This trick is actually something I saw in one of Abby Roesers videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LMgkGesoVI) a long time ago, and I finally decided to try and train it. Basically, the premise is that the cue card/s motion and position tell the rat exactly what you want them to do, while the words written on the card make it seem like the rat is “reading”. Its a very cute and impressive looking trick, and is actually quite easy to train.
Basically, you decide on your routine (in my case, spin, up onto bowl, then spin again), and have your rat perform the action from known hand-signals. Once they can do the whole routine as you cue them, its time to set up your new cue, the card itself. So you gradually introduce the cue next to your pre-existing cue. And after your rat understand the new cues, you just back chain them together to make one trick!
– Riding High: http://www.purple-planet.com/cute/459…