You are currently viewing archives for June 2008


bubbles
Behavior #6: Check In
Posted on June 24, 2008 by freshwater
 I think Check In is a better term than Stay for the pre-trick behavior I've taught, since I really only expect the fish to wait briefly in one spot in the tank. I won't work too hard on duration or on getting the behavior in other places, as one would do with a dog.
bubbles
R2 Fish School
Posted on June 24, 2008 by freshwater

Many of the behaviors I'm teaching my fish are explained in Dean and Kyle Pomerlau's R2 Fish School Training Kit. This brilliant fish training package includes clear instructions, well-constructed props, and a delightfully effective feeding wand. The kit utilizes sound operant conditioning practices to train fish in concise steps easily understood by novice trainers. The kit also provides a great foundation upon which more advanced trainers like me can expand to create complex training scenarios.

I highly recommend this product as well as the Pomerlaus' Fish School web site. Check it out!

bubbles
Hoop Dreams
Posted on June 24, 2008 by freshwater

Now that Mango Smoothie understands the basic structure of training, I have begun teaching her to swim through a hoop.

Read More »
bubbles
New Digs Not A Dive
Posted on June 21, 2008 by freshwater

In spite of the vagaries of today's housing market, both Ricky and Mango have upgraded to spacious new homes.

Ricky's tank

Mango's tank

Read More »
bubbles
Staying Power (Behavior #6: Stay)
Posted on June 21, 2008 by freshwater

Goldfish can be very wiggly and animated. Sometimes that is an advantage in training, and sometimes it's just "noise" that can interfere with a desired behavior.

Read More »
bubbles
In Concert - VIDEO
Posted on June 11, 2008 by freshwater

Presenting the incomparable pianist, Ricky Ryukin!

Read More »
bubbles
Clicks and Cues
Posted on June 10, 2008 by freshwater

When I first began training Ricky, I knew I would want to attach unique cues to each trained behavior. 

 Cue lights

Read More »
bubbles
Piano Lessons 2 - VIDEO
Posted on June 06, 2008 by freshwater

Ricky Ryukin continues his quest for musical perfection.

Read More »
bubbles
Piano Lessons - VIDEO
Posted on June 05, 2008 by freshwater

Ricky seems to be quite the musical fish! After some desensitization/counterconditioning sessions, he is no longer afraid of the piano. His music lessons are progressing nicely, and he's almost ready to hit the concert circuit! Here's how we got there:

Read More »