Can you train beardies?

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Can you train beardies?

Postby Remysbiggestfan » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:27 pm

Is it possible to train beardies at all? Responding to their name, tricks of any sort, etc? If so, tips on how to do so?
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Re: Can you train beardies?

Postby kingofnobbys » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:32 am

Yes , but a pet beardie will train you first.
CBDs: Puff (RIP 10Dec2015 @ 3.2 yrs old (aneurism)),Rex (RIP 16Mar2017 @ 4.6 yrs old,Toothless(sudden unexplained death RIP 26Nov2017) @ 2.1 yrs old.Peppa (born 15Nov2015).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : Lucky (wild juvenile), cat attack rescue, fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.Wriggles (rescued injured),thought she was a big lizard, 7-8 yrs old, died in her sleep, RIP 2Feb2016). Fluffy rescued 14Nov2017 about 4 yrs old .
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Re: Can you train beardies?

Postby CooperDragon » Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:31 pm

They tend to respond well to routine, especially as they get older. They don't tend to respond to sounds or do tricks the way a dog would but you can train them to poop in a specific area or look in specific areas for food or basking sites etc.
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Re: Can you train beardies?

Postby PodunkKhaleesi » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:43 am

One of my beardies will come running across a room when I call her name and hop into my hand when I place it in her tank but this is more the result of her social personality than anything I’ve attempted to teach her to do. As Cooper mentioned, through routine many beardie owners have dragons that will go to the bathroom in a specific spot, but as far as tricks go...yeah, they’re not that kind of pet. They’ll do what they want when they want, but I think that’s actually what makes them so endearing. If, however, you do become the first beardie owner with a dragon that successfully jumps for and retrieves miniature frisbees, you have a moral obligation to share your method with all of us. 😉
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Re: Can you train beardies?

Postby kingofnobbys » Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:18 am

My two 8 yr old bluetongues come when called and follow when asked to follow.

Puff and Rex both recognized their own names and would amble over when called by name. Toothless was way to independent and free spirited to do that.
They all know mummy and daddy and will respond by looking at the appropriate person.

The water skinks - they have all been little four legged geniuses , very quickly learning their own names, our names and learning to come when called , they might be small cf bluetongues and beardies but make up for this by super cleavour, inquisitive, and by have huge personalities.

When people who don't know lizards ask me about their training and behaviours I tell them
Bluetongue skinks , think scaley puppies.
Water skinks , think a mix = catdog
bearded dragons think catdog
CBDs: Puff (RIP 10Dec2015 @ 3.2 yrs old (aneurism)),Rex (RIP 16Mar2017 @ 4.6 yrs old,Toothless(sudden unexplained death RIP 26Nov2017) @ 2.1 yrs old.Peppa (born 15Nov2015).
EBTSs : George & Mildred (born july 2010).
EWSs : Lucky (wild juvenile), cat attack rescue, fatal SI RIP 21Jul2010.Wriggles (rescued injured),thought she was a big lizard, 7-8 yrs old, died in her sleep, RIP 2Feb2016). Fluffy rescued 14Nov2017 about 4 yrs old .
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