Teaching an octopus new tricks....

Davinci

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Hi Everyone I like to know if anyone has any experience on teaching your pet octos tricks such as opening jars and etc... I like to teach my octo some tricks but he doesn't seen to respond to anything I add to the tank. Please help.

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CaptFish

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You'll be the first that I know of.

Only trick i ever saw was when you put food in the tank the octopus makes it disappear. :roflmao:
I played 'games' like Hide-n-seek, but I did not train the octopus she trained me. She would hide then I would find her with a flashlight, then she would come out, and repeat.
 

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Hi and welcome to the site!

This seems to be your first post, and you have an octopus, so we'd like to add it to the List of Our Octopuses. Could you please tell us its name, the species, and where you got it?

Yes, a few of our octopuses have done tricks, but not all octopuses are interested in games or jar opening.

As far as opening a jar, you start by putting a piece of food (such as a small crab or piece of shrimp) in a jar and just place the lid on top - don't screw it on at all. Keep doing this each day, and very gradually begin to screw the top on. Your octopus will figure out how to open the barely screwed on jar lid, and then slowly learn to open the jar.

Pull the stick is often the first game they play.

Nancy
 

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Pull the stick is often the first game they play

I think both CaptFish and I failed to realize that was a trick :wink: I suspect teaching them NOT to take the feeding stick would be more of a true training success.
 

Davinci

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His name is Davinci. I believe its a Bimac since it has 2 fake eyes. I got him at my LFS.

Thanks for the replies...
 

CaptFish

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Then I hope its not a bimac! they are a cold water species, more like 60 degree water. Since it is still alive it is likely a Hummelincki, or Caribbean two spot octopus. We have seen a few of these show up lately, it must be there time of the year. To amke sure of may it is you mat want to call your LFS and ask where it came from. Also we have not seen Bimacs for sale in quite a while now, the few members that have them caught their own.
 

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