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How to Introduce a pet rat to water

Posted by Mr.Rattitude on Jun 20, 2010 in Rat Videos

Please read: This video should help to show a good way to introduce your pet rats to water and one day could result in them diving and swimming in it :). However, it’s important to understand that some pet rats will just not like water. Your success will vary depending on your individual critter(s). This description runs along-side the video so please read: Important Rules: * Never place your rat in the water, if your rat has not chosen to go in itself then it will instinctively just want to get straight back out again. This will not be a good water experience and can really set progress back. * Always use fresh, clean water and clean the tubs out well before each use. * It’s really important to take the increase in depth slowly. Base it on your rats progress so that you are going at their speed not your own. They will go in deeper water in time but if you make it too deep too early they will just not go in and you will end up taking steps backwards. * Its again important that your rat can at all times get out if they want to. So, if the sides of the tub are too high for the rat to EASILY jump out of, there really must be a ladder. If the rat does not have an easy route out they will feel less secure and this will lead to either not wanting to go in, or once in they will just want to get straight back out. * With the last point in mind I’m against using the bath tub as a swimming place for rats. The sides of the bath are too tall for easy and safe escape, also there is

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

Posted by ratwoman1958 on Jun 20, 2010 in Rat Videos

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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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

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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