TRANSPORT BOX METHOD
Because most pocket pet species are prey animals, many pocket pets are adverse to being pulled from their cages or picked up. To encourage trust and provide a sense of safety, MNPPR recommends using the transport box method to transfer your pet from one place to another. This is especially useful with new or fearful animals. Some animals will take to it immediately, while others may require a bit of coaxing and training. The transport box method words because you are building confidence and maintaining your pet's trust in you. Never force your pet into the box or grab at them, for if you do so you will lose their trust.
• A box, cuddle sack, or bed large enough to hold your pet. Consider if your pet is a flight risk and determine whether the object you choose should have some sort of lid or covering or if something like a small pet bed is more appropriate.
• Bits of bedding, litter, toys, etc. that smell like your pet.
• Yummy treats to tempt your pet into your transport box. Be sure to check the care guide and choose treats that are safe for your pet to eat.
• If your pet has a history of aggression, wear heavy-duty gloves to protect your skin just in case.
• Place the items you’ve collected that smell like your pet into the transport box. Sprinkle some treats into the entrance of the box. As training goes on, you will put the treats farther and farther back into the box.
• Hold the open box up to the entrance of the open cage. Do not move the box for as long as you are able. Depending on your pet’s level of confidence, it may take many sessions before they are comfortable climbing into the box. Hold the box still and be patient while your pet becomes familiar with the box. Allow them to climb in and out of the box at will.
• Once your pet is fully comfortable in the transport box, you can slowly carry it around, then return it to the cage for the animal to move in and out of it as desired.
• When your pet has become used to being carried around in the box and trusts that you will return them to their cage, you can take them to other locations (carrier, exercise pen, couch, etc.) Soon, your pet will know that when you present the transport box, they are to climb into it and that they will be safe and secure in it with you.