How to Teach a Guinea Pig to Stand Up and Beg
Stand up, also commonly referred to as "beg," is another common guinea pig trick that is great to start out with. This trick requires balance on the guinea pig's part, so the amount of time it takes to teach this trick will vary significantly depending on each individual guinea pig. If your guinea pig is hesitant to stand up at first, remember that this is normal and is totally fine! Be patient, and work through this at the guinea pig's pace. Most guinea pigs will improve dramatically with practice and will go from refusing to lift a foot to standing up almost vertically with confidence. Stick with it, be consistent and patient, and your guinea pig will learn this trick! Follow the steps listed below to get started on this trick, and remember to be patient and stay at your guinea pig's pace.
How to Teach a Guinea Pig to Stand Up/Beg (Video Tutorial)
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Teach your guinea pig to put their front paws up on your hand. Start with your hand at ground level and lure them onto your hand with a treat.
Gradually raise your hand higher off the ground as the guinea pig gains confidence. Practice until they will step up on your hand a few inches above the ground without a lure.
Keep the treat close to the guinea pig's nose and slowly lure upwards. Reward when they lift one or both paws slightly off the ground. Repeat a few times.
Once the guinea pig is standing up more confidently, gradually start luring them a little higher each time. Reward for small efforts, being careful not to ask for too much too soon.
Only ask them to stand up as high as they seem
Additional Tips For Teaching This Trick
- Some guinea pigs have better balance than others. If you have a guinea pig with poor balance, be patient and work through this trick slowly. They can still learn it, and their balance and confidence with this trick will improve over time.
- On the flip side, if you have a young or more agile guinea pig, you may be able to skip the first step (putting their front paws up on your hand) if your piggy already has good balance and is comfortable lifting their front feet off the ground.
- Many guinea pigs won't lift their feet off the ground at all at first and they'll just stretch their neck up as far as they can while keeping their feet planted. Keep rewarding them for reaching up and watch their feet. If they lift up one of their legs, even very slightly, reward them excessively and continue to work through bit by bit. Be patient and generously reward them whenever any progress is made, no matter how small.