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Hi there! I got two baby ratties last week! I'm trying to find out as much as I can about them! Unfortunately though, they're quite skittish being so small. Just today I was playing with one of them, Hero, and he climbed onto my arm and ran as fast as he could and jumped off my arm onto the floor. I spent a good ten minutes chasing him around my room, and when I caught him, he was quite afraid and for the first time he squeaked when I held him! I put him back in his cage and now whenever I put my hand near him he freezes up or runs away. I'm quite upset with this because I had made a lot of progress with him! Now, he won't even take the treats out of my hand when I offer him one! What should I do?
 

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Just continue trust training as you normally would, but make sure to stay calm and quiet around him for a little while. He's probably still a little shocked, so make sure to give him extra treats when he's around you. Also, I'd suggest making sure that you only play with him in a rat-proofed free range area until he's more used to you again, since when a rat knows how to escape, they'll more likely try twice as hard, and be really determined. Don't give up! This happened to me with one of my girls, Bea (well, she escaped the cage, but she acted the same as Hero afterwards) and it could take a couple weeks to get back to where you are. He'll calm down, just continue as you've been doing. Set backs are a part of trust training, unfortunately.
 
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