Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Mouse Agility Course

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Training animals (and people) to do what you wish them to do is a vanishing art. However, there is a training method that is gaining popularity for teaching animals, ranging from rodents to whales, to perform certain behaviors on command. This training method is clicker training. Here is one example of clicker training with a common ordinary pet mouse, where it has been trained to follow an obstacle course that is truly epic in its size.

How the heck did this mouse keeper train this beast to perform like this? In short, he used clicker training. When you watch this video, you’ll see one of the tricks used in clicker training, a target stick that animals are trained to go to:

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  1. #1 Thomas
    May 14, 2010

    I wonder if it follows an olfactory trail to be able to follow that long track or if it really has that good memory.

  2. #2 Mr. GrrlScientist
    May 14, 2010

    Ah, I wondered what Grrl was doing


    Excuse me, must run.

  3. #3 Prof.Pedant
    May 14, 2010

    The video showed Barnabas cheating, and then at the end when the video mentioned ‘featured mice’ it was ‘Branabas RIP’. Apparently mice that do not follow the rules get fed to the cat…..

  4. #4 biosparite
    May 14, 2010

    So when will we Orpheus performing in this fashion?

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