I get asked... Question: How does Mocha know the difference between you reaching in her enclosure with your hand to pick her up/handle her or that you're going to feed her? How does she not confuse the two and bite you accidentally?
Answer: From day one I trained Mocha with these long feeding tongs that have soft, red silicone tips on them.
Before I fed I always wet over 2-3 times while her meal was thawing (I don't feed live) and clapped them together a few times to make the noise she would come to learn as her "dinner bell" 🔔 and I touched her with them in her cave. Cool to the touch as opposed to my hand.
Then I would hold her meal with them and let her strike.
I've never wavered on this. It didn't take long for her to learn that when I reached in with my hands I would be taking her out or touching her or changing water etc.
Its funny because now when she hears the tapping and sees the red, boom, she's out so fast! She's ready to roll. Where's my supper woman? And I don't put my hands in after that.
If Mocha doesn't hear/see tongs she's a lazy slug and won't budge. I have to go in and get her out of her cave. The girl is smart. She's always listening.
Clear, consistent behavior makes the process easy for her to understand.
Hope this helps. This is what works for me, but you do you. ✌🏼 ~ Brenda
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