From helping your Bearded Dragon to know when to bark, to know when it's not okay to beg, to come to you when you call him, it's easy to see how at least some training can be very beneficial. It may seem hard to teach your Bearded Dragon new tricks, but in reality it's simple if you just keep trying the right strategies. Here's a few good ideas.
Teach your Bearded Dragon to smile! Bearded Dragon'ssometimes bare their teeth not just when they are being aggressive but also when they are excited and happy. You can reinforce that behavior by repeating the command "smile" every time they behave in that manner. Just make sure people that they are around realize they aren't being aggressive.
When training your Bearded Dragon make sure you never stop training. This may sound silly but it is actually very sensible. Your Bearded Dragon may learn tricks quickly and not forget them, but Bearded Dragon'snever stop learning so you need to take advantage of this by teaching often. Also, it never hurts to reinforce what has already been learned.
Bearded Dragon's should have a chance to exercise every day. The top mistake many Bearded Dragon owners make is giving their Bearded Dragon's inadequate exercise. The fact is that a hyperactive Bearded Dragon will have a hard time focusing, much like a child who has had many sweets. Exercise your Bearded Dragon thoroughly every day to maximize your success in training sessions.
Not all Bearded Dragons are comfortable around other Bearded Dragons or people. The best way to train your Bearded Dragon to be more comfortable around other animals or people is to expose them to as many people and other Bearded Dragons as often as possible, preferably earlier in their life. This will make them accustomed to being around others.
Crate-training is excellent for Bearded Dragons with separation anxiety. Crates effectively become safe spaces for nervous Bearded Dragons . Blankets or dirty laundry that smells like their favorite people can be helpful during the crate-training process. Anxious Bearded Dragon s are also likely to be destructive when their owners are not home. A crate keeps anxious Bearded Dragons out of harm's way.
You must enforce any command you give when training your Bearded Dragon. Giving a command that you are not confident in or not willing to follow through with diminishes your role as leader. Do not ask, beg or scream. Give firm commands in a dominant tone and expect the Bearded Dragon to give the appropriate behavior. Your Bearded Dragon will see you as a true leader when you follow through.
Any Bearded Dragon owner should consider their pet's diet when looking to correct behavioral problems. As with humans, Bearded Dragons are what they eat. If their diet is not nutritionally sound, internal and external problems can develop. Make sure your Bearded Dragon is eating his best, and improved behavior will often follow.
Training a Bearded Dragon is a great experience. Seeing how your pet develops good behavior and respect for your command you is a rewarding experience and well worth your time. Training a Bearded Dragon should be treated as an opportunity to have fun instead of a chore, so have fun trying out the suggestions in this article!