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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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What Are Some Good Snacks Or Treats I Can Feed My 2 Pet Rats?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 25, 2009 in Rat Answers
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I have two pet rats, Salt and Pepper, (they’re black and white)
And I want to add A little variation to their diet to keep them interested in what they’re eating.
Any good suggestions??
And is it true that raw egg is good for their fur.

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How Do I Get My Pet Rats To Eat Treats?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Dec 22, 2009 in Rat Answers
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I just purchased two baby rats from my local pet store yesterday. They are both very scared and I’ve been letting them smell my hands and holding them for a few minutes at a time to let them get used to me. I’ve read that to get them to understand that I’m friendly I should give them treats. The problem is, they won’t eat any of the treats I’ve offered. I’ve offered a bit of apple, a cornflake, one of those little yogurt bites, and a few other similar things. They sniff them but won’t even taste them.
Is there something else I can try? Am I doing it wrong? They don’t seem to understand what the treat is or maybe they just don’t want it.

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