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Hi,
Teaching to follow the finger is the way to go. Once he knows that, teaching jump is really easy - just lift your finger up
Look up clicker training and use a small flashlight for the clicker, one flash equals one treat.
 

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The first trick I teach any fish is to eat from your hand/syringe/turkey baster/etc. then you can use that to guide them when teaching other tricks like swimming through a hoop.
 

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