How To Tame Your Bearded Dragon Quickly In 3 Steps

How To Tame Your Bearded Dragon In 3 Simple StepsBearded dragons are one of the most popular pet reptiles in the world. Not only because they are cute, easy to take care of and look like a dragon. Nope! They are also very calm and most of them can be petted and handled right from the start, without doing anything. So of course this makes them good, so called “starter reptiles” and further they are awesome reptiles for kids.

However there are some bearded dragons which do not want to be petted, handled or even looked at. Those beardies will bite their owners and get in full dragon mode as soon as a human get close to them. Others are pretty shy and hide whenever somebody gets too near to the terrarium.

So if you visit this article, you most probably want to know how to tame your bearded dragon quickly. Good news! You came to the right website. In this article I will show you that taming a bearded dragon is pretty easy and only requires three simple steps.

Before we get right into things here, I just want to mention one thing. Do not believe anybody who tells you that your bearded dragon can´t be tamed. That´s just not true. Every dragon can be tamed.

So let´s start!

Step 1 – Let that beardie get used to you

The first step does not require real action. No matter if your bearded dragon is totally aggressive or if it is shy as hell, it needs to get used to your presence. Whatever you do, do it near the tank of your bearded dragon.

Don´t get me wrong here, I do not want you to carry your bearded dragon tank with you to the toilet so that you can always be near your dragon. Just do normal things near to the terrarium. If you watch TV, do it next to your bearded dragon tank.
If you call a friend, sit beside the tank, so that your dragon can see you. Spend as much time as possible near your bearded dragon.

There will be a point when the bearded dragon will see you as something normal. In fact this is the technique I use to get my dragons used to everything new and it works perfectly fine. When I bought a leash for my beardies I just placed the leash near the tank for a couple of days to let my dragons get used to the leash. Putting on the leash was sooo easy after that.

Step 2 – Handfeeding, handfeeding, handfeeding

When you feed your dragon, do you just throw the food into the dragons cave and hope that this sacrifice offering will not make it kill you? Yes? ….. Beeeeeep, stop it, now!
Stop just throwing the food into the tank. If you really want to tame your dragon, you need to start handfeeding it.

In the first couple of days, you should just place your hand inside the tank, so the beardie can get used to your hand in its territory. Especially with shy bearded dragons, this works great. Aggressive dragons might start to defend its territory and try to bite your hand. If so, you can skip this step, or put on a thick glove, so your dragon won´t hurt you.

Please note, that you should not overdo it. If your dragon is attacking you all day, it will get exhausted and that might be too much stress for your dragon.

Taming a bearded dragon in 3 simple steps
Tame and happy Castiel - Owner: Stormie Schulte

Getting used to your hand also means that you bearded dragon should learn that your hand means food. So get your tweezers out or if you are very courageous feed your dragon with your bare hands.

At first it might take a long time till your dragon will take the food out of your hand, but believe me, it will take it after a while. If it does not take the food, simply skip feeding and feed it the next day. The more hungry your dragon gets, the more it is willing to do to get the food.

Please note that this will do no harm to your dragon. In the wild they are used to not eat for a couple of days if they can´t find or catch food.
If you own a baby bearded dragon I would not recommend to skip feeding, since your beardie is growing and it is better if they eat every day. It most probably will not be necessary anyway, since they are hungry as hell every day when they are growing.

Do not stop offering water!!

Step 3 – Step on your hand

Now we come to the final step. You should have already handfed your dragon for a couple of days. Your bearded dragons is more used to you now, since you are getting into that handfeeding you should take it to the next step.

If you feed your dragon with your right hand, place your left hand under the food you are offering with tweezers (or your bare hand if you are badass), so that your dragon needs to step on your hand to reach the food.

It most probably will be distracted at first and it will take a long time until it will be brave enough to step on your hand to get the food, but the hunger always wins.
If it does not work, simply do as I have described in Step 2, just skip one feeding and feed it on the next day.

Remember, the more hungry your dragon is, the more it is willing to do to get the food. On the second day without food, it most probably will jump on your hand without hesitating. Offering treats your dragon loves most, will make things easier. For example get some superworms whenever you want to train your dragon to get on your hand.

Again, do not skip feeding if you have a baby bearded dragon or if you have a undernourished dragon. The health of your beardie is always the most important thing, never forget that.

