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Training your Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are intelligent little animals that can actually be trained to do some basic actions. They’re not very flexible, so don’t expect your guinea pig to be able to do any tricks like cats and dogs, but they can often come when called and be trained to use a litter box. This section includes some help and advice for those who want to try training their pets, but bear in mind that some guinea pigs will be smarter than others, so don’t be cross with your pet if it never quite manages it.
Training your guinea pigs requires a lot of patience, but it's also a lot of fun! Collect some of your guinea pigs' favourite treats to give them a strong incentive to learn, and keep repeating the training for a few weeks to give your pets plenty of practise.

Guinea pigs are intelligent little animals that can actually be trained to do some basic actions

Training a Guinea Pig to use a Litter Box

Some guinea pigs can be trained quite easily, whereas others might not be able to learn

Lots of people don’t know that it’s actually possible to partially train guinea pigs to do their business in a litter box. Owners have a range of different levels of success with their pets, some taking to it quickly, some never learning no matter how hard their owners try. You may not be successful, so be sure to remember that it’s not your guinea pig’s fault if they poo outside their litter box - sometimes they can have accidents or just simply forget.
If you want to give it a try, buy a small mammal litter box and put in some bedding into it. Avoid anything like cat litter, as this could be harmful to your pet. Instead, we suggest trying some fresh bedding, or putting in some used bedding to make the area smell familiar to your guinea pigs. If you are training using old bedding, make sure the litter box isn’t so dirty that they won’t want to sit in it.
Another tip is that if you’ve noticed that your guinea pig likes to do their business in a particular place, then that area may be an excellent spot for your litter box.

If you keep an eye on your guinea pig and notice it going in the litter box, then immediately reward it with a treat. This will create an association between using the litter box and being rewarded, which will increase the likelihood that your guinea pig will perform that action again. However, not all guinea pigs will be able to do this, so don’t be disappointed if you’re not successful.

Training a Guinea Pig to Come When Called

Guinea pigs are intelligent little creatures, who develop strong bonds with their owners. If you have a bit of time and patience, it is possible to teach some guinea pigs to come when called, but some may never learn how. If they can’t learn, it’s really no one’s fault, so don’t be upset with your guinea pig if they can’t quite manage it.

Firstly, you’ll want to be sure the area you’re both in is secure and free of hazards. We suggest sitting at one end of your guinea pigs’ run, preferably the side that you can open and easily offer treats through.

Secondly, put a trail of small food items between you and your pet, with the last one in your hands.

Next, wait for your guinea pig to follow the trail. If they reach you via the trail, then reward them with the treat you have in your hands. Make sure to say their name as you do this.

Guinea pigs are intelligent little creatures, who develop strong bonds with their owners

Repeat these steps for at least 10 days. On the tenth day, don’t lay a trail, instead call their name and be sure to reward them if they come to you.

Training a Guinea Pig Not to Bite

Guinea pigs are very docile animals, and it’s very rare for them to bite without cause

Guinea pigs are very docile animals, and it’s very rare for them to bite without cause. Lots of guinea pigs will mouth their owners whilst they are being held, and this could be to get salt of your fingers or just to see if you’re edible! This shouldn’t hurt, and isn’t a sign of aggression, just curiosity.

Guinea pig’s teeth are one of their very few defensive tools, so if your guinea pig really does bite you, then it’s likely that they’re afraid of you. You can rectify this by teaching your guinea pig that it shouldn’t be afraid of you, and that it can expect affection, kindness and treats when you come towards it.

To stop your guinea pig biting, you need to figure out what's making it bite in the first place...

Fear:

Do you smell of something that your guinea pig will likely be afraid of, such as cats and dogs? Try wearing very clean clothes, and thoroughly wash your hands before you attempt to hold them. It may be a good idea to wear gloves to offer you some protection, and if you choose to do this then be sure to wash these too. Alternatively, try and reduce the stress your guinea pig is under. Are they in a very noisy area? Do they feel threatened by the proximity or behaviour of other pets?

