How to Teach a Guinea Pig to Paw Target
A paw target is a little more challenging to teach to a guinea pig than a nose target, but it's still a good foundation beginner trick. Teaching a paw target also helps lay the foundation for teaching other paw related tricks, such as wave and give a paw.
How to Teach a Guinea Pig: Paw Target (Video Tutorial)
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Practice at different heights and angles.
At this stage, don't reward when the guinea pig touches the target with both paws. Keep the target to one side so it's difficult to step up with both paws, and wait until just one paw touches or reaches for the target. As soon as this occurs, offer lots of treats and praise and keep practicing until they are consistently touching with only one paw.
Additional Tips For Teaching This Trick
- Be sure to reward the guinea pig accordingly whenever they put in extra noticeable effort or make some kind of progress. Doing so helps the guinea pig understand that this is the right thing to do and they will be more likely to do it again in the future.