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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-23-2010, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Question Agility? Training?

So I got to see our new baby (won't have him for a lil over a month yet) (I would post pics, but need the 20 post count sadly)

But then after someone on another forum I go to posted about all sorts of animals and doing agillity training stuff... It got me wondering...

I would assume the mental/physical health benefits of doing this kind of thing would be good (increased activity and mental stimulation)

So...

Is it possible to train chins to do some form of agillity training?

If so, how do you go about it? Does anyone know a site that could help?

Also, I would assume you wait until after you've bonded, but would there be an age most appropriate? I would assume not too young to avoid injury or at least choosing age appropriate things to do (like a baby just doing the tube thing)

Any ideas? I have a ton of cardboard and after seeing a mouse agility course that was amazing, I thought it could work. After all, the board could be secured enough but still its light enough to not hurt if it fell....

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No, I do not think it would be possible. You can train a chinchilla to come when you are calling it and other little things. But they are still very wild animals, and have their own will. The best stimulation is to let the chinchilla run around out side of the cage, and just let it burn off some energy

They are quite intelligent though, so if you get your chin to understand what a clicker means, you may be able to train him.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-24-2010, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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I guess the way I really mean is if you could teach them to use the kinds of things for agility training. Not to actually train them 'do this' but kinda show them the way?

Hrm. Any which way, I'm still very excited about my boy lol

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oh wouldn't that be soo coool.... hahaha

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Chins are very smart and if they wanted to do some sort of course they will...if they don't they will stand on top of it and look at you like you are crazy...one time it took cardboard boxes and set up a little maze area in my room and my chin would only go far enough in that she could see the entrance and return...eventually she just jumped back into my lap... 8)


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-31-2010, 09:36 AM
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can you actually train a chin to come on command?
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