Pain:
Next, try to understand what’s making your guinea pig bite you. One of the principle things that causes biting is pain. Are you sure you’re not holding your guinea pig too tightly? If this behaviour has recently developed, then your guinea pig might have an illness or injury that’s causing them pain, so try to give them a check over to see if they need to go to the vet. If they have a disease such as mange, this can make handling extremely painful for your pet, and it has no other way of telling you not to pick it up. Similarly, if your guinea pig wants to be put down so it can go to the loo, it may nibble you to tell you this. When you put your guinea pig back, carefully watch it to see if it just needed to satisfy a particular bodily need.

Living Conditions:
Other potential reasons for biting are to do with how your guinea pig is being kept. If it chews the bars of its hutch then this can indicate that your guinea pig is lonely and wanting to go and find a friend. If you only have one guinea pig, then even if you’re the most affectionate owner in the world then it will still be lonely without a guinea pig companion. If you’re sure you’re guinea pig isn’t lonely, then one final potential cause is testosterone - if your guinea pig isn’t neutered, then you might want to consider this course of action, but be aware that there is no guarantee that it will produce any change in behaviour.

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch (green) with 1m run. The fun, easy way to keep guinea pigs in the garden.
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch (purple) with 1m run is the simple, stylish, straightforward way to keep pets
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch & 1m run is suitable for two to three guinea pigs (or a small rabbit)
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch with 1m run enables your pet/s to express their natural instincts in a fun, safe environment
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch (green) with 1m run. The fun, easy way to keep guinea pigs in the garden.
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch (purple) with 1m run is the simple, stylish, straightforward way to keep pets
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch & 1m run is suitable for two to three guinea pigs (or a small rabbit)
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch with 1m run enables your pet/s to express their natural instincts in a fun, safe environment

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch 1m

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and 2m run, perfect for keeping pet guinea pigs in the garden safely
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and secure 2m Run is ideal for housing two to three guinea pigs.
The Eglu Go hutch is easy to clean and insulated, making it perfect for all-year use. They will love the freedom to hop in and out
The Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch comes complete with a hay rack, feed bowl and water bottle
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and 2m run, perfect for keeping pet guinea pigs in the garden safely
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and secure 2m Run is ideal for housing two to three guinea pigs.
The Eglu Go hutch is easy to clean and insulated, making it perfect for all-year use. They will love the freedom to hop in and out
The Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch comes complete with a hay rack, feed bowl and water bottle

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch 2m

Zippi Tunnel Systems for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel Systems are fun for children and Rabbits & Guinea Pigs alike
Watch your pets pop in and out their Zippi Tunnel System
Easily extend or change the shape of your Zippi Tunnel System
Optional Lock-Out door for the Zippi Tunnel System. Ideal when its time to clean the hutch
The Zippi Lock-Out door is ideal when its time to shift the run or clean the hutch
Zippi Tunnel Systems are wonderful for exercising your Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Add a hay station or look-out to your Zippi Tunnel System
Zippi Tunnel Systems for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel Systems are fun for children and Rabbits & Guinea Pigs alike
Watch your pets pop in and out their Zippi Tunnel System
Easily extend or change the shape of your Zippi Tunnel System
Optional Lock-Out door for the Zippi Tunnel System. Ideal when its time to clean the hutch
The Zippi Lock-Out door is ideal when its time to shift the run or clean the hutch
Zippi Tunnel Systems are wonderful for exercising your Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Add a hay station or look-out to your Zippi Tunnel System
Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Zippi Runs & Playpens for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Connect your rabbit or guinea pig hutch to a Zippi Playpen or Run
Zippi Runs & Playpens afford Rabbits & Guinea Pigs ideal exercise and adventure
Good times abound in a Zippi Run or Playpen
Zippi Runs & Playpens are the easiest way to give your small pets a large, secure space to exercise and play
Zippi Runs & Playpens are great for interactive play and socializing
Single Height Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Double Height Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Low run Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Low run with underfloor mesh Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