How to Start Training Your Rats (Updated)!

So I finally (FINALLY!) got around to remaking my 2017 video on how to start training your rats. I still stand by that video however I felt it was lacking some vital information that could help prevent confusion and frustration when training. This video is about twice that videos length and I tried to go more in depth, addressing the most common questions I tend to get on the prior 2017 video. Anyways I hope you find this video helpful and as always, happy training!

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  1. JESSIE on June 23, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Fantastic guide! I think being able to teach things/ideas without the exchange of words both parties understand definitely deserves some sort of award and recognition. This is big brain stuff and I respect that!

  2. Jethro Canela on June 23, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    I love all of the cute baby pictures you got.

  3. snekings on June 23, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Hello! I was wondering if I could get some advice. I recently got rats (almost two weeks ago) they obviously aren’t comfortable yet with handling and are a bit tentative with petting but will allow pets most of the time. Any advice on how we can get them to be comfortable to be pet and handled, and be comfortable with me in general? I’m just worried I’m doing something wrong, although I’m aware it will take some time for them to be comfortable. I’ve had hamsters for a decade but rats are very new to me so I’d love your insight!!

  4. William P. on June 23, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Could I use a pen as a clicker

  5. Otter Fish on June 23, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    do rats like baby talk?

  6. Loreta Kate Kampus on June 23, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    Is it normal when at first my rat i pooping every where?

  7. Lein De rave on June 23, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    What soort of good are you using???
    I wanna know it

  8. Alex Locklair on June 23, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    What are some good treats? I just got 2 rats, this is my first time owning rats

  9. S0m3b0d33 K on June 23, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Can I use apple jacks for them?

  10. woollyprimate on June 23, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    This is wonderful! Very thorough. You really know your stuff. I used clicker training with my dog. Cool to know it will work with rats.

  11. Otter Fish on June 23, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    I love how simple she makes this

  12. Mannat Bhatia on June 23, 2022 at 7:40 pm

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  13. Rebekah Inspires on June 23, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Hey do you have any tips on training a rat that’s hearing impaired and has poorer eye sight from having red eyes? I know she can hear really loud sounds but she doesn’t respond to her name and she used to come me when I would call her name but she doesn’t anymore . She’s also a bit shy and timid but once she’s out of the cage and exploring it’s hard to get her attention. Just wondering if anyone has any experience in hearing impaired rats and how to train them?

  14. Heather Taylor on June 23, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    You’re my hero ☺ I’m excited to start training my new girls.

  15. prince on June 23, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you 💛 this is really helpful for me ☺️

  16. Dongjun Lee on June 23, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    What do you feed your rat?

  17. yikes forever ;P on June 23, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    I give my rats yogurt on my fingers and on a spoon and they bite the spoon but not my fingers

  18. rozemarijn ploeger on June 23, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    This was incredibly helpful, thank you so much!

  19. Natty Och on June 23, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Im sad i have adult rats two girlies and they dont want treat they want me..They always jump on me :(I cant train them ..:(

  20. Laura Norvell on June 23, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    How can I get my rats to use their excercise wheel

  21. Sophia Fox on June 23, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for finally pushing me over the edge! I was debating in getting another hamster- nope! Would have been to sad because of the death of my other one. I also debated on a snake or bearded dragon- nope! I don’t want to be 30 and still have a pet to take care of. Rat- yep! Clean, happy, ADORABLE, friendly, smart, and (mostly) cuddly! Thanks!

  22. AngelofGrace96 on June 23, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    when you say plain youghurt, do you mean greek yogurt, or breakfast yougurt with no specific flavours added?

  23. Cloverde 1419 on June 23, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    My mouse can learn this tricks?

  24. МИР КРЫС и КРЫСЯТ on June 23, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Super 😘❤️

  25. Stefan Jansen van Vuuren on June 23, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    i love your video .thank you so much you are great .we are getting our first rat babies next week .cant wait to try your tricks .I’m going to name one shadow aswell

  26. Jesus Loves You on June 23, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Hey so my rat Pluto is very boney and he eats a lot and he is breathing very heavily. What do i do?? I really need help

  27. Nookerdog on June 23, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    What a great training video for ALL species, not only rats! I’m a certified dog obedience instructor and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a concise explanation of those three training methods. Well done!! Your ratties looks so happy!!!!

  28. WaitingforDarkness1982 on June 23, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    its real good stuff and advice but my rats are like really stubborn. i could only get out like a small fraction of neet tricks from my guys, and they are lazy.

  29. VerisaurusRex on June 23, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Ah I don’t mean this in a bad way at all, but I think wheels were bad for rats spines unless they can run with their tail and back straight 💕

    Edit: I was very wrong, I hope this doesn’t spread any further misinformation, please read Shadow The Rat’s reply!

