Hey everyone, this video is something I’ve been wanting to film for quite a while now. Ever since I made my video on how to make a cardboard playpen for rats ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3eDuW1MRhw ), I’ve gotten several commenter’s asking how to stop the rats from escaping. Before this video I could only describe how I trained my girls to stay inside the pen and communicate their needs directly to me, but now I have a video explaining the entire process!
This is actually a super simple behavior to train to your rats, but it WILL require quite a bit of time and patience. The key here is to ALWAYS prevent the rat from actually escaping, because as soon as they succeed, they will relentlessly try again in the exact same way. Trust me on this, Berry was literally the Houdini of rats when she was younger (before we trained this method). She NEVER and I mean NEVER forgot a successful escape. When I went on a month long vacation and she didn’t get free-range for than entire month? Nope! The second she got bored on my first day home, she tried the EXACT place she had gotten out well over a month beforehand!
But now that Berry understands my method (and now that I’ve successfully re-directed her many, many, MANY times!) she NEVER tries to escape. Instead, she and the other rats run around and have their fun, then when they finish they’ll jump onto my shoulder and patiently wait for me to put them up.
Anyway, hope this helps anyone facing the same issues I used to have!
Music (in order of appearance:):
– Wallpaper Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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– “Tom and Jerry Tales theme song and credits” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzvM1_zQoo4)