Bettas Willingly Jumping Thru Hoops?

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This video demonstrates that bettas can be trained. Why would anyone care to train their fish? Good question. It’s a great way to interact with your betta and to keep them from being bored at the same time. So seemingly inane activities like this can be boredom killers and an engaging way to get some together time with your pet. Besides who would think a fish could be taught to do anything? Turns out they can.

Training like this is done much like you’d train a dog. You reward the behavior you seek.

The goal: When the glass is tapped the fish goes through the hoop. Let’s see how it’s done.

The three main takeaways from this video are:

  • Food is the best reward. Probably the only reward that will work with fish.
  • Repetition leads to success. You’ll want to have training sessions two or three times a day.
  • Bring plenty of patience. Early training sessions might last half an hour. After a while they will get down to 10 minutes. Just depends on how fast your betta catches on. There may be times too when he doesn’t do the desired task for whatever reason. In that case he doesn’t get fed. This will encourage faster learning and remembering – next time.

While you may not have a performing fish immediately, with enough time and patience you can train your veiltail to perform pretty much on command. Meaning you tap the glass and he glides through the hoop. Who says fish can’t be trained?

About Lucas
Putting a name with a face I'm Lucas Smatana. Like you I'm passionate about betta fish and hope to share my enthusiasm. The idea here is to make sure you get helpful info and useful ideas on betta fish care that really work. To insure your betta keeping experience is a good one both for you and your fish. So that you and your pet enjoy a long, happy and healthy relationship.

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