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How to teach a pet rat to spin (four steps)

Posted by ratwoman1958 on Jun 20, 2010 in Rat Videos
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Whiskey walks us through the steps of how to teach a pet rat to spin by voice command. When trying this, don’t spend too long training the rat each day, 5 minutes a day is long enough and even at that they are clever enough to pick this up in a few days. This is important too to make sure they are not over-fed during training. Also don’t be in too much of a hurry to move on a step, take time to get the rats used to each stage so that they can understand what is expected of them. Best to basically let your rat dictate how quickly they learn it. Finally, whiskey made the “step” videos today when he can already spin really well, so if the stages look “too neat” i appologise, especially stage three :P. He’s just not used to having so much help with the spins anymore. Feel free to ask any questions or give your own tips.

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How to teach a pet rat to retrieve and drop a ball (7 steps)

Posted by Mrs.Rattitude on Jun 19, 2010 in Rat Videos
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Extra information: This trick is much harder to teach than the ones Ive previously done a video for (spinning and walking on back legs), so apologies that the video is so long but it needs to be. You will need a lot of patience for this and may need to spend many training sessions on each step before moving on so that your rat can get used to the task at hand. If you move on too fast you will find that your rat will either ignore the glass altogether or at best put two front feet on it and just stare at the ball as though its impossible. If this happens just drop back a step and work with your rat to make that step more mastered before trying again. Womble here has mastered the trick this far (although Im finding more and more that I can take this trick further and have big plans for the next few steps, so be creative), Whiskey is still a work-in-progress and I am using these exact steps so I know the process works. Before each attempt its important to show the rat the treat and the ball so that it understands what is expected, I havent shown that often in this video (it was long enough already) but it is always done, just mostly off camera. Also, once your rats have gotten the hang of what is being asked of them (removing the ball) its worth taking the treat out from the ball, this tends to cause a distraction later on in the training rather than helping If you get lucky you may find that your rat will pick up that it can jump on top of the glass early on and you can

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Rat Training: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide (Complete Care Made Easy) (Paperback)

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 20, 2009 in Rat Books
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Training Your Pet Rat (Training Your Pet Series) (Paperback)

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 6, 2009 in Rat Books
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Training Your Pet Rat (Training Your Pet Series)

Pet owners and animal hobbyists are discovering rats as fascinating and intelligent creatures that can be bred selectively and kept as pets. This book advises on virtually all aspects of caging, feeding, rat management, and training. Although “rat homes” are commercially available, the authors’ detailed discussion of caging includes do-it-yourself ideas on ways to improve on the manufactured versions and convert rat enclosures into structures that better meet hobbyists’ needs. There is also advice on rat trainability, and specific rat-training instructions. Approximately 80 full-color photos.

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The Complete Guide to Rat Training: Tricks and Games for Rat Fun and Fitness (Paperback)

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 2, 2009 in Rat Books
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The Complete Guide to Rat Training: Tricks and Games for Rat Fun and Fitness

Rats are the equal of dogs and cats in playfulness, personality, and intelligence–making them great pets for both children and adults. In fact, over half a million households in the US own a pet rat or mouse. One of only a few books devoted entirely to rat training, The Complete Guide to Rat Training teaches you how to have fun and enhance the relationship you share with your pet rat. The step-by-step format thoroughly and concisely covers a variety of training topics, including positive reinforcement, clicker training, behavior modification, litter training, basic and advanced trick training, and how to set up games and science projects. The authoritative text explains how to read rat behavior and body language so you can understand your rat and learn the similarities between rats and humans. It includes plans and instructions for building training equipment such as mazes and intelligence tests, and provides guidelines that will facilitate a rat’s adjustment to domestic life and help foster a lasting relationship between owner and pet. It also discusses the history of rat training, including tips from professional animal trainers who have trained rats for the entertainment industry.

Packed with color photographs and supplemented with scientific research, helpful tips, and illustrations, The Complete Guide to Rat Training provides the reader with a compact yet instructive manual that is informative, easy-to-read, and fun!

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