I have a new friend. He’s a little white mouse who I’ve named Houdini. The name’s appropriate, he is quite the escape artist! Houdini is just a plain little white mouse who was meant to be snake food. He was even given to a snake and (we think) the snake tried to snatch him, as […]
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In this section you’ll find lots of posts about my wonderful pet rats. Rats make great pets — they are cute and cuddly, but also super smart. Mine are always up to some sort of mischief and I love watching their antics. I use clicker training when training my rats. If you’re not familiar with clicker training, please check out my article What is clicker training?
Georgie’s latest trick is spinning in a circle. We’ve been working on this over several days and she’s really starting to get the hang of it! Check out the video clip below. Now, the interesting thing about training is that sometimes what the animal learns is slightly different from what we are teaching. I was […]
Ever seen a rat who could play a keyboard to the melody of a Pink Floyd song? Check out the YouTube clip below and you’ll meet several rats who can do just that! One of my professors, Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, shared this clip with me yesterday. I think it’s a fun and very creative example of […]
One thing I’ve been doing more of this semester is rat training. I started some clicker training with my rat Georgie last fall. However, I didn’t get too far past teaching food delivery and conditioning the clicker. So far this fall we’ve worked on a handful of tricks, including targeting, standing on a platform (including […]
I’m (finally) starting to have some success with clicker training the rats. (Check out Georgie’s debut on youtube in this post, Rat Clicker Training Success.) Who would have thought training a rat would be this hard? In this post I’ll explain some of the initial troubles I had and describe how I finally trained the […]
This weekend, I’ve (finally) had some success with clicker training the rats. I was having a lot of trouble at first with keeping Georgie in one place long enough to have a training session. She’d run off, crawl up my arm, or wander over to explore something. However, we’ve made a handful of changes and […]