Awesome, Amazing Rat Tricks

Watch Part 2:

A short video showcasing a handful of incredible rat tricks performed by my five talented rats:

Suki (Brown Agouti Berkshire Dumbo Rat)
Famous (Pink-Eyed Himalayan Top-Eared Rat)
Raven (Black Variegated Berkshire Dumbo Rat)
Shadow (Black Mismarked Irish Top-Eared Rat)
Paris (Russian Blue Berkshire Dumbo Rat)

All tricks are taught with positive reinforcement and clicker training.

Most of the tricks in this video are performed by Suki, Famous, Raven, and Shadow, since Paris had undergone surgery during the time this video was filmed. You can read about her surgery on my blog:

I have included footage of a few of her tricks that were filmed prior to her surgery, however she has many other impressive tricks up her sleeve that I haven’t yet filmed. Stay tuned for another upcoming video that will include more of Paris’ (and the other rats’) amazing tricks!

I hope you all enjoy. 🙂
– NanaBorderCollie

My rats are available for print ads, commercials, film, and other media work. If you are interested in using one or more of them for your project, please contact us:

Credit to talented rat trainer, Abby Roeser, for a couple of the trick ideas:

Music by Josh Woodward:

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Note to viewers: The cage shown briefly in this video is not their cage. They reside in a huge multi-level mansion, though I have them out much of the time.

Additional note: My rats are trained animal actors for media work and so it is crucial that they are able to perform outside and in foreign environments. As a professional wildlife educator and a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, I am well aware of the various wildlife species that inhabit the area. Fortunately, rat-feeding birds (esp. raptors/birds of prey) are very scarce due to my area being an extremely poor food source; of course I still exercise caution and remain vigilant nonetheless. Never once have I witnessed any animal species, birds of prey or other, watching my rats or even being present when they are out.
I would never, ever do anything that could potentially endanger my animals. They are priceless, dearly loved family members and their safety is of paramount importance.

I LOVE my ratties! 🙂


Yvonne says:

Those rats are doing agility! THAT'S AMAZING!

A, Tahboub says:

you are amazing you should writea book

Mayhem & Gorgoroth says:

wow smart rats wonder how she taught them all that

TeamFlareon101 says:

Guys, rats aren't gross. They are the most smart out of all small rodents. They are also very social, and love playtime! They are very sweet, smart rodents! They are not monsters, please understand!

Nightcore Fan says:

I'm trying real hard for my dad to get two rats. I did a lot of research on them and I am a good kid so I hope he will get me one. He thinks they are nasty but however much I tell him they aren't he doesn't believe me 🙁

HeyItzMorgz AndTheo says:

Awww I don't get it how some people think rats are disgusting! There cute and adorable

Kittengamer 01 says:

And to think four of the five rats in this video have passed

Jordan Ross says:


sad trash says:

This was so utterly fun to watch, and I hope one day I could train Gir and Zim, my new 6 week old baby rats that I got yesterday, to do some of these wonderful tricks! Not only is it good for the critters, but it can also be good for their owners, as it requires you to spend time with your fur babes. I can tell how much you love them, which is great. I absolutely love this, keep up the great work.

A Majestic Goose says:

I had two rats when I was a kid and they lived to be 3 and 4, the only reason I don't what to get any more is that you don't get to be with them for long enough

King Corvinius says:

At a wedding "The Rings please!" rats bring rings and put on wedding rings for the husband and wife. "Now I pronouce you" *rat holds up sign that says Husband and Wife That Would Be Epic

DaRk KiTtEn :D says:

Hey nana! I love your rat videos! Famous is probably my favorite rat.

Angelica Miller says:

I bet Famous is very Famouse among the rat community 😉

Nitesh Rai says:

this was one of the best video…I ever seen in youtue……..

Sarah Bagwan says:

removing all rat poison and replacing with harmless cages around my house Oh my god, I knew rats were smart but I'm amazed, Damn, keep it up !!!

trinity sims says:

These videos make me want some even more then I already do. Their so cute and smart.

XxBurnit withfirexX says:

I showed this video to my rats and asked "why can't you be like them?" They were not impressed. Seriously talented ratties you have there!!!

Timmer Ratajczyk says:

Thoroughly impressed.

Lisbeth Longstocking says:

This is an absolutely incredible example of how beautifully positive reinforcement can work. I would like two rats. One day!

M M says:

best thing I've seen all day

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