Taming of The Nach-rew

Hello furfriends.

Whee asked you all for posts you’d like to see and the one request that caught our interest came from Isabelleh

How can you get scared or stubborn piggies to get to know you even after months?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret here guys . . . I’m a very nervous piggy.


Loud noises, loud hoomans, thunder, fireworks, spoons clinking against the side of a mug, jangling keys and a whole host of other things scare me into hiding or panicking. There was no reason for me to feel this way in hooman terms. I hadn’t been hit or hurt or suffered in any way before. I had a very fortunate upbringing with lots of love and care from day 1 up until the day I came to Mummy and beyond.

The thing is, for us piggies, fear is a natural response to hoomans. We don’t know you, you’re huge compared to us and whee are prey animals. All our instincts scream at us to hide and avoid you.

Taming me was possibly the most difficult according to Mummy but also the most rewarding. It took a long while but below are the steps she followed to gain my trust.

– First, whenever she was on the phone, she sat next to the cage for conversations to get me used to the sound of her voice in a situation where I wasn’t the focus of the attention.

IMG_3186– When whee were brave enough to peek out at her (This took nearly 10 days for me) she changed so she was talking to us softly and had her hand on the edge of the cage holding a piece of spinach or parsley. Parsley got my attention more but it’s all about what is your piggies favourite. After twice daily attempts over four days, I dared to dart out and grabbed a mouthful.

– Over the next few days Mummy worked with gaining my trust by offering me food and wouldn’t let anyone try to pick me up. To clean us out she guided us calmly into a box and did it quickly and put us straight back.

– Then she began to use the hand not offering the veggie or treat to stroke us. For the first three days I ran away each time but on the fourth I flinched but didn’t run.

wpid-img_20141015_221814.jpg-After that, even when I was a little skitty she got me out every day to handle and snuggle. As I was only little, she cuddled me in an old beanie hat. She would reach in and pick me up quickly and securely using the hat and both hands. Not giving me time to run or panic or get stressed. If she ever missed and didn’t manage to get me first time she would close the cage for a few minutes and talk softly to me and then try again.

Whenever I was out I was fed a little herb treat or piece of veg to build my confidence.

Now when I see the beanie or a cosy I know there is a positive experience or treat on the way so I stress far less. In fact, when I’m out, I have been known to fall asleep.

But getting to this stage has taken months and I still get frightened and hide a lot. The most important thing to understand is; all piggies are different. A piggy will get scared or nervous at first. It’s a natural response for us. Some piggies, like me, will never totally relax or feel want to be handled often. Buddy will positively leap into your arms for a snuggle. Basil has been known to let himself out of his cage for one and Noah, well Noah will have hugs but only on his terms!

The key thing is patience. Time and patience are all you need!

Me demonstrating my relaxed pose for when the fireworks don't bother me!

Whee hope you find this information helpful. What tips would you give hoomans for taming pets?

Have a great Tuesday efurryone



About hutchagoodlife

Tales and adventures from the hutches of British blogging guinea pigs!

Posted on November 18, 2014, in Piggy Blogs and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 31 Comments.

  1. Great post Nacho! Sounds like you had a very gentle and slow introduction to humans. Well done Mummy.

  2. That’s good to know, I feel with a little piggy when it sees this giant human hands the first time. It’s great that you have such a carefull mom who can think like a guinea pig too and who undertands your language :o)

  3. Nacho, you are a very smart little piggy and you have a patient mom who loves you dearly. Thanks for opening up about your fears! We think you are great!

  4. Nacho, very wise and good advice, no matter what type of critter one is trying to make happy and comfy in their new home! You are such a cutie. We are glad you let your human share photos with us. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  5. I hate the spoon-cup sound also.

  6. In my experience all things can be accomplished with lots of love…and lots of treats, of course.

  7. Thanks for the tips!
    Isabelle xx

  8. The beanie hat is a great idea to make piggies feel safe, as they are wrapped up in something, so feel more secure.

  9. nacho….kittehz can be like that too….oh course ferals….most lee NEVER trust..but even indoor kittehs can haz trust issues…dai$y haz lived 11 yeerz N haz onlee ever seen ore been neer….3 peepulz…. coz thatz her….way….


  10. Miss D totally understands. I’m a nervous nellie too and it takes me a lounge time to warm up to strangers. New Things are scary!

  11. Wow, that is so interesting. Your mom is pawsome and so patient and kind.
    Wally & Sammy

  12. That’s very good advice and I’m sure it will help people to get on cuddling terms with their piggies!

  13. You have such a kind and smart Mummy. Thank you for sharing this information with us Nacho!

  14. Nacho this was very informative! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 You look adorable by the way 🙂

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