Fish Agility Equipment

Hoops, Tunnels, Weave Poles, Limbo Poles, End Bells and More, yes, fish really do swim Agility Courses. Not only is it fun, it is very rewarding to interact with your fish, it is also entertaining to train your fish and then to show it off to your friends and family. Believe it or not, even the fish enjoy the fun. It gives them something different to do. You never leave your Agility or Training Equipment in the tank with the fish, so when they see the Equipment coming they soon learn that not only do they have something different to do, food will arrive with the fun.

If you have ever trained any sort of animal you already know that you need to be precise and consistent with your training. Get everything you will need to train for that day ready and right there before you begin. Put everything else on hold and turn your cell phone off. Right now, for these few minutes, it is all about the fish. All of your concentration and focus will be on the fish you are training.

You also know that training an animal is a baby step by baby step process and one that will take time. Once the animal has learned to learn teaching other steps, or pieces or Agility Equipment or Trick Props comes easier for each piece taught.


DO NOT LEAVE TRAINING AGILITY EQUIPMENT OR TRICK PROPS IN THE TANK/BOWL WHEN YOU ARE NOT THERE TRAINING.

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INTERESTING AGILITY FACTS

Did you know that ALL Animal Agility came from Horse Show Jumping? It was at a Horse Event in England that Dog Agility was born. The Horse Show Hosts wanted an event at half time that would bedazzle the audience. He came up with the idea for a Dog Event based on the same type of Event the Horses were doing. ALL Animal Agility came from this same great idea. I have trained all sorts of animals to Agility Courses. Check out our sister sites at the right to see videos and photos of our Dogs, Goats, Guinea Pigs, Mice, Pet Rats, Gerbils and Hamster enjoying Agility Equipment.


THE FISH AGILITY EQUIPMENT

Fish Agility Equipment should either hook to or over the top of your bowl/tank and or sink to the bottom but be study enough not to move. The Agility Equipment and or Props you use with your fish should of course be safe for the fish to use and safe for their water. You will need far different sized Agility Equipment for a Guppy than an Oscar fish. Size does matter.


FISH AGILITY HOOPS

Fish Agility Hoops as well as Fish Agility Tunnels are the easiest of the Agility Equipment for Fish to come up with or shall I say gather. I use something so simple and cheap and most craft folks have them around looking for a use, Pipe Cleaners. You can bend the end of one to make a large Hoop for training, take the same and make it smaller as the fish learns. You will also have a handle for the Hoop that you might hold or hook over the bowl/tank.

TRAINING YOUR FISH TO SWIM THROUGH A HOOP

Training animals to come through a Hoop is a great starting piece for both the trainer and the animal. You can move the Hoop so that it stays in front of the animal and hold a food treat on the far side to entice them to come though.


FISH AGILITY TUNNEL

There are many safe items that a person could use for a Fish Agility Tunnel. As I said above, these are the easiest of the Fish Agility Equipment to find...for free. You might use a small plastic bottle that has been cleaned and had the bottom cut out. Drill or poke a couple of hole into it, add a pipe cleaner or fishing line for your handle or place to hang it over the bowl/tank from, and you are ready to start training.

TRAINING YOUR FISH TO SWIM THROUGH THE TUNNEL

Once your fish is swimming through a Hoop, having it come through a Tunnel is easy for them. Train in the same way you did the Hoop, but use the tunnel. Do not move the Tunnel after your fish has come through it. You do not want to startle the fish with the motion. Some fish also take the same "route" back from eating that they used to get to the food, so your fish might just swim back Through your Tunnel after it eats.


FISH AGILITY LIMBO POLE

The Fish Agility Limbo Pole is kinda the opposite of dogs or guinea pigs jumping over an Agility Jump. It is a fixed pole that the Fish Swims Under. It can be set in so many ways. Some folks set these so that the fish must get down and swim on it's side to go under it. Just do not make it so low that the fish drags it's scales on the pole and the floor of the bowl/tank as it swims under the pole. You also want your Limbo poles to be smooth textured.

TEACHING YOUR FISH TO SWIM UNDER THE LIMBO POLE

Set up your Limbo Pole and make sure it is stable. At fist you will want the Limbo Pole set up high so that your fish does not have to go too low into the tank to learn this trick. Make sure that when the fish swims under it the Limbo Pole will not move. Using your tube/pen shaft have your fish follow the pen shaft down to the Limbo Pole, but set the tube/shaft close enough to the Limbo Pole that the fish is on the far side of the tube/shaft. Move the tip of the pen shaft under the Limbo Pole, your fish should put it's mouth near the tube/shaft, pull the tube/shaft so that the fish follows the tube and swims under the Limbo Pole. Feed your fish right away after it comes through the Limbo Pole.

After you have had your fish go under the for a few days, you will probably only need to set the tube/shaft near the Limbo Pole for the fish to know what you want it to do.


FISH AGILITY WEAVE POLES

You might use a few Pipe Cleaners to make your Weave Poles for your fish. You could make them into little Hoops or fix them so that they are as would be poles that stick up from a frame shaped out of your Pipe Cleaners. Make sure that if you do use Pipe Cleaners for your Fish Equipment your Pipe Cleaners are clean, never before used, and I rinse mine in hot water and let them dry before using them for the fish tanks. Never leave your Pipe Cleaner Equipment in the tank with the fish. Also make sure that all the edges are wrapped tight so that 1) the items stay together as you lower and raise them into or from the tank. 2) No sharp edges looooooming about.

TEACHING YOUR FISH TO WEAVE THE POLES

Set up your Limbo Pole and make sure it is stable. At fist you will want the Limbo Pole set up high so that your fish does not have to go too low into the tank to learn this trick. Make sure that when the fish swims under it the Limbo Pole will not move. Using your tube/pen shaft have your fish follow the pen shaft down to the Limbo Pole, but set the tube/shaft close enough to the Limbo Pole that the fish is on the far side of the tube/shaft. Move the tip of the pen shaft under the Limbo Pole, your fish should put it's mouth near the tube/shaft, pull the tube/shaft so that the fish follows the tube and swims under the Limbo Pole. Feed your fish right away after it comes through the Limbo Pole.

After you have had your fish go under the for a few days, you will probably only need to set the tube/shaft near the Limbo Pole for the fish to know what you want it to do.


THE FISH AGILITY END BELL

The Fish Agility End Bell is a small or little, depending on the fish breed or type, that the fish rings at the end of the Agility Course. There are a few ways to have this set up, but perhaps the easiest and cleanest way is to have a string attached to the bell for the fish to pull.

TEACHING YOUR FISH TO RING THE BELL





-- The Fish Agility Team
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:16:58 -0400

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