Come When Called
Coming when called is a popular trick that many people are interested in teaching their guinea pig. It is truly a dog-like trick, and it just puts a smile on your face when your guinea pig comes running over to you. :) Even though this trick it is fairly easy to teach, make sure you train your guinea pig to come where you want them to come. For example, if you work with your guinea pig in a small fenced in area, you can't expect that they will come when turned loose in a big room, since they have not learned to ignore all the distractions that come along with this new environment. Starting in a small space at first and then reviewing the steps again in the bigger area is a good choice if this is your goal.
How to Teach a Guinea Pig to Come When Called (Video Tutorial)
Keep practicing, gradually increasing the distance each time. If the guinea pig doesn't respond very well at any point, go back to working at a closer distance and work at a slower pace. Set the guinea pig up for success by increasing the distance slowly and only calling them when you are sure they will respond.
Keep going with this process until you are happy with the distance your guinea pig is coming from. After the guinea pig understands the basics of this trick, you can also work on teaching your piggy to come to you outside the training environment, in bigger areas, from around a corner (with you out of sight), and with little distractions set up in the guinea pig's path (like small piles of hay and toys). These can be taught in the same way as above.
Additional Tips For Teaching This Trick
- This trick is taught essentially just by starting out close and gradually increasing the distance as the guinea pig learns. If your piggy isn't catching on, try working at a closer distance for a bit longer until the guinea pig is more confident with what you are asking.
- Make sure you use the same word or cue every time you call your guinea pig. Mixing up the cues is confusing for the guinea pig for any trick.
- Practice feeding your guinea pig their favorite veggies from your hand before trying this trick. If your guinea pig is comfortable taking food from your hand, teaching them to come when called will be much easier.