- 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: #1,366,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Training Your Pet Hamster Paperback – November 17, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a bad book for the price. I didn't care for the stickers on the inside of the back cover because this was a gift, but my niece enjoyed the book anyway.Published on April 24, 2014 by Beanie
I have a number of hamsters, Syrian and dwarf breeds. The more information I have, the better it is for them.Published on April 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It was an OK book. It was fun to try some of these things, but I really don't think you can train hamsters.Published on March 31, 2014 by Wes Thompson
I read some every night to my daughter so we can understand her new pet more. This book is to the point and very informative.Published on January 14, 2013 by C. A. Lensi
The training your hamster book was very beneficial . It arrived in good shape on time and we are very pleased with it Thanks! grandmaPublished on May 28, 2012 by grandma
I am a soon-to-be hamster owner and I found this book at PetSmart.
It is SO informational and also is easy to read for kids over 10. The color pictures are amazingly good. Read more