So far I've taught one of my rats to come , go to a place I point to, spin , and shake her paw. But I have no idea how to teach her to fetch . any ideas ?
Haha OK. What type of ball should I use ? Is rubber bad for them ?I've read that you should start by trying to get them to learn that picking up the ball means a treat, by first rewarding them for sniffing it, then touching it, then picking it up. After they learn to pick it up, make them pick it up then walk over to you. I've only read about this, though. Every time I try it, my rats just pick it up and run over to their stash. The next morning there's a few shreds that remain of the ball.
You're supposed to use those little white balls with the holes in them, I forget what they're called. They're about the size of pingpong balls and you can buy them at the dollar store, five in a bag. Anything with little holes is easy for rats to grabHaha OK. What type of ball should I use ? Is rubber bad for them ?
ThanksI just would be careful about anything made in China or the third world... some of the plastics they use can be toxic. Try to find a product that's made in the USA or a country where the manufacturers could be held accountable for poisoning children or animals.
I will try using thoseI have no idea on the fetching but I wanted to say my rats suuuuuper love felted wool balls. They do shred them if you leave in cage, but that's fun too You can get them at fabric/yarn shops or they are very easy to make with wool yarn, pantyhose, and a load of laundry.
edit: they are very easy for rats to pick up