Raccoons aren’t like your regular domestic pets. They’re insanely energetic, unpredictable, and mischievous. They can be highly affectionate to people they like but can instantly turn into sharp biters if annoyed. Being predators, it’s in their nature to attack if they feel threatened.
Raccoons are fascinating and curious animals. They want to explore everything. If you own a raccoon as a pet, there are high chances he’ll turn your house into a complete mess. Therefore, training a raccoon is a must thing.
If you’ve bought a raccoon and find it hard to tame the cute, energetic beast, don’t be stressed. We’re here to guide you. In this brief guide, we’ll help you with some tips and tricks that can help you train your raccoon!
Training A Raccoon
Training wild raccoons is relatively challenging. You’ve to put a lot of effort into training wild raccoons compared to training a baby raccoon.
If you plan to own a raccoon, it is recommended to buy a baby raccoon.
Raccoons are smart creatures with excellent cognitive skills and memories. Thanks to this, it’s not impossible to tame them.
Raccoon Litter Box Training
Raccoons are free-spirited, lively animals. They love to climb and run around the house. Therefore, you must provide them with enough space. Try to create or buy a litter box that allows your raccoon to walk and jump freely.
Place the litter box in your home area where you can easily keep an eye on him. Raccoons can get mischievous at any time. To attract your raccoon, put some treats and chew toys.
In addition to toys, place a soft blanket inside the litter box so that your raccoon will feel super comfortable in it. Such incentives will help you attract your baby raccoon to go willingly into the litter box and stay inside.
Use the short interval method to litter box train your raccoon. Take your baby raccoon out of the litter box every 30 to 50 minutes for a play or cuddle. Raccoons are energetic and wild; they don’t like lying down all the time.
Get your raccoon accustomed to the same litter box again and again. This routine will trigger the cognitive ability of your raccoon. Being a smart creature, your raccoon will soon learn to go back and forth to the litter box.
To encourage and appreciate his docile behavior, reward him with treats and love. Reward your raccoon whenever he follows the routine and gets in a litter box on his own.
How To Train A Raccoon Not To Bite
While training your little pet, raccoon, make sure you don’t get harsh or strict with him. Raccoons can quickly turn aggressive if they feel threatened or scared. Deal politely with him, and sweet talk him into submission.
Thanks to high cognitive skills and memory, your raccoon can understand and remember commanding words such as “No bit”, “No!”, “Stop”, etc. Choose a single commanding word and use it every time you witness your baby raccoon biting. This will trigger your baby raccoon’s instinct to learn not to bite.
Being predators, using sharp claws and teeth is the defensive method of raccoons. They’re affectionate and love to play with the people they like. As we mentioned earlier, don’t get harsh or stick with raccoons as they can feel threatened.
Even if your raccoon sometimes bites you hard, don’t strictly scold or spanked them. Remember, your raccoon mustn’t view you as a threat or his enemy.
In addition to commanding words, slightly punish them by ignoring them. If you witness your raccoon bite, stand up and give him a serious “Stop” command and reject him. Let him know, he isn’t supposed to bite anyone.
Every time he bites, use a command and then stuff him with a soft chew toy to play with. Leave the room you’re playing with him or send him back to his litter box. Your raccoon will soon get the idea it’s not acceptable to bite people or furniture but okay to bite toys.
Your raccoon’s instincts will soon help him understand that he isn’t supposed to bite people but is allowed to chew toys.
How To Train Raccoons Not To Climb Humans
Being highly active, raccoons feel thrilling to climb walls and trees. Raccoons often climb humans by treating them as trees or walls.
When your raccoon turns 10 weeks old, start teaching him not to climb strangers or guests. To stop them, simply command with “NO” and stop him. Provide him artificial trees or branches to climb and jump. Repeat this every time he climbs a human.
How To Train Raccoons Not To Destroy Household Things
It can be challenging for your raccoon pet to distinguish between his toys and household things. Raccoons can actively assume all the items in the house as their toys. They can easily take everything as their own.
Hence, it is highly recommended you put precious things under locks. When you witness your raccoon pet destroying your pillow or sofa, command them with “NO”. Replace pillows and sofa with chew toys for him to play on.
When your raccoon follows your command, reward him with a treat. This will encourage him to follow your such commands.
Taming wild raccoons isn’t an easy treat to get. Raccoons are unpredictable and moody pets. Raccoons are fascinating and curious animals.
But if you start raising them from a young age, they’ll soon learn to be a little docile and obedient. Provide your raccoon love, care, and space to play. Your raccoon will sure not let you get bored ever again.
Select a spacious litter box for your raccoon. Be patient and polite while training them. Soon, your little boy will learn to follow the house rules more obediently!
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