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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2015 10:19pm (Sep 24th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sharing a video of an alligator being trained to ring a bell using positive reinforcement (adding something nice, eg a food reward) and negative punishment (taking away something nice, such as attention when a dog jumps up).



    The cool thing about force free training methods are that they work with all species, be it dogs, alligators, hyenas or humans! All around the world people are using modern, gentle training methods to teach all sorts of animals. This includes (but is not limted to!) pet rats, wild animals in zoos for a form of stimulation, and even zoo animals to willingly consent to veterinary procedures, such as blood tests!



    How cute is that alligator?! :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2015 11:21am (Sep 25th 2015) edited
     
    They're so clever! Especially since, as he says, ringing a bell is of no use to an alligator. She must think humans are really stupid...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2015 3:23pm (Sep 25th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    ...and tasty.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2015 5:24pm (Sep 25th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There's another video where some Crocodiles / Alligators rush him (I don't remember what species they were, but apparently their natural reaction is to charge things) and because that's obviously dangerous he has taught them to approach slowly and freeze on cue!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2015 8:24pm (Sep 25th 2015)
     
    Maybe the alligator thinks it's trained the human:
    "yeah, only took me 39 minutes to teach that human to give me food when I ring the bell. What use is ringing a bell to him but if he's gonna feed me for it. Next I'm going to get him to place it gently in my mouth. Hmmm" [licks lips absent-mindedly]