I recently decided to try to train one of our ducks, Moxy, a blue runner. I'm documenting my processs and results in hopes that we can all learn from this experiment. Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated! My goal is to teach Moxy: 1. Peck a specific color on command 2. Not eat peas until I tell her she is allowed to. #1 should be possible with enough dedication on my part. #2 may not be possible at all, but if I pull it off that pretty much proves that you can train a duck to do pretty much anything! I am using a clicker training approach. You can google "clicker training" if you aren't familiar with it. So far I've had two training sessions with Moxy each about 20-25 minutes. I'm breaking the usual rule of teaching only one trick at a time because #2 might never happen and it can be frustrating for Moxy. I want to be sure to end training on a positive note so I'll finish with color training as that is much easier. Day 1: I worked on teaching Moxy to associate the clicker with a reward. Within a few minutes she learned that trying to take the pea from my closed hand was a waste of time and only went after the peas when I used the clicker first (successfully taught her clicker = treat!!!). Since we were only 5 minutes into the training I decided to start teaching Moxy the "wait" command. I started saying "wait" then showing her the peas in my hand. If she went after them, I quickly closed my hand and said, "no". When my hand was about eye level and about 8" away she didn't go after the peas half the time so I used the clicker, said "good", and gave her the treats. I ended the session with letting her have a bunch of peas. Day 2: Moxy started sitting on eggs today (they were not even her own eggs. I'm not even sure if she laid any this week!) so she was in a bit of a bad mood because I cleared out all the eggs. I started by reinforcing clicker = treats. Then I practiced the "wait" command again. No new progress with the "wait" command today. I started introducing her to colors by printing blue, red, and green circles on a sheet of paper and saying the color before I put the pea on the circle. I had a hard time keeping her from standing on top of the circles... I'll need to think of a way to make this easier... Again I ended the session with a bunch of peas.