Discovering that you can actually teach your chilli to do chinchilla tricks can be one of the most exciting aspects of owning these adorable little creatures. It’s easy to think of them sort of like a rabbit. In fact, they are related to rats and mice. Being in the rodent family, they can be somewhat easily trained. Realizing this is the start of putting together a fun array of chinchilla tricks. They have a good memory, and so it’s fairly easy for them to learn through behavioral training techniques.
Here’s an example that can help you understand just how quickly you can teach your chilli to do chinchilla tricks. You know how children respond to positive reinforcement. It’s really the same way with your pets when learning chinchilla tricks. In fact, just as positive reinforcement, or rewards for good behavior, is better for children to learn than punishment, the same is true of chillis.
Chinchillas become alarmed when scared. Moreover, they remember that sense of being frightened, which is how they are able to stay alive in the wild. When they feel threatened by something, it sticks in their memory so they can exercise caution the next time. They want to avoid these threats. For this reason, you want to be sure you do not scare your chinchilla. Likewise, you do not want to punish him for messing up when teaching chinchilla tricks. They may actually end up being trained to stay away from you. And that’s the opposite of what you want.
So, the opposite end of behavioral training is what can be used to encourage the chinchilla tricks. See, if you give them a treat, it’s sufficient to tempt them to do the same thing repeatedly. One of the first things you can do is teach them to eat from your hand. If you do this, just place the treat in your hand so that your little guy has to climb up and step into your hand a bit to get the treat.
Admittedly, teaching your chilli to eat from your hand could be considered one of the chinchilla tricks as well. It may take a bit of time before he will be comfortable enough to come on up and get the goodies. If you are still, it will help. Don’t give up and just give him or her time to get used to you. Sooner or later they will come and get it. Don’t get too excited or make too much commotion if they get close but then turn back. You also do not want to move your hand to abruptly when they are in the cage. They really don’t like to be pursued. I think it reminds them of how they get eaten in the wild!
Teaching your chilli to eat from your hand in the process of doing chinchilla tricks is beneficial as well because it helps them get used to being handled. Eventually, you’ll find that they will be willing to come out of the cage on their own, all ready to perform their regimen of chinchilla tricks. If you have the treats handy, you’ll soon be amazed at what they are capable of. People have been known to get them to jump over items for a treat. There are even people you have gotten their chilli to give them a kiss as one of their chinchilla tricks.
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