Let Rats Decide . . .

Such a core concept for earning the trust of pet rats. Below the notes is a video example – and more videos will be added – of letting rats decide “when”. Take a lookie. :)

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Let Rats Decide . . .

Anything and Everything Possible!

  1. When to move from their human to the table or cage.
  2. When to come onto their human's hands.
  3. When to move from the human's shoulder, to lay in her arms.
  4. When to climb onto their human.
  5. When to be touched by their human.
  6. To eat yucky medicine food.
  7. To come out of the cage when it's time to play or when the human wants her to.

The Benefits of Letting Rats Decide

  1. All creatures need “Think Time”, to process their emotions, to make decisions, and to feel safe to proceed.
  2. Let's keep stress to a minimum. Good for body and mind.
  3. Learning happens best when the animal is under threshold.
  4. When a rat knows you will respect her “No”, she'll trust you more and be willing to do as you ask more easily. She will know that asking her to do a scary thing will not result in fear or pain, because you'll stop when you see her say “No”.
  5. Respecting your rat's resistance, reluctance, or hesitancy, is the opposite of using force. Nobody likes being forced to do anything, and rats are no exception.

And below is another video showing Pemy deciding whether and when I'm allowed to offer her food on my finger. :)

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