How to Train Your Dwarf Hamsters

The dwarf hamster was first domesticated in 1930, and quickly gained popularity as a house pet. Due to their small size, they make great pets for just about everyone, particularly where space is limited. Because of their natural tendency to avoid predators by day, dwarf hamsters burrow themselves during daylight hours; therefore, training is best attempted after dusk. When ignored, dwarf hamsters become mistrustful. Frequent attention is important for successful training.

How to Train Your Dwarf Hamster to Approach

Step 1

Wash your hands to rid of food scents before reaching into your dwarf hamster’s cage.

Step 2

Reach into the cage slowly. Hold your hand still while your dwarf hamster approaches it.

Step 3

Speak in a soothing manner while your hamster sniffs your hand. Do this a few times each night; soon he will no longer be frightened by your scent, and the trust between hamster and human begins.

How to Train Your Dwarf Hamster to Sit on Your Hand

Step 1

Train your dwarf hamster to sit in the palm of your hand by offering a special treat, such as a strawberry. Place a small piece of strawberry in the palm of your hand and move slowly toward him.

Step 2

After a few attempts, your hamster should walk onto the palm of your hand to eat. While he is eating the strawberry, gently stroke his fur.

Step 3

When your hamster appears anxious, put him back in the cage.

Do not place the uneaten portion of the strawberry in the cage; it is meant as a reward for sitting on your hand.

Training Your Dwarf Hamster for Bathtub Play

Step 1

Allow your dwarf hamster to receive exercise by scampering in a dry bathtub each evening; be sure the drain is covered.

Step 2

Place a few toys and hiding tubes from the hamster’s cage into the bathtub.

Step 3

After two or three bathtub play times, place your hands or feet into the tub, allowing your hamster to walk over them to encourage further trust for the training process.

They are cute, they are smart, they are amazing little creatures, however, hamsters are grouchy when their sleep is disturbed. Never disturb a sleeping dwarf hamster, unless you are prepared to be bitten!

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