Why taming a bearded dragon is important

Handling a shy bearded dragon means a lot of stress for the animal. However sometimes you need to handle your dragon, for example if you need to go to the vet or if you want to clean the habitat.
For shy bearded dragons even watching them can be too much stress for them and that´s not what you want. Too much stress will cause health problems, so in my opinion it is very important that your dragon stays calm when you are near the tank or if you need to handle it.

Besides that you can do a lot more things with your bearded dragon if it does not freak out if you touch it. Just have a look at this article: 10 Best Bearded Dragon Activities And Toys.
I have listed a lot of great exercises there, which are good for your dragon, since they prevent depression, boredom and sluggishness.

Without taming your dragon, most of those exercises would not be possible.

Further exercise

If your dragon steps on your hand while being fed without hesitating, you should get your dragon out of the habitat and do some additional exercises. Have a look at the video below:

If you do it like this, your bearded dragon will get used to climbing on your body and it will become the calmest dragon you have ever seen. Just be patient, never give up, it will happen.

Did you need to tame your beardie or was it already calm when you got it? Tell me about it in the comment section!
If you need any help, just leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I promise! 🙂

All the best,

Pierre

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The 10 Best Bearded Dragon Toys And Activities

bearded dragon toysHave you ever heard of bearded dragon toys? No? Me neither until last week. A friend of mine, who is also in love with bearded dragons, told me that he bought some toys for his dragon now and that he is doing a little bit of playing and training with his dragon.

Since I´ve never heard of beardies playing with toys, I was very curious what kind of toys bearded dragons actually use. With “use” I mean actually playing, or doing something with it.

Since I am running this website here, I am always up for something new, I am always up for some experiments so I can share my new impressions with you guys, my readers. Besides that I also got two beardies and of course I want to entertain them.

I think that bearded dragons really need something to do. They need a little bit of exercise. Not only for their physical health (most bearded dragons definitely get too fat in a terrarium because of overfeeding) but also for their mental health.

Out in the wild they are doing stuff the whole day, like hunting or keeping other dragons away from their territory. What do they do in a terrarium? Right! Almost nothing.

Here is a list for you of the 10 best toys and activities for bearded dragons. Hope you enjoy!

No. 1 – Get a ball for your bearded dragon

I know it sounds simple and somehow unbelievable. Bearded dragons playing with balls? Well sounds like someone thinks that beardies are dogs, right? Well, maybe they aren´t that different from dogs as we thought, lol.

In fact most bearded dragons really play with a ball. Do they enjoy it? I do not know, I don´t speak dragon language, but the dragon in the video below seems to enjoy showing the ball who´s the boss.

So you see, dragons seem to like playing with balls, which is great. It is not only a great physical exercise for beardies, it also keeps them busy, which prevents them from getting depressed from sitting bored in the tank all day.

No. 2 – Buy or build a swing or a hammock for your bearded dragon

Come on, who does not love swings? All humans on earth love swings and it seems like many animals also do. The bearded dragon is no exception here. They love to climb on it or just lie on it, looking around judging everybody, haha.

This is also a good physical exercise for your bearded dragon. Due to the fact that the swing moves when your dragon climbs on it a lot of different muscles will be activated and trained. It is a better exercise for them then just climbing on a rock.

If you want to buy a swing, you should make sure that it is made of good and save material. Swings of bad quality could hurt your bearded dragon. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of swings you could buy, which are made for bearded dragons. If you do not want to build a swing yourself, you could also do something similar with a hammock for your bearded dragon.

Have a look at the article below where I have reviewed one of the best bearded dragon hammocks and explain what fun stuff you could do for your dragon with a hammock.

Why you must have a bearded dragon hammock!

No. 3 – Get a bearded dragon leash

bearded dragon activitiesI was sceptical when it comes to leashes for bearded dragons. I was always afraid that my dragons might not like the leash and hurt themselfes when I put on the leash.

However there is no need to worry about that. My dragons got used to see the leash a couple of days and then I could put it on without any problems.

Just think about the possibilities here. You can take your bearded dragon for a walk, which is a great physical and mental exercise for your dragon. It prevents depression and the sunlight is sooo good for your bearded dragon.

You can even let your bearded dragon hunt wild insects as long as you visit the vet regularly. Please make sure that the grass where your dragon hunts was not treated with pesticide.

The dragon leash is really one of my favorite bearded dragon toy/ activity. Besides that you can get a leash for your beardie for just a few bucks. Have a look at this article, where I show you one of the best leashes for not even $10! Click here!

