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I've been trying to train Mimzy to go inside her cage every time I say "Go night night". I have a clicker and have been using that but she doesn't seem to be catching on at all and I'm wondering if she's just going through her teen stage which is making her too distracted?
Basically, I hold the clicker in one hand and for the other, I hold a treat & point inside her cage (with my hand in her cage) & say "Go night night" if she sees the treat or smells it, she will step in the cage to get it but right after getting the treat, she binkies and runs off to chew her pen. So I'm constantly trying to get her attention! hehe. She's 4 mos right now, I'm wondering if it's because she's going through hormonal things and "teen" that she's getting distracted so easily? Has anyone tried this type of training? & if so, how did you do it?
^ Ditto everything!
I have limited exprience clicker training rabbits (Up to recently I have only worked with dogs)...
But you may also find it helpful to first teach her to target (touch her nose to) a target stick. You can buy official target sticks ( I have a Click Stick - clicker is part of the stick), but yard stlicks, wooden dowls, and even long handled wooden spoons work just fine.
To do this you would just sit down hold the stick and click and treat every time your bun touches it. They do generally catch on pretty fast. Once she is fairly relaible you can try having her target the stick while you stand. Then start having her follow the stick. Click first for one step, then 2, then 3, etc. You could even start teach her to spin at this point.
Finally you could use the stick to move her into her cage for the night. Once she is readily following the stick into the cage, you can put it on cue. To do this give the cue (Point and say "Go night, night) first then present the target stick. It will likely take some time for her to really make the connection but eventually you should see her start moving to the cage when you give the cue, before you even pull out the stick.