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Training Your Pet Hamster Paperback – November 17, 2002

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Product Details

  • Series: Training Your Pet
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; English Language edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764120131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764120138
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Reyer on November 9, 2003
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This is a pretty standard hamster care book. The writing style often gets a bit insipid, but the information is gotten out.
For beginners, they'll get basic information.
The title is misleading as hamster training isn't the focus of the book. There is a little on the idea of clicker training and conditioned response, but this part is very thin.
In fact the book goes more in depth on the author's personal preferences for cages. They laud Crittertrail and SAM set-ups glossing over the cons of using these types (like these are easy for a Hamster to escape from), while presenting very minor disadvantages as major ones in other set-ups like 10 gallon aquariums (like cleaning it)or wire cages (can't use tubes). I'm afraid that having to take a bit of effort to hose a cage down, or providing alternative tunnelling toys are nothing compared to ESCAPING!
They do not mention how much cage room a hamster actually needs. If they had this would discount their favorite cages.
Still, that would only make this a 4-star book and I gave it 3.
This is because when going over the information for choosing a hamster, they don't have their priorities straight. When talking about going to a breeder they list that breeders have breeds and coat colors not available at pet shops as the first reason. Then almost as an afterthought tag on a sentence that the hamsters would be hand tamed and used to humans.
As someone who appreciates an animal for themselves this kind of attitude is extremely elitist and snobby. As if an animal's worth is only in its looks and the joy in having it is to show off that rare color or breed.
In addition, much of what is said is taken off verbatim from various Internet sites.
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This is a good comprehensive guide for the beginning hamster owner. It has no information on breeding and its writing will be beyond the abilities of small children (the ASPCA guides published in conjuction with DK books are better for children). The book focuses on your interaction with your hamster albeit it does also provide all the usual information in selecting and housing the little fellows. I gave it four stars since it's not an all-encompassing tome on hamsters and it's a little weak in the area of dwarf hamsters. As a pet-owners guidebook for Syrian hamsters, it's pretty much all that you'll need. The chapters are: 1.Pre-Pet Preparations, 2. Hamster-Hunting Homework, 3. Teach you hamster to welcome your touch, 4. Knock, knock, who's there? 5. Can hamsters be trained not to gnaw? 6. Potty training, 7. Make the cage a hamster heaven, 8. Out to the playground for recess? 9. Practice sessions in the play place, 10. Leash walking, 11. Roll-around balls, 12. Fun time, 13. The traveling hamster, 14. Handy hints, 15. Making the grade.
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This book is easy and quick to read with great pictures, pro tips and activities! I had no idea so much training could go into loving a hamster. Lots of good information, history and thorough explanation. These little critters are actually quite remarkable for such a short lifespan. This book will teach you how to enhance, and maximize, your time together.
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I bought this book for my 8 year old daughter to read and learn about her new hamster. It is full of information, but not so much that it is overwhelming. It has been helpful for both her and me. I think next we're going to try the potty training chapter!
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By A Customer on January 20, 2004
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I would have given the book a lower rating but it was only bad because it was so bland. The author assumes that the reader is a seven-year-old and about 20% of the book is baby-talk. It doesn't go into much detail about training. In fact, "The Hamster Handbook" by Patricia Bartlett (also sold at amazon) goes into as much detail about training a hamster. This book doesn't include much other information about hamsters other than obvious things and is mostly vague. I don't recommend this book, but highly recommend "the Hamster Handbook."
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This book is great,in it is easy steps for taking care of your new pet. I've already taken advantage of the Run, run, run away section. It helped find my little "escape artist" without a lot of drama!!
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I purchased this book because I always enjoyed hamster. I wanted to get a better understanding of these awesome little guys. So far I have had 3 short hair, 1 teddy bear, and 1 dwarf hamster. They all lived over 2 years old which is a great amount of time for hamster. Each one was very different, after having 2 short hair i decided I wanted to do more research and see how I can better understand these animals.

This is a great book for someone who wants to get information on how to maintain your hamster, from food, interaction, and even care for the animal go into details. They even give you history on the different types of hamster. I have had all types but I prefer the short hair. Also make sure you get them as young as you can since getting them when they are older will be harder to train.

If you have any questions regarding Hamster you can always contact me. Hope this helps.
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I keep getting nagged for a review, so here's what I got for ya. Bought my kids a hamster then went in search for a book for them. Found this book and got a great deal on it. My kids 8 & 11 yrs old really like it. So, I'm gonna take their word for it.
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