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Bettongs are kinda like tiny kangaroos and they're quite smart. Watch Sydney the 6 year old bettong in her very first training session ever.

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Jessi: Hello!  And welcome back to animal wonders!  I am about to have a training session with Sydney the Brushtail Bettong, who is this little cutey right here.  Bettongs are fascinating animals that come from Australia, they are closely related to kangaroos, they're just very small! Right now, she just woke up, she's a nocturnal species; she came out of her little stuffy pouch here, it's a little alligator, it is super cute.  And she is just looking for something to eat or something to do.
I've handled Sydney since she was a baby, and she visits schools as part of our life science course, she is a wonderful ambassador for Bettongs and she helps teach about endangered species and environmental change.  
But I have never had a formal training session with her before; so, I thought it would be fun to show you what it is like to train an older animal for the first time!  
*(Intro Music)*
So, this is Sydney's space.  It's not the easiest to get the camera angled in the right direction here, so we're going to do the best we can.  
I am a huge fan of positive reinforcement training, so every time I can showcase it, I want to do that.  I want everyone who has an animal in their life to give this a try.  I have trained dogs, cats, sugar gliders, parrots, a beaver, a skunk, a monkey and even more animals on the channel!  You can train Any Animal, as long as you can figure out how to give them a reward.  From there you can establish a kind of communication and shape a desired behavior.  
So, first things first, I have all of my tools that I might need; I have a pouch full of treats, tiny little treats because she is a tiny little girl.  I have my target stick, I have a clicker, I have, in case she gets a little too enthusiastic about taking the treats I have two ways to deliver the treats.  Just in case she wants to bite my fingers.  So, she is wide awake and ready to eat, I want her to come on over here.  So, I want to establish that when she hears a click, she is going to get a little treat, so I am using a couple different kinds of re-enforcers, I have cashews and banana chips and almonds and some apple.
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