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Rat behavior issues and concerns such as aggression, rat body language, introductions, and trust training.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Immersion Training - The Guide

    The Rat's Mind Set: I've only ever seen a single case of human - wild rat introductions, and it may not be typical, but I suppose I should start...

    Started by Rat Daddy‎, 04-17-2013 12:52 PM
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    02-09-2015, 08:29 AM Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Introducing Rats using the Carrier Method

    I’ve been asked to put together a guide to the “Carrier” method of introductions. Before it start its worth saying that this isn’t the only method...

    Started by Isamurat‎, 06-17-2014 07:16 AM
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    11-29-2014, 06:23 AM Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Timid or Aggressive Rat? Trust Training

    Gaining the Trust of Your Rat Recently gotten a new rat, or own a rat who is scared or aggressive towards you? A lot of times this is caused by...

    Started by Jaguar‎, 02-11-2010 02:53 AM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: How to introduce a new rat to your group!


    Started by littlematchstick‎, 01-14-2010 12:07 AM
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  1. Reward petting?

    Hi. As I've stated before, I have 2 timid rats (Max and Twitch). But they are improving. What do you guys think of trying to pet them, then produce a...

    Started by Tango‎, Yesterday 05:57 PM
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  2. Rat eating my fingernail?!

    So my current mischief contains two girlies who adore grooming my hands anytime i open their cage. It's usually licking and then 'nibbling' my...

    Started by Jess <3‎, Yesterday 01:02 PM
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  3. Empathy in rats

    A new experiment shows that rats will choose helping a fellow rat over eating chocolate ...

    Started by bloomington bob‎, 05-16-2015 11:07 AM
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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM Go to last post
  4. New baby help...

    So a little bit ago i got a new little ratty for my birthday. Hes been living with my four older boys for about six days. Im not exactly sure how old...

    Started by MOA‎, 05-12-2015 10:17 AM
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    05-21-2015, 06:55 PM Go to last post
  5. How to curb excitement/nervous poops?

    I recently got two rats and both have settled down nicely. Rose is much calmer than Edna. Even though Rose is calm, she's also a little more...

    Started by Mr_Mooster‎, 05-18-2015 10:21 PM
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    05-20-2015, 09:00 PM Go to last post
  6. Second Attempt at Intros Went HORRIBLY Awry

    Tried again to introduce all the boys - 15 minutes later, Beemo has bloody spot on his side and my daughter has a huge gouge in her hand that we're...

    Started by Tao.and.Laughter‎, 05-18-2015 12:05 PM
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    05-20-2015, 05:14 PM Go to last post
  7. Unhappy Kirby just passed:( should I let the other boys see him?

    My baby boy Kirby just died at 12 today. Luckily, I got to be there for his last moments. Should I let his brothers see his body?

    Started by jamie16‎, 05-19-2015 01:02 PM
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    05-20-2015, 09:50 AM Go to last post
  8. New rat owner, need help!

    Hey there guys and gals, So I'm a new rat owner, and I recently got two young male rats V and Moogle (I have a post in the Say Hi section with...

    Started by RaR‎, 05-10-2015 07:58 PM
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    05-19-2015, 05:10 PM Go to last post
  9. Boys are fighting and drawing blood

    Hello.. it has been a while! I have two boys that are about 7 months old. They have always been into wrestling, but in the last month or so, their...

    Started by onisteverina‎, 05-13-2015 10:38 PM
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    05-19-2015, 11:17 AM Go to last post
  10. Introductions with Alfie

    Yesterday I brought home my two new baby boys, who are about 5-6 weeks old. Still too little to be in the big cage (not considering alfie, they can...

    Started by Rhonwen‎, 04-27-2015 07:25 AM
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    05-19-2015, 07:15 AM Go to last post
  11. How to help out a shy rat?

    Hello! So my boys have had a couple big weeks. First their new cagemate, Odo, moves in. Then a few days later they all get moved into their new...

    Started by JigglyPuffy‎, 05-18-2015 04:40 PM
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    05-18-2015, 04:53 PM Go to last post
  12. How do I show her affection when she doesn't like being touched at all?

    My hairless girl is very affectionate and super kissy. She kisses my hand constantly almost non stop until I take it away or until she gets bored and...

    Started by Finnebon‎, 05-17-2015 05:53 AM
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    05-18-2015, 08:58 AM Go to last post
  13. curious about this

    my new babies Summer and Breezy are taking their lab blocks and putting them In the litter pan and eat their , Is this strange or naormal ? the ...

    Started by MomToRats‎, 05-17-2015 08:26 PM
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    05-17-2015, 08:32 PM Go to last post
  14. Biting when getting treats

    One of my three boys is a hopeless nibbler. He bites, but not in an aggressive/fearful way - he's just so grabby with treats! If I, say, put some...

    Started by relmneiko‎, 05-14-2015 03:47 PM
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    05-17-2015, 04:29 PM Go to last post
  15. Im worried about my older rat

    So I had two rats. They were best buddies. One passed away and after a month or so i gave my other rat to a friend who had three rats. Zeno, my rat,...

    Started by stuarta911‎, 05-16-2015 01:34 AM
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    05-17-2015, 04:24 PM Go to last post
  16. What kind of treats do you give to your rat when training?

    Just wondering what foods people use for treats. Does anyone make their own rat treats?

    Started by RatterKing‎, 05-16-2015 11:58 PM
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    05-17-2015, 01:43 PM Go to last post
  17. Rat getting beat up on

    We noticed one of our rats getting scabs and scar on his face. We think the biggest rat in our trio is beating up on him. We plan on trimming their...

    Started by AccioRat‎, 05-17-2015 11:33 AM
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    05-17-2015, 12:16 PM Go to last post
  18. Rat communication: what does this mean?

    My rat has this naughty habit of trying to get up on my windowsill when he's out to play and he's not allowed up on there. I sit underneath the...

    Started by new_rattie_mommy‎, 05-16-2015 01:50 AM
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    05-17-2015, 06:04 AM Go to last post
  19. Normal, bully, or alpha?

    I apologize if there has been some coverage of this. I have scoured the forums and found many bits and pieces that have portions of my issue but I'm...

    Started by WheelRunner‎, 05-14-2015 02:05 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    05-16-2015, 12:34 PM Go to last post
  20. Introduction gone well. Next step cage trail.

    The adults are taking well to the five week olds in multiple neutral ground introductions. I am now doing a cage trial to see where they are at in...

    Started by elliotulysses‎, 05-16-2015 10:40 AM
    • Replies: 0
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    05-16-2015, 10:40 AM Go to last post

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