One evening I came across a fascinating animal act featuring a cat trainer with a half dozen cats of varying sizes, shapes and colors. The trainer simply used a combination of treats and verbal praise to motivate his cats to perform difficult tricks. Amazingly, he got one cat to walk on his front paws, one balanced on a ball, while yet another pushed a toy baby stroller across the stage.
No actual training required
After the performance, the cat trainer was asked how he got his cats to willingly obey his commands. His response surprised me with its simple wisdom. He said he didn’t train the cats at all; he simply figured out what each cat liked to do best and then encouraged that behavior!