  30. Evie May on June 23, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I got three girls a few days ago and they are already coming right out and climbing all over me, they are 3 months and I feel like a certain one will be so good to train as she is very engaged with her surroundings

  31. Lottie Renwick on June 23, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    I love rats so so much even we have a hamster well two of the hamster s dieed

  32. Shendara al Shedir on June 23, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Young lady your devotion and time spent with your little babies is inspiring!!
    I was born in 1960, Year Of The Rat, but am not nearly as cute as your sweet little angels!
    I had just 2 rats in my adult life, after moving into an apartment. I didn’t have them at the same time. I was beyond devasted when my first boy D’Artangnon died. A few years later when my 2nd baby Ceasar died, l just could not do it again. I have buried many dogs & cats in my 61 years, and l can say that burying a tiny rat was NO different. The pain was unbearable.
    It sickens me how these super intelligent, clean, gentle, sweet natured, loving, affectionate, loyal little Animals are soooo maligned, and worse, what we do to them in the name of "science"…🤬😡😠 As well as other innocent defenseless Animals.
    I spoke to alot of parents with questions & l said l highly recommended Rats for children. You know kids won’t keep up with a litterbox or daily dog walks. Rats like a regularly cleaned environment, a quick warm bath, & a leash if you want to romp in the grass, but for kids to learn some form of responsibility, Rats are soooo low maintenance, yet their rewards are the hugest. And with all the joy & companionship of a dog or cat. A loyal little friend they can carry pretty much anywhere!!👍🏻 What is not to love??🤷
    Bless you and each of your precious little waifs, they are beyond adorable!! May they each live the longest happiest healthiest lives and leave you with joyful precious memories, as my little Gentlemen did for me.

  33. Daniel Yilek on June 23, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    I wish my rats were nice enough to train, instead they just scream at me and diarrhea all over the floor, it seems all my rats do is piss me off, they don’t eat treats, they’ve been to a vet, nothing is wrong with them that’s causing any of this, but they’re just horrendous, I wish I had rats that would let me bond with them

  34. Shadow The Rat on June 23, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Happy training! Check out the links below for tutorials on how to train some fun tricks!

    Link to 10 fun and easy tricks to train your rats:

    Link to 101 tricks to train your rats:

  35. Гриня Ninja on June 23, 2022 at 8:09 pm


  36. I once killed A man with my shoe on June 23, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    This is so helpful for training my rats, thank you so much

  37. Destyne Frederiksen on June 23, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    My girls loveeee broccoli 🥦

  38. Jaylyn Price on June 23, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    can I train my 1 yo rat successfully?

  39. CRAZY 999 on June 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    How to trains pet my rat is red eyes tell me plz and

  40. Itachi Uchiha on June 23, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    So, I got the rat I wanted. But he got hurt and really sick after 2 weeks of having him. I did everything right. He was not that old ether. He was fed 2 times a day morning and night I changed his water daily changed his bedding 2 times a week. And he died. He was really young and he was such a good boy. He had really big cages too. I would take him out daily and hold him for hours at a time. I just don’t know what I did wrong. It could have been my parents because they didn’t let me get 2 even tho I did my best to convince them. But I don’t know. Any suggestions on things I could do better for the next rat? I feel so bad for him and I don’t want it to happen again.

  41. SouLTricK on June 23, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    love rats and all rodents

  42. modelmanmark on June 23, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Hi and great video’s. we will be using your training tutorials a lot shortly once we get our 2 baby rats.
    With regards to training is there much difference between males and females in learning time and trick skills?

  43. Ratlover200 on June 23, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    I love small animals like rats,hamsters, and gerbils

  44. Amber Mazan on June 23, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Rats can READ? I have been researching rats for a bit now hoping to get a few as ESAs, and I had NO IDEA they could read.

  45. August Paswaters on June 23, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Tried this and both my rat bit me lmaoo rn I’m hearing the spoon part

  46. Elizabeth Cox on June 23, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Do both genders enjoy trick training?

  47. Leah Koo on June 23, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Love this video SO MUCH. Thank you! I have three 4 month old female ratties, and I really want to teach them tricks. I’ve been looking for a video like this for a while. It’s perfect! I’m using the cap to a Gerber baby food jar as a clicker. I want to train one of my rats at a time, but everyone expects a treat when I click the clicker. How do I train only one at a time? Should I use the clicker or something else? Is it possible for only one rat to hear the clicker at a time? Thanks!

  48. Тоня Марчук on June 23, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    thank you ! it’s realy helpful for me.

  49. saltandpepper on June 23, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    This is amazing thank you so much! Certainly help my three naughty girls!

  50. CRAZY 999 on June 23, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    I think my rat are not enjing what I have to do

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