How to Teach Rats Tricks

Teaching your rat tricks will be easy with these basic tips. Be patient and make the training fun.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Make sure it's quiet Make sure it is quiet with no distractions during training time so the rat stays focused.
  • Step 2: Train your rat Train your rat with a clicker, small treats, and praise. Always give your pet positive reinforcement.
  • TIP: A clicker can be purchased online or at a pet store.
  • Step 3: Concentrate on one trick Concentrate on teaching the rat 1 trick at a time, and start with something simple, like teaching the rat to come to you when called.
  • TIP: Keep the training sessions between 5 and 10 minutes.
  • Step 4: Use same gestures Use the same command and gestures when you teach them a new trick, and eventually the rat will start to memorize the tricks.
  • Step 5: Start clicking Start clicking. When the rat comes toward you, call its name and say "come," then give it a treat and praise.
  • Step 6: Remember key components Remember that repetition, consistency, and patience are the key components to train your pet. Practice makes perfect.
  • FACT: A Hindu temple in India holds tribute to the rat goddess Karmi Mata and is home to 20,000 rats.

You Will Need

  • Rat
  • Quiet training area
  • Clicker
  • Treats
  • Praise
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Commands
  • Gestures
  • Internet access (optional)
  • Pet store (optional)

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