Mice and rats can be trained to do plenty of tricks and rats may also be toilet trained. Rats are faster learners than mice having an equal intelligence to puppies. They are extremely food orientated and will soon learn to do something if food is provided as a reward. Mice and rats can be trained to run through miniature agility courses that you may make yourself from pieces of wood.
I found a mouse circus business available on the web once. It came with travelling van, all of the equipment including miniature Ferris wheels, tunnels, climbing gear, lights, bells and whistles needless to say, 40 breeding mice! Can you imagine travelling from town to town just like a real circus just all of your actors at which the size of a walnut?
If you wish to train your rat or mouse to run through a maze or an obstacle course teach it one piece of gear at one time. Give it a reward when it completes it and add another piece of gear and give it a treat once it completes the next one. Finally you can put all the pieces together rather than treat after every one as the animal learns to finish the program. If you wish to introduce sounds or bells, introduce them to a mouse or rat from a couple of rooms away so that you don’t frighten them. Cost of Raccoon Trapping.
It had been quite successful for some time until my border collie found the entire thing a little too ‘interesting’! They are predominantly utilised to train horses and dogs, but they work equally well on rats.
For those who have a curious pet, you are able to reward its unusual behavior by giving it a treat every time it does it. The creature will soon learn how to repeat the behavior for a treat. Shy rats and mice can be tricky to train so it’s advisable that you handle the creature for a little while before purchasing it.
Female rats are easier to toilet train than males because males have a propensity to mark new areas with their urine (this includes anyone who picks them up). I’ve old t shirts and jumpers that I use when handling any of my critters just in case.
To toilet train your rat set a little tray in their cage with some bedding material. Place a few of their droppings inside. If you’re knowledgeable about clicker training you might also use this or you could praise your rat every time it goes close to the tray.
Patience with this form of training as it might take your rat a while to work out what you need. Always reward and promote, never punish or reach your pet as it will learn how to mistrust you and make training difficult.