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Q: Training

March 24, 2009 | By Cookieslilmommy | 3 answers | Expired: 2056 days ago

Cookieslilmommy

My guinea Pig is names Cookie and its a girl,I read online about Training them...But it said that you have to let them get use to you....And i have only had mine for 3 days..Shes really nice but "Sometimes" jumpy when anyone besides me goes to pet or hold her..So how long is it going to take to train her into ,,,Getting use to other people and not being so afraid??

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Kavykeeper
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Mar 25, 2009

Hold her as much as you can. Guinea pigs are social animals but will be just as happy as the only guinea pig in your household as long as you give it the attention it craves. They are prey animals, so it's instinctive for them to be afraid of predators. Instead of offering a treat in the cage, give it while you are holding her. She will discover that being held is a great thing. Hold her in a towel or guinea pig sleeping bag to make her feel secure when she is held. Don't give her pigloos or huts during the day so she doesn't hide all the time. I've found that it takes about 6 to 9 months to get a guinea pig sociable. The other thing I would recommend is to keep her in the room of the house where there is the most activity so she gets a lot of attention from everyone. If you get another one, she will probably bond with it more than you. There are tons of guinea pigs in rescues and shelters, so if you do consider getting another one, choose the same sex.

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Cassandra A.
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Mar 24, 2009

It's natural for guinea pigs to be jumpy. We've had our guinea pig for about 2 or 3 months now and he's still jumpy when people hold him. I would hold them fairly often so they get used to people but she may always be jumpy that's a guinea pigs nature.

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GuineaPig
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Mar 24, 2009

Hi! I have three, soon to be four guinea pigs. I have had them for almost a year and they are WONDERFUL! I see that you only have one guinea pig. You really should keep two guinea pigs for them to be happy. If you keep only one, they tend to keep to themselves and gain bad habits and overall not be as good a pets. Two guinea pigs will keep each other company and keep them from being lonely. It doesn't matter how much human interaction they get if they don't have a friend. When I got my first two guinea pigs, they would hide from me. I took Ginger out and played with her all day and she was fine with human interaction. I got Ginger when she was younger, so she was quicker to adjust. Nibbles was older so she is kind of quiet. I got Patches at four weeks old and she is the nicest of them all. They will all have their own personality no matter what. Some will be outgoing, others quiet. Some will adjust to humans quickly, others won't. I am assuming that you got your guinea pig from a pet store, I got mine from a breeder. Guinea pigs from breeders aren't that much more than Pet Store guinea pigs and you get a bigger selection and you can handle them and pick out the one that you like the best. I hope that this helps you.

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