Training Your Pet Hamster

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Barron's Training Your Pet books feature advice on managing behavior problems, tips for hassle-free travel with a pet, and suggestions for games owners can teach their pets to play. This book's subjects are hamsters, playful little animals that are favored by many children. Topics include--
  • Correct handling, and getting the hamster to welcome its owner's touch
  • Equipment and...
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Overview


Barron's Training Your Pet books feature advice on managing behavior problems, tips for hassle-free travel with a pet, and suggestions for games owners can teach their pets to play. This book's subjects are hamsters, playful little animals that are favored by many children. Topics include--
  • Correct handling, and getting the hamster to welcome its owner's touch
  • Equipment and cage toys suited for hamsters
  • Advice on nutritious feeding and health care, and much more

Readers will find attractive color photos on most pages.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438000053
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Training Your Pet Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 784,230
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction viii

1 Choosing a Hamster Home 1

Before you buy 1

A happy home 1

Hamster habitats 2

Wire cages 4

Aquariums 6

Clear storage boxes 7

Add-ons 8

Location 9

Shelve it 10

Cleaning considerations 11

2 Pre-Pet Preparations 13

Bedding do's and don'ts 13

Comfy stuff for the sleep house 16

Picking a potty 17

Hamster nutrition 17

Bottles and bowls 20

Veterinarian visits 21

3 Picking Out Your Pet(s) 23

Choosing a trainee 23

Evening is the best time to choose your pupil(s) 23

Does the species make a difference? 24

One or more? 27

Male or female? 28

Young or old? 28

Pick a happy, healthy hamster 29

4 Handling Your Hamster 31

Hamsters can be afraid of people 31

Early education is best 31

Homecoming hints 32

DO NOT DISTURB 34

Handling how-to 35

Beware of heights 37

Family focus 38

After handling 39

5 Knock, Knock, Who's There? 41

You called? 41

Conditioned response 41

The trick is in the treat 42

Choosing a sound 44

The plan of action 44

Repeat, repeat, repeat 45

6 Can Hamsters Be Trained Not to Gnaw? 47

Hamsters need to gnaw 47

Favorite targets 47

Plastic-cage headaches… and solutions 48

Hamster teething treats 50

7 Potty Training 53

Why bother? 53

A natural instinct 53

The right equipment 53

Getting down to business 55

Bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen? 55

The uncooperative hamster 56

8 Make the Cage a Hamster Heaven 59

Phys. Ed… Your hamster needs a daily workout 59

Running on a hamster wheel 60

Banish boredom 62

Rearranging the-furniture… or not? 62

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