Running up for the Dunk
I also taught my buddy Ceico how to play the game. Turns out he's a pretty talented basketball player too! (but not as talented as me, of course!)
Two Guinea Pigs Playing Basketball
After I was able to put the ball in that moving hand, we started practicing with a bowl. Every time I successfully put the ball into the bowl, the human would give me a treat and move the bowl a few inches away or to the side. Once I became pretty good at putting the ball into the bowl, we switched to a braided loop (basically a big basketball net!) and the human gradually held it a bit higher each time until I learned to lift up the ball and go for the dunk!
Finally, we started practicing with the real basketball net! (well, the 4 inch tall one.) The basketball net was a bit harder because it's barely bigger than the ball itself. I had to be very accurate in order to shoot on the net. It took some practice, but now Ceico and I can both dunk accurately 99% of the time! (OK, fine, at least 89% of the time.)
How to Teach Your Guinea Pig to Play Basketball