advice for teaching our ratty new things??

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advice for teaching our ratty new things??

Post by echo2011 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:20 pm

After lots of patient perseverance our little Echo :love: is now enjoying coming out of her cage for at least an hour a day... and she's now even confident enough to enjoy free-roaming sessions on the sofa, bed and we're attempting a climb of the stairs next :wink: she really is coming out of her shell more and more everyday. We're seeing her personality flourish a lot more now too!! :dumbogirly: these are all amazing developments as when we first had her she seemed very shy and extremely nervous about us (which is definitely no longer the case as she now seems to get excited when we're getting her out for some playtime and cuddles!) :dumbo:
But.. we've been trying to teach her new things like responding to her name (she already does this a bit!) and coming back to us when we call her, but when we try to reward her with treats or fruit she doesn't seem to go for anything straight away so it doesn't seem like such a reward. Does anyone know of anything that we could use to reward her instead of treats as she starts to learn new things?? :-?
mummy to "Echo" the very lively rat :love: ..never forget you Hermione :love:

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Re: advice for teaching our ratty new things??

Post by purple_vixen » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:06 am

Hello...

How are you getting on with your training?

There's an interesting article here that might give you some ideas :)

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Re: advice for teaching our ratty new things??

Post by MistressSadako » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:22 am

A friend would be the best way for her to gain confidence and be more sure of her surroundings 8)
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Re: advice for teaching our ratty new things??

Post by echo2011 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:43 am

We are still working on a cagemate (as our last attempt was foiled :cry: )

The training is coming on leaps and bounds now though our little Echo is now responding to her name well. She understands when we praise her (she gets visably very excited! :D) and knows that if we clap then she is doing something she shouldn't be! (..like contemplating chewing wires, ect). She also is beginning to respond to a sound that we associate with her "treat-time" (to help us teach her little tricks later on), and she getting really good at responding to short commands like no, up, away, down, ect. :dumbogirly:

Her confidence is amazing, she is miles away from the timid little girl we bought home a month ago! :love:
mummy to "Echo" the very lively rat :love: ..never forget you Hermione :love:

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Re: advice for teaching our ratty new things??

Post by echo2011 » Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:50 am

Btw... that article's really good thanks for the recommendation Vix! :D
mummy to "Echo" the very lively rat :love: ..never forget you Hermione :love:

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