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Animal Handling

Animal handling describes how people respond to and interact with animals within the animal's environment. Proper handling techniques can reduce animal pain and distress and improve animal welfare. Animal handling methods require training, skill, and behavioral knowledge of the species you are working with. Find resources that include training videos, guidelines, and peer-reviewed publications on animal handling. 

Rat Tickling

What is Rat Tickling?

Rat tickling is a technique that mimics how rats playfully socialize with each other. Rat tickling reduces fearful reactions to humans and improves their welfare among other benefits. 

Rat laying on its back and human tickling its stomach.

Mouse Handling

New Mouse Handling Methods

Research shows that new mouse handling techniques such as tunnel handling and cupping (shown below) are less stressful compared to the traditional method of picking a mouse up by the tail. Additionally, when restraining a mouse it's better to scruff them using three fingers rather than two. 

Person holding a white mouse.

Literature for Animal Handling, Restraint, and Capture

Below are results from a literature search on animal handling, restraint, and capture. If you want to find literature on these topics for a certain species, you can build upon this search string by including animal search terms. For example, edit the search and include "(dog OR dogs OR canines OR "canis familiaris")" to find information on handling and restraint of dogs. To learn more about building search strings, visit AWIC's alternatives literature searching page or if you need help finding information, contact us


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