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Old 07-05-2017, 12:12 AM   #1
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Question tips on taming this specific hammy?

she is already kinda nice? she will take food from my hand, but only the tips of my fingers, cause she can it there. If it's not there, distracting her, she'll run on her wheel. So its not that shes skittish. It's that she won't stop running on her wheel! Should I take it out when trying to treat tame her, or should I just.. . distract her from running on the wheel so she notices the treats in my hand ??
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: tips on taming this specific hammy?

How long have you had her & what taming steps have you taken so far?
Running on the wheel like that is often a sign that they are still nervous, you might do better to take her out & try interacting with her in a safe place outside the cage, either the bath (towel in the bottom & plug in!) or a playpen, give her toys to explore & a little time to settle down before introducing your hand for brief periods, lie your hand down flat with treats on your palm or try gently stroking her back.
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:39 AM   #3
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Default Re: tips on taming this specific hammy?

This is the advice I always give, so I'll just copy and paste it below. For taming, you will want to do it out of the cage in a taming box, rather than in the cage

Just wanted to share my experience which has been gained from taming 8 hamsters (though I appreciate that won't seem like a lot compared to many members here!). By taking the following steps, most hamsters will be very tame within a week, usually less. For a more tricky hamster, I'd imagine it may take a number of weeks, however it should still work. It does require patience and persistence, but if you want a tame hamster then your efforts will pay off.

First, you will need a medium sized box with no lid. In a large playpen or bath, most hamsters will be much more difficult to catch and more likely to run from you. I'm not saying you shouldn't offer a playpen for exercise, but taming sessions tend to be more successful in a smaller container. The plastic box I use is 56cm X 40cm X 30cm.

Something like this would work:

Really Useful Box Stackable Storage Box 35 L 480 x 390 x 310 mm Clear | Staples®

Now, what you want to do is put your hamster into this taming box for about 15 minutes at a time. Put your hands in and stroke them - they will skitter away or bend their back downwards at first, but keep going as eventually this behaviour will stop as they realises that stroking won't hurt them. Herd the hamster into a corner and cup your hands around them. Scoop them into your cupped hands, without letting them leave the floor as they WILL jump. At this stage, do not grab them and try to pick them up all the way off the floor. What you what to do, is to force them to come into contact with your hand, ideally to run over it. At first, they will probably jump over your hand to "freedom" as best they can, but don't be disheartened. Eventually, they will get used to your hands being in there and will walk off them, rather than jumping. Be warned: this may take quite a few sessions.

The next stage is that they will slow down so you will be able to hold the hamster in your hands a few cenimeters from the floor of the taming box and have them walk from one to the other. With time, they will be so used to you that they will be following your hands around the box, trying to climb your arms to freedom!

If you are having difficulty getting your hamster to walk over your hands, lay a cup on its side in the box. When they climbs inside it, pick the cup a few cm off the floor and make a bridge down with your hand, so they have to climb over your hand to get down. Then, repeat repeat repeat. The main aim here is to get the hamster used to being ON your hand, even if only for a second. Once they learns that it is not a scary thing, and you won't hurt them, you will be able to get him to walk on your hands, or even sit in them.

I use the taming box twice a day for 15-20 minutes at a time. Once in the morning, once in the evening (though I appreciate you may not want to get up that early just to be around when your hamster is, so once a day is fine too). It will not seem like you are making any progress at first, but within a few days they should start to calm down and you will see a big change. I tend to find that for a few days there are no changes, but suddenly one day you will see a big difference all at once.

You can transport your hamster to and from the taming box in a cup or a hamster ball, if you have one.
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