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An excellent all-round guide
on 25 August 2010
I have to disagree with the other review about this book being too complicated and all about making mazes, etc. I wanted a general guide to training to help me teach my rats some basic commands, for example, coming to call, using their litter tray, not biting, moving away from the cage door when I shut it, etc. I was also interested in keeping them stimulated, so teaching them tricks to keep their minds and bodies active. From what I've read previously, this is really important for rats and it helps prolong their lives.
I definitely feel I got what I wanted from this book. It's really interesting and has lots of information about research done in the USA using rats (mostly students doing animal behaviour degress and using rats to understand how animals learn/remember).
I've only had the book a couple of weeks so haven't progressed very far with the training yet, but I have found the instructions really clear and simple. The author often gives options and says that different rats respond differently, so you can tailor your training to your own rat.
Having looked at the limited range of rat training books available, I definitely feel this was the best option. If you don't want to get too advanced with your training, I would still recommend getting this book. It's a good read for rat-owners and you can take what you want from it, and leave out the bits you're not interested in. And if you do want to do loads of training and progress, then it's ideal and gives lots of ideas for sessions as well as actual training aids (such as jumps and toys) you can buy or make.