How To Tame Guinea Pigs?

This is something Mummy is asked a lot and has seen asked on a forum she visits so she decided it was time to do a post on it. How you can tame your piggies. This is the method she uses, it won’t work for everyone and you do need to adapt it depending on how your piggy reacts and behaves at different stages but whee hope this helps and gives you ideas.

Over to you Mummy!

Thanks piggies. Firstly, I have to tell you, my taming method is a slow process. It’s all about positive reinforcement and gaining their trust. Some piggies will never fully settle or be fully tame, it’s a matter of pigsonality. This is the step by step guide of what I did when I brought Nacho home and when Noah joined him.

– First, whenever I was on the phone, I sat next to the cage for my conversations to get them used to the sound of my voice in a situation where when they weren’t the focus of my attention.

– After three or four days of this, I did the same but with the cage open.

– Then when they were brave enough to peek out at me (I think this took two days) I changed so I was talking to them softly and had my hand on the edge of the cage holding a piece of spinach or parsley. Parsley got their attention more but it’s all about what is your piggies favourite. After four attempts over four days, they came and grabbed a mouthful.

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– Slowly I worked with letting them eat from me and then putting my other hand in the cage next to them. (over two days)

– Then I used the hand not holding the veggie to stroke them gently. (again over two days)

– Then, even when they were a little skitty I got them out every day to handle and snuggle them. As they were little, I cuddled them in an old beanie hat. For bigger piggies a blanket, or fleecy jumper will work well. You can buy or make your own cosies too. When you have them out, feed them a little herb treat or piece of veg to build their confidence. Now when they see the beanie they know there is a positive experience or treat on the way so don’t seem to mind coming out. In fact they really enjoy it!

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I hope this helps some people learn how to tame their piggies!

Happy Sunday

~ Amy

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Posted on October 20, 2013, in Piggy Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. Do you know if I can tame humans with parsley too? I hope all people will be as careful as you with piggies :o) Have a super sunday!

  2. Piggies are easily frightened in the beginning, but once you have their trust they’re the sweetest animals.

  3. We agree it is all about gaining trust through patience. Have a serene Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. All I know is that they are truly adorable…..and I just enjoy hearing about their adventures and how much fun they have exploring the WAY BIGGER world they live in! But I agree that trust is #1 then everything else sort of just follow naturally!!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

    • Trust is furry furry impawtent. Mummy says that’s why whee didn’t get many pigtures of Noah to start with because he was furry shy and took awhile to settle in. Even now Nacho, is a little afraid of the camera so there are less pigtures of him. Luckily they are both getting more confident slowly

      xxxx

      • Buddy isn’t afraid, more pictures of him (given that Basil works for MI5, he wouldn’t want more evidence than necessary).

      • Buddy loves the camera! He can be a bit of a diva about things. Throwing the hat off the sofa when he’s had enough at the Hallo-wheek pigture shoot! Basil loves the camera too but only on his terms. Noah is turning into a bit of a poser piggy! Nacho likes cuddles but still thinks the camera is a giant pink box of evil!

        xxxx

  5. They may take to taming by a human but not by me.

  6. its the same with Rabbits although they have a natural curiosity which helps but it takes time with picking them up and giving cuddles and I found with each bunny I have had they all have a different preference on how they like to be picked up and carried.and if you don’t give them attention and loving cuddles you will end up with a bunny who doesn’t like you and is agressive towards you,xx Rachel

  7. This is very good advice. Everything must look huge and scary to piggies.You are a very good Piggie Mummy. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

  8. Lovely to hear about how you start the love process! Do suspect that all the other happy piggies help to calm the newbies but as others have said, each animal has his/her comfort zone and you have to take it at their pace.

  9. Whee agree on the taming but, we should not get a treat every day then it tells us that you are bribing us to behave. Limiting our playtime or not letting us play at all is a good message to give us so, that we are not going to do anything bad.

    Piglet and Cookiebear
    xxxx

    • By treat, whee mean vegetables or herbs. Whee get those anyway but at a time that isn’t veggie time, getting something a little extra like parsley or mint can be very useful. Whee often use healthy treats like herbs mixed in hay to encourage our natural foraging instincts. Mummy uses them to train us so that whee will come to her when she calls too.

      Unfortunately, when whee are new piggies, the idea of play time is a scary concept so often whee feel more secure and likely to trust in a place like our cages.

      xxxx

  10. Mummy has done a great job with patience and love ..oh and treats 😉 hugs Fozziemum xx

  11. Oh! Maaaaaa, why don’t ‘I’ have a cozy??!!! That sounds pawsome guys!! And treaties are always FABulous!! Your Moms is so smart! BOL
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

  12. What is a beanie hat, please. I live in the US. Thanks.

  13. Pigsonality cracked us up. MOL. Didn’t know piggies didn’t come already tame. Good to know. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  14. Thank you for Guinea Pig 101…i had no idea how to tame a G-Piggie…you are the Yoda of G-Piggies 😉
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo

  15. That was interesting. And now you’re all video stars!

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