There are many
people who wonder what to do, so I will write my personal
rat-training tips. I haven't had any big problems with my
rats, but have had
2-3 rats which needed a little extra training help.
If you buy a rat
from a breeder you are more likely to get a tame rat than
you buy one from a pet shop.But, never say never...I
bought a rat from a pet
shop and she was very tame. ( the breeder who supplied
the pet shop did a
I always use a
specific sound when I want to get my rats' attention and
works very well for me. It's a bit difficult to explain
how I create the
sound, but I'll give it a try; I suck in air between my
front teeth and make
a squeeking sound with my lips....It sounds like rat
squeeks. You might think
this sounds a bit weird, but it works perfect with the
rats I have now and
ones I have had in the past.My rats come in a big hurry
when I "call"
them...whether to get a snack or be taken out of their
cage. Even if they are
fast asleep they will come running when I make "our
Rats vary, but
almost all can be tamed. There are a few who refuse human
contact for various reasons. Maybe something scared the
rat or hurt it when
it was young. Or, it could be nervousness in their
although I don't think that happens very often.
Every rat has its'
own personality. Some will be very easy to train while
may have to work for weeks or months with others. When my
rats are out of
their cage and allowed to roam free, they always come to
me when I "call"
them. This is a good thing to to know for their safety
and your convenience!
It took weeks to get my first rat really tame, but when I
working with it, I would spend an hour finding her when
she was loose.She
liked to hide from me, but she became very tame after
patient training. So,
after a few weeks she always came running to my special
"call" no matter
where I was.
When you bring a
rat home for the first time, take it out of the cage and
handle it as much as possible. Let it sit on your
shoulder, play with it
often and give it treats that rats really like. You must
be patient and a
little inventive about doing fun things with your rat.
They are very smart
and love a challenge. You should try making a small
agility trail for
climbing practice and exercise. Always keep in mind your
rats' safety to
prevent it from getting hurt.
I think rats will
become socialized to humans quicker if you place their
in the living or family room where humans spend lots of
time. They will get
used to the normal human sounds around them. Avoid too
much exposure to
cigarette smoke and loud music whenever possible. Move
their cage to another,
quieter room when you are having a party.
whenever you have guests who like rats let them play with
rats if they wish. This is another good way to socialize
rats to human contact.
Take your rats out
of their cage every day for at least 1-2 hours. If you
several rats who are all timid and afraid, begin working
with one individual
rat to win its' trust. When the other rats observe
that the one rat likes
you, they will become much easier to train.You need to be
patient with them
and not give up even if it takes a longer training period.
Most rats will not
come out of the cage when you bring them home for the
first time unless they were already tame when you got
them. Put the cage in a
safe place and open the cage door. Sit by the cage
quietly reading a book or
something....put some really tasty rat treats inside and
outside the cage and
leading in your direction. Just ignore the rats when they
first come out and
let them run around and explore their surroundings. They
will probably come
to you after a while, but be very careful not to use
sudden movements. Try
giving them food gently from your hand. Let the rats come
to YOU...this is my
#1 rule...don't force yourself on them!
Never disturb a
sleeping rat by opening the cage suddenly with a lot of
noise. Be gentle and make the rat aware that your are
approaching the cage. I
always use my special "calling sound" when I
pick up my rats so they know who
is handling them.