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Defiant nipping!

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:46 pm
by Sharron+Alaska
Hello!

I’m a newbie rat owner, I’ve had my two boys for about a month now. They’re called Sharron and Alaska (if you’re not a RuPaul’s dragrace fan; they’re named after two drag queens who used to date, Sharron Needles, and Alaska Thunderf**k).

I joined the forum to ask some advice, because I cannot find anybody else who seems to have this problem with their rats!

80% of time Sharon is a sweetie pie. He’s not super cuddly yet, but he’s always happy to see me, plays in my hair, thoroughly enjoys grooming my eyebrows for me, and sleeps in my hoods.
But he nips awfully! Never my skin, just my body when it’s covered by something. Like he doesn’t understand that my legs with jeans on are still my legs!
All the advice I’ve read says to make a high pitched noice and pull away, even if it doesn’t hurt, and they’ll get the picture.
That is not working!
He’s been doing this since the beginning and I’ve been trying to get him to stop for about 3 weeks.
Now he will bite me repeatedly even with me squeaking back at him. He’s not scared or aggressive when he’s doing this, it seems like he’s just exploring..is he just stupid?? The only way he will stop is if I pick him up and move him on, but he’ll just come back and nip me somewhere else.
They aren’t hard aggressive bites..but still, when you take one to the back of your knee or inside of your arm, it would make you squeal.
Any help or ideas is greatly appreciated! How do you discipline your rats when they’re naughty?