You may have heard that it’s possible to train your goldfish to do certain tricks or even display a taught quirky behavior. However, this will take patience and time to appropriately train your goldfish. We want the goldfish to feel as stress free as possible and gain your trust through the training process.
Is it possible to train your goldfish?
Goldfish can commonly be quite skittish and shy away from being trained, that is why it is recommended to use food or treats as a reward, this makes your goldfish associate the action with food, which we all know a healthy goldfish loves as they are quite food motivated! Unfortunately, one method of training does not work for all goldfish, so it is good to find a suitable training routine according to your goldfish’s behaviors. The longer you have had the goldfish for, the easier it could be to train them as you would have already established a bond.
Do goldfish like being trained and are there any potential benefits?
It is most likely that goldfish will enjoy doing tricks and being trained, especially when there is food involved! It can become quite a rewarding experience for them when using food as bait. Keeping the training slow and simple is a great way to earn trust, as rushed and frustrated training will only lead to your goldfish becoming afraid of you and not interested in being trained. We do not want this to happen (obviously). It benefits the goldfish who will develop a closer bond to you and feel less stressed when being handled or during water and other changes.
What can goldfish be trained to do?
Amazingly, goldfish can be successfully trained to do a variety of tricks or quirky behaviors. Some goldfish who have been successfully trained have been trained to swim in a circle, backflip, swim through hoops, swim in a pattern and even do a dance for food (best described as a wiggling behaviour-a display of happiness), as well as willingly swim and lay on your open and clean hand (free of lotions, soaps, and chemicals) and those are just to name a few. These trained outcomes can be quite entertaining and bring you to develop a much closer bond with your goldfish.
- NOTE: It is important to only start training once your goldfish has settled into their new tank if recently acquired or if you have changed their environment or tank size. This greatly reduces stress for your goldfish, and they will be more comfortable being trained in an environment that they feel safe in.
Training tips and tricks (step by step)
As you can probably see by now, training your goldfish is not all too hard and is doable with time and patience. Goldfish have long been described as the ‘puppies’ of the water, their behaviour being compared to our furry land friends. Although one goldfish will not be able to do every trick or even become tame enough to be trained, it is still definitely worth a try!
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