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    Critter/Ferret Nation Out of Stock Everywhere?

    I just bought a Critter Nation off Ferret.com...It said it was backordered but arrived in a week anyhow
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    2014 West Coast MCBA Show

    Congratulations Ryan! Your chinchillas are gorgeous! Thank you big time Sue and Claire and Sue's husband for all your work. Brenda our judge was fantastic. I loved finally meeting you! It was a fun show. It was great seeing everyone. Thanks Christine for bringing all the goods and being a great...
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    2014 West Coast MCBA Show

    Anyone is welcome. The show starts around 10am and goes until finished, with a break for lunch in there too. How long it lasts just depends on how many animals there are. There will also be a raffle, animals for sale, and some wonderful toys and cage accessories from Christine for sale. Hope to...
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    2014 West Coast MCBA Show

    Less than one month until show time! If anyone has raffle donations, please be sure to bring them. If you aren't coming but still have something to donate, let me know so we can arrange to get your item to the show. Raffle items do not have to be chinchilla related. We've had towel/pot holder...
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    Clicker Training Journal

    Sorry for the delay...I took a hard fall in agility practice. Nothing serious, but sitting on the floor was not something I wanted to do for a while. Still have bruised knees, but all else is well now. The chins seem to have retained what they learned, despite the two week break...
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    Clicker Training Journal

    LESSON #3: Adding the Cue OBJECTIVES: the noise the human makes means something 'SIT UP' means lift your two front paws two front paws off the floor earns a click click=treat The only difference here is now I'm using words. In Lesson 1 and 2, I was silent and just waited for the desired...
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    Clicker Training Journal

    Lesson #2 (cont.) Rolled oats again for today's treat. GIRDY: B Girdy started out great with several good clicks for two front paws up. Then distraction came. The cat decided to come watch. She won't hurt the chinchillas...quite the opposite. Girdy likes to chase her. So Girdy spent a while...
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    Clicker Training Journal

    Lesson #2 (cont.) Today we switched to rolled oats for a treat. Mixed results. LINA: A+ This girl is really focused and smart. I've made far more progress than I expected to with her at this point. When she hears the click, she automatically looks to me for her treat. She started offering me...
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    Clicker Training Journal

    LESSON #2: Click means I did something right and I get a treat OBJECTIVES: Click=Treat My behavior earns a click Front paws off the floor earns a click In this lesson, the goal is to get the chinchilla to begin understanding that it is their own behavior that earns the click and gets them a...
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    Clicker Training Journal

    LESSON #1: CLICK = TREAT OBJECTIVES: The clicker is not scary. The human has yummy treats. When you hear the click, you get a yummy treat. For this, I needed to start with a high value treat. I decided on raisins. No, they are not the most healthy treat, but for the first lesson, I needed a...
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    Clicker Training Journal

    This crazy chinchilla lady has finally lost it...or so some people seem to think. :tease: I have decided to clicker train a few of my chinchillas. I intend to use this thread as a training journal/blog so the other crazy chinchilla people here can follow along. Maybe some of you will be inspired...
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    What are the signs of old age?

    Calpurnia is 16 yrs old (give or take). She's been with me for 11 years and was a ranch chin prior to that. If anything, she's gotten younger. She didn't used to like to run around for playtime. She'd just sit on my lap and hide her head by my arm. The past couple of years though, I can't hardly...
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    Baby Cricket

    Baby #2 for 2013 is Cassia, born May 12th to Goliath and Katniss. This little girl rarely holds still. I think she's going to be built like her dad, heavy and round. And an updated pic of Cricket...
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    2013 West Coast MCBA Show

    She didn't say. Just a Black Velvet.
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    2013 West Coast MCBA Show

    Do any of the WA folks have a Black Velvet available? Bob Gunning's granddaughter is looking.
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    2013 West Coast MCBA Show

    Joann, Jerry, and Casey - We missed you! Hope you can come next year. It was a great show. The Bradford's were awesome judges. I loved hearing all their stories and about their follies when they were first starting out in chinchillas. I learned a lot and had a great time. The raffle was...
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    Baby colors

    Whites can continue to change colors throughout their lives. Most that I've had that are born with color/markings similar to your baby get lighter, then darker again around 8-12 months, then lighten up yet again as they age (2-4 years). Of course nearly all my whites have been from the same...
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    2013 West Coast MCBA Show

    Will you be at the show? You can just bring it with you. Otherwise, PM me and we'll work out how to get it there. Thank you!
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    2013 West Coast MCBA Show

    I'm excited...just one more week to go! :hug2: I can't wait to see everybody again. Don't forget to bring those raffle donations! I've got my raffle donation almost ready and the chinnies have been dusting and are pre-groomed. I don't have many chins these days, but I'm bringing three to show...
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    Baby Cricket

    Thank you! He is a sweetie.
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