If you're looking for jumps for guinea pigs that are easy and cheap to make yourself, but still sturdy and safe, this tutorial will be perfect. These jumps can be made out of recycled materials (ie. cardboard that would otherwise be garbage) and can be painted nicely to fit in with any colour or theme that you like.
The video above shows the steps involved in assembling these cute little jumps. You can also find more pictures and a written tutorial on on the cardboard guinea pig jump tutorial page. These jumps make a great addition to a guinea pig agility course, or used on their own to teach your guinea pig to jump over them.
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This tutorial shows in a step by step process how to make a cute and functional mini skateboard. Sized perfectly for guinea pigs, these little skateboards are great for trick training. Riding/pushing a skateboard is a more advanced trick for guinea pigs, so ideally your guinea pig should learn several tricks under the Starting Tricks list before attempting the skateboard trick.
These skateboards aren't too difficult or expensive to make, and you can customize them by painting them in the color(s) of your choice or painting zigzags, symbols, or other little design features on it. There are so many ways you can make these mini skateboards unique and cool looking. Plus, skateboarding is a pretty fun and adorable trick to teach to guinea pigs as well.
Target sticks are super useful for training, and super easy to make as well. All you need is a few inexpensive materials, and a couple minutes to assemble them. They're one of the simplest and least time consuming training pieces to make for your guinea pig. The tutorial for these mini target sticks is intended for small animals, but you can also use the same steps with a bigger ball and thicker dowel to make a target stick for dogs and bigger animals.
Touching and/or following a target stick is pretty easy to teach, and a great beginner trick to teach to new piggies. Check out the How to Teach a Nose Target page for info on teaching this trick, or read more about making a target stick here.
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Freestanding hoops are super handy for training, sturdy enough to support a guinea pig's weight, resistant to being tipped or knocked over, and durable quality for long term use. I designed these hoops to be sturdy and safe for training my piggies and have made several that have remained sturdy and and worked well for quite a few years (and still going strong!) They are fun and simple to make, and are perfect for teaching tricks to your guinea pig or using in an agility course. You can watch the video below, or view the written instructions step by step on the How to Make: Freestanding Guinea Pig Hoop page.
A hoop is an invaluable prop for training guinea pigs, and definitely well worth taking the time to make. You may find it easier to reuse something from home as a hoop, which works well (provided it is safe for the guinea pig!) but it is also fun to make your own! The tutorial above shows how to make a relatively easy, sturdy, and safe hoop for a guinea pig, that can be used as a regular hoop for the guinea pig to walk or jump through, or as a paper covered hoop to make for a more challenging and interesting trick.
A written tutorial can be found on the DIY Guinea Pig Hoop page.
Welcome to the Guinea Pig Tricks blog! Here you will find articles about guinea pig training that may not be on the other pages of the site, and more detailed posts about common questions and problems regarding teaching tricks to your guinea pigs. If you have any suggestions for topics you would like to see me write about on this blog, you are more than welcome to email me through the contact page on this site with your suggestion. Otherwise, feel free to read through the posts and have fun training your piggy! :)