How to Teach a Guinea Pig to Push a Ball Around
This trick is another simple, yet cute trick to teach a guinea pig. They usually catch on fast and progress easily, so it is a good choice for a guinea pig or trainer new to guinea pig training. For this trick, you will need a lightweight, guinea pig sized ball that is easy to roll around. After teaching this trick, you can also find or make a guinea pig sized net and teach them to play soccer. Read below to get started with this trick.
How to Teach a Guinea Pig to Push a Ball Around (Video Tutorial)
For this trick, you will need....
Tip: Make sure to reward randomly sometimes to keep the guinea pig engaged in the game (for example, reward after only one nudge sometimes, even if they can do five.) Guinea pigs may start to get bored or lose interest if they know they always have to push the ball several times to earn a treat.
Additional Tips For Teaching This Trick
- Be sure to scale the reward that the guinea pig is receiving with the amount of effort they are putting in. For example, you may only be giving them one bite of a carrot for touching the ball once, but when you get to the point where the guinea pig is nudging the ball twice every time, the reward should be increased a little too, such as two bites every time instead of just one. When they catch on to something new, a jackpot reward may equal out to a small handful of little treats or several bites of a carrot to justify the additional effort and progress made towards the completion of the trick.
- Once the guinea pig gets good at pushing the ball around, you can find a guinea pig sized net, or even just two cups placed apart that they can push the ball through. You can teach them to play soccer by placing the ball close to the net at first, and gradually moving it further away as the guinea pig gets better at rolling the ball towards the net.