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Old 01-19-2012, 10:56 PM   #31 
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Yes, all I can say is food too! Bettas love food and they will do anything for it!
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:27 AM   #32 
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Good job with the trust! in 3 weeks I actually found with some bettas, what I did to allow them to understand I was not going to harm them, is (firstly clean my hands of any bacteria, and NO soap!!) is have my hand in with them, and slow movements = curiosity = acceptance.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #33 
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I got Severus to eat off my finger. I guess he's finally realized it won't hurt him. I've also started getting him to jump for food, but he's not the best jumper. He doesn't really get even an inch out of the water and he always misses the pellet. After he tries a couple times, I just put the pellet at the surface for him. I don't know if he'll get better at it with practice or if he's just naturally not a good jumper. Maybe I'll try teaching him to swim through a hoop, too.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:58 PM   #34 
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Hey, LilyK, I think you and I were typing at the same time! Did you use food to lure them into the cup or just get them used to it?

Sena, you sound so very together. Good job. It's not easy to figure everything out from scratch!
It started out at food training, but now they just do it whenever I up the cup in the water.
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Old 01-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #35 
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My Dido follows my finger on the outside of the aquarium, we're working on inside

Aliquis is the smart one: he jumps, flares on command, follows my finger, and will eat out of my hand

Just start playing with them and see what they give you
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:03 PM   #36 
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Never thought of it as a trick but my betta is obsessed with chasing my finger in the water, food or no food. He's quite funny he doesn't bite but constantly nudges and noses my hands if I have to put them in- I have to move my hands in slow motion if I have to submerge them just so I don't hurt him lol. Perhaps I'll have to start trying some fish training:) He'd likely embrace the attention!

Good luck with your training everyone!
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Old 01-21-2012, 07:06 PM   #37 
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Lucky. Mine bites.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #38 
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Keller is an only child with no exposure to other bettas (except for his poor other neighbors at the Petco from which I rescued him). So I think he just never figured out that biting is an option:)
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:06 PM   #39 
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lucky. I taught Spartan not to bite me, by bopping him carefully on the nose. However it never worked for Sasuke who was downright a meaner from the beginning.
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:11 PM   #40 
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Lucky I wish I had multiple cutie bettas. Congrats on the rescue mission. I've seen some of your earlier posts. You could consider paypal for donations if you haven't already.
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