Smoky knows a few tricks I’d like to share with you.
The first one is when I tap on the floor, he saunters over (and is rewarded with a treat of course.)
The second is when I click my tongue, he hops on my lap.
We sometimes play fetch with blueberries (Though he doesn’t bring them back).
And he hops on my back and uses me as an elevator to go from the top floor of his cage to the bottom.
When I wink at him, he winks back ;).
Now I’ll help you teach these to your chinchillas.
- Go into chinchilla playtime with preferably tile or wooden floor (anything that makes a good tapping sound is fine.)
- Lay a small pile of oats or treats (not too much!) on the floor and tap next to it.
- Wait ’till he comes and eats the treat.
- Do this a few times every day until he knows that tapping means treats, and he doesn’t even need to see the treats.
- So, now, instead of having the treats on the floor, hand it to him with pinched fingers.
I give all the credit to Gabe Kahsen on his How to train Chinchillas video. That’s what I used to teach Smoky that trick.
For the clicking your tongue one, you can replace tapping with clicking. Or, if your chinchilla already knows the tapping, this way is much easier:
- Have treats in your hand, click your tongue.
- Most likely your chinchilla wont come yet, so tap three times on the floor to get his attention.
- If he comes, give him the treat and practice, but if not, keep clicking your tongue and tapping three times every couple seconds.
- Hopefully he comes, don’t give him the treat until he is on your lap (if you want). Pinch your fingers in front of his nose and lead him on your lap.
- Now you can summon him two ways! 😉
- Smoky and I don’t do this one too often, because he’s not too fond of blueberries. Anyway, have the blueberries in your hand and toss one in front of him. (More like drop it, tossing might be scary.)
- If he doesn’t investigate, pick up the blueberry and lift it to his nose so he can sniff/eat it.
- If he shows no interest, keep trying. 😉
This one came naturally to both of us, but it may not work for all chinchillas.
- If your chinchilla runs to the top of his cage during playtime, or looke down to try to get to playtime, put your back there (I know, I feel like a slave too. A proud slave, though) and he will hopefully jump on.
- Stay very silent while doing it, or repeat “elevator” so it becomes a command almost.
- If he walks on your back, slowly lower yourself until he can jump on the floor (which he probably will).
- He may not walk on your back immediately, I understand those awkward moments of just standing there. 😉
- We do this all the time! It comes very smoothly now.
- This is probably the easiest of them all.
- Your chinchillas all wink at you, right? Wink back every time.
- We go back and forth now with winking, he ususally starts it, tho I can too sometimes! 😉
WARNING: be careful with how many treats you give your chinchillas a day. Only two raisins or almonds a day, a large pinch of chamomile or oats, or dried hibiscus or rose petals work. My chinchilla is fine with blueberries, though I heard of some chinchillas who get sick with too much of these.
Do your chinchillas do any cool tricks? I would love to hear them on comments, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wink your chinchillas that Smoky says hi! 😉