No. 4 – Get long tweezers

bearded dragon tweezersYeah I know, most of you guys probably don´t need tweezers or don´t want tweezers, since you enjoy feeding your bearded dragons without that stuff.

However it is not really about the feeding. Tweezers are awesome to play chase with your bearded dragon. Simply grab a cricket or a dubia or something like that and show it to your dragon. Of course, as you already know, your dragon most probably will freak out and try to catch the food.

Let your dragon run, climb and jump and you will have a healthy bearded dragon. This is a great exercise for your bearded dragon, because you simulate nature here. In the wild bearded dragon hunt their food all day.

Further this is not only good for your bearded dragon. I bet you are also going to have a lot of fun playing with your bearded dragon. 🙂

Note: Please make sure that you don´t overdo it here. Play chase for your bearded dragon, but do not do it too long as it could be too much for your dragon at some point.

No. 5 – Food in a package

Have you ever left your bearded dragon together with a transparent box full of crickets on the floor? If not, you should definitely try it out. Your dragon will hunt the box like crazy to get the food inside.

It is the same as letting your dragon hunt food with tweezers, but just for lazy people, haha.

No. 6 – Get a mirror

bearded dragon toySounds weird, but is one of the best and most natural things you can do for your bearded dragon. Place a mirror near the tank of your bearded dragon, so that the dragon can see its own reflection.

Observe your dragon. It will start to bobb its head or it will do the bearded dragon wave. That´s because the beardie thinks that there is an intruder. Bearded dragons are territorial and they want to scare away potential competitors, or they even show submissiveness by waving.

I would not place the mirror near your tank all day. Maybe 15 minutes each day, so your bearded dragon is busy, but does not get stressed out. The rest of the day you can just cover the mirror with something like a towel for example.

This also works with two bearded dragons in two separate tanks. If you place the tanks so that the bearded dragons can see each other, you will see their awesome territorial behavior. Just don´t place them too near to each other.

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No. 7 – Swimming

You might not believe it, but bearded dragons are great swimmers and they love it! Have a look at this video below of a german guy who lets their dragons swim in his pond.

Awesome, isn´t it?

You can let your dragon swimm in your pool if you just use normal water. You can also fill your bathtub with water and let it swim in there. Or you use a clothes hamper for that, as long as it has no holes it should work. If you have a pond, that probably would be the best! Let it swim in your pond 🙂

Please make sure that you always keep an eye on your beardies while they swim. They are good swimmers and most probably nothing bad will happen, but you never know.

No. 8 – Build caves for your dragon

I have found a great substrate for bearded dragons which is not dangerous and awesome for creating an extremely good looking bearded dragon habitat.

You can find my article on this substrate here.

With this substrate you can form hills and even caves in your bearded dragon tank. This way your bearded dragon can explore its habitat and it can even dig its own caves and tunnels.

The great thing about this substrate is, that it is very cheap, it is very easy to clean and you can remodel it over and over again. So you can create a completely new habitat for your bearded dragon without spending over and over again.

This way your bearded dragon can explore and does not get too bored in its tank. However do not change the habitat too often in a short period of time. That could stress your dragon. You could do it every 3 months for example 🙂

No. 9 – Climbing on your body

Most probably you are doing it already anyway, but it is definitely worth mentioning it in this list. Letting you bearded dragon climb on your body is not only fun for you, it is also a good exercise for your beardie. Just make sure, that you do not overdo it here. I know, I could also do that all day, but we really should give our dragons a rest from time to time, lol.

No. 10 – Get out in the rain

If you live in a warm country you can also get outside with your bearded dragon when it rains and look how it reacts to rain. Have a look at the video below.

The dragon in the video went for the balcony when it started to rain. It was not forced to do that. By the movements it makes you can clearly see, that it trys to swim a little bit. 🙂
It is definitely having a good time and it is not distracted at all.

Always make sure that your bearded dragon likes it. It could also be distracted by the rain and try to get away. Just keep an eye on your beardie and you will be fine.

 

So that´s it guys, this is my top ten list of the best bearded dragon toys and actvities.

What do you do with your bearded dragon? Do you take it outside or let it climb on your body?

Did you actually try out something after reading this list? 🙂 Let´s talk about it in the comments below! Just leave a comment and I will get back to you!

Have fun with your bearded dragons!

All the best,

Pierre