How to Train a Pet Mouse? 5 Tips for Mouse Trainers

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Did you know that you can teach your pet mouse some cool tricks? Yes, you can, just with some persistence and consistency.

Your pet mouse might be more intelligent than you might think. If you persist with the training long enough, the pet mouse might be able to learn some new tricks. We all know that we can teach cats or dogs tricks, but not many people know about teaching mice tricks.

How about teaching your mouse to spin around to get the treat? Or you want them to give you their paw before you give them that treat? You can do it easily; you’ll just need to repeat it for long enough that your mouse gets used to the movements naturally.

You’ll need some treats to keep the mouse interested though, as they are unlikely to do tricks without some encouragement.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some tips and tricks of how to teach your pet mouse some cool tricks.

5 Tips to Train Your Pet Mouse Tricks

To make the teaching easier, here are some 5 useful tips to train your pet mouse tricks.

Tip #1: Build up Trust

First of all, you’ll need your mouse to trust you completely before you start teaching it tricks. If it doesn’t trust you, it just won’t learn the tricks, and it won’t even interact with you. If the pet mouse is new to your household, then it’s highly unlikely that it will learn the tricks.

Make the mouse comfortable with you. If the mouse doesn’t trust you, it will show that by biting you when you try to handle it or interact with it. Also, the mouse won’t learn the tricks if it doesn’t trust you.

Tip #2: Give Your Mouse Treats

Yes, teaching the mouse tricks without treats is almost impossible. Make sure you stock up on treats before you start teaching them tricks. You can purchase treats for rodents or for mice specifically from your local pet shop. Or you can decide to go healthier and make the treats yourself.

The best treats that you can make at home are various fruits and vegetables like broccoli or kale, while they also like strawberries and grapes a lot. Consider cooked pasta, they are crazy about it. Just cut it up in pieces. Cereals, boiled eggs, or even mealworms are great alternatives.

Tip #3: Be Consistent!

Consistency is key to the mouse trick training. You’ll have to be determined with your goal, as your mouse won’t learn the new tricks overnight. It’s recommended to do the training every day for at least 30 minutes.

The mice will like it when you interact with them, and they like treats, of course. But don’t overfeed them with treats, though! Keep the training short, but make sure you do it on a daily basis. Despite the fact that mice are quite intelligent, you’ll need to do it daily for them to memorize the movements.

Tip #4: Use the Same Teaching Method

You’ll also need to stay consistent with your teaching methods. If you switch up the exercises or training every day, it will be very ineffective. Instead, keep training the mice the same movements every day, which will make them memorize the training much better.

Also, make sure the mice training is not too complicated, and that you don’t try to learn it more tricks at the same time. Pick one or two exercises, teach them every day, and stay consistent with it. After a couple of weeks, you should start to see results.

Tip #5: Be Patient

Remember to remain patient, even if the mouse is not picking up the tricks that fast. It takes a few weeks to start and see the results, which can be frustrating for some. Don’t expect the mouse to learn everything overnight.

Staying consistent for several weeks (2-3 weeks) will make the training much better, and you’ll start to see the results. Be patient, the tricks will come naturally once the mouse is comfortable with all the movements. Just like everyone needs time to learn new things.

10 Cool Tricks to Teach Your Pet Mouse

Are you without ideas about new tricks to learn your mouse? Here are some of the best tricks that you can try to teach your pet mouse. They are simple and easy to learn; you’ll need to practice them daily.

1. Spin

Want to teach your mouse to spin around? Simple! Just use a treat and spin it around your mouse, and you’ll start to see it move around in circles, chasing the treat. Repeat it several times to see results.

2. Paw

Not only your dog can give you their paw. It turns out that the mice are also capable of doing that! Just use a treat to lure the mouse on its rear legs, and put your finger on its paw when you feed it. Do it several times to see the result.

3. Come

Want to teach your mouse to come to you? Simple, just pick a sound that will lure the mouse to you, and use a treat to lure it. After a while, the mouse will come to you when you do the sound alone.

4. Target

A cool trick to teach your mouse. Place an object before them, and make them follow it by offering a treat. After a while, the mouse will follow the object where it goes.

5. Jump Through the Hoop

You can make your mouse follow through the hoop by putting the treat through it. The mouse will follow the treat, also when you raise the hoop.

6. Jump to Hand

You can make your mouse jump to your hand, just with a little encouragement. Have a treat in your hand, and invite the mouse to jump. The more it trusts you, the more complicated tricks it’ll do.

7. Backup

Make the mouse go back before you give it a treat.

8. Pull a String

You can teach your mouse to pull a string with a toy at the end of it.

9. Fetch

Not only dogs can fetch, but mice can do that as well! Throw a toy out, which should be a ball, and the mouse will fetch it. Once it does, reward it handsomely.

10. Basketball

Arguably the coolest trick. Teach your mouse to put the ball into the basket.

Here’s a quick video showing you how to teach your mouse these tricks.

Conclusion

Mice are interesting animals, capable of much more than you think. You can teach them various tricks that they’ll learn with just some encouragement and persistence.

avatar I’m Peter King, writer and editor of this blog. I’m a lifelong animal advocate and volunteer at the Animal Rescue League. On this blog I help people learn about pet mice. As a responsible pet owner, you should learn about your pet’s need before getting it. If you have any question or need help, please leave your comment below.

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