How do you teach a bearded dragon to do tricks?

Answer

The key to teaching a bearded dragon tricks is repetition. Performing an action repeatedly and offering a treat at the end of training is the best way to teach a bearded dragon tricks.

Training a bearded dragon is not the same as training a dog. Although some say it is easy to train one of these Australian lizards to perform tricks, the average owner should not expect a bearded dragon to be able to be trained to do much more than greet his owner when a hand is placed inside the enclosure.

To train a bearded dragon to recognize and come to its owner, the owner should place his hand in the enclosure several times a day. The dragon should be allowed to explore the hand by climbing and tasting. At this time, treats like mango or greens can be offered. This will help to build trust.

Keep repeating the behavior until the bearded dragon becomes more comfortable. If he squirms, hold him firmly but gently and don't put him down until he has stopped squirming. With time and patience, the lizard will learn that if he climbs in his owner's hand, good things will happen and he will eventually be able to distinguish his owner's hand from anyone else who tries to interact with him.

It is important to remember that bearded dragons do not respond well to sounds or voice commands. They usually need visual stimulation and the promise of food to be willing to learn anything. Some people find a laser pointer an effective training tool.

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