The most important part of taming a chinchilla is setting up their environment in a way that keeps them comfortable. Chinchillas can get very nervous and this isn’t ideal for bonding. So make sure you have everything they need to thrive (next section!) so that they can become comfortable in their space and with you.
When it comes to bonding with your chinchilla, go slow. Don’t try to grab them a lot the first day. Remember you don’t want to do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable because that will cause them to regress.
The first step to bonding with your chinchilla is to simply be around them. Put your hand in their cage. See if they want to come to you. Give them a goji berry to let them know that you want to be best friends!
When your chinchilla is comfortable with you and their environment they will be more likely to get curious and explore. And that’s what playing is all about. Give them plenty of toys and textures to explore and chew. And lots of space to move about.