What Kinds of Tricks Can Dolphins Do?

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Dolphins can be trained to do a limitless number of tricks, including jumping, swimming very fast, playing basketball and painting pictures. Train dolphins to do tricks through positive reinforcement with advice from a dolphin behavioral husbandry and rehabilitation coordinator in this free video on dolphins.

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Hi I'm Petra Cunningham-Smith with Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. Today we're going to talk about what kind of tricks dolphins can do. Dolphins can learn to do many behaviors. Sometimes they can learn to jump, they can learn to swim very fast. The types of tricks that dolphins can learn to do is limited only by the imagination of their trainers and the communication that happens between the dolphin and their trainer. Training is accomplished with positive reinforcement from which the dolphin learns what the trainer wants them to do. The types of tricks that dolphins can learn to do are absolutely unlimited. There are dolphins that have learned to play basketball, dolphins that have learned to paint pictures, dolphins that have learned to jump very high. These types of behaviors are usually conceived in the minds of the trainer and communicated to the dolphin through positive reinforcement. And that's why dolphins can learn to do all sorts of tricks. I'm Petra Cunningham-Smith at Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida.


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