1. Make sure the bond between you and your guinea pig is solid. The better the bond with your pet, the quicker they will learn. Being prey animals by nature, a good bond is essential for training as it will give the guinea pig confidence, which in turn will enable them to learn much faster. While a tame pet will still be cautious of some things by nature, they will be much easier to train and can learn things that would be very difficult or impossible for a more skittish guinea pig to learn. An animal that is constantly nervous and paying closer attention to every slight move that you make will be a lot more difficult to train than one that is entirely comfortable with you.
2. Find your guinea pig's favourite treats. Fresh vegetables are ideal for training as they are much healthier than store bought treats and you can choose from a greater variety. If you don't yet know what your guinea pig likes, try laying out some pieces of a few different foods and see which ones he/she seems to go to most often. Some popular treats to use for training include romaine lettuce, carrots, and bell peppers of any colour. You can use a combination of different foods that your piggy likes for training sessions to help add some variety to their diet.
3. Start simple. When you first start to train your guinea pig, choose easier tricks to help build up confidence in both of you. Some good starting trick choices include circle, stand up, touching a nose target, and going through a hoop. Once you are getting the hang of things, you can progressively begin to teach some more challenging tricks and expand your piggy's repertoire even more.
4. Remember to stay positive and have fun. The whole point of training is to bond with your piggy and enjoy a fun activity that you can both do together, right? So be creative and just have fun with it! :)
I hope you were able to get some helpful information from this post. :) For more information on getting started with training, visit the Get Started page.
Also be sure to let me know in the comments whether you have started training your piggy, and what they have learned so far! :)
'Til next time, have fun training with your piggy!
~Jenna & the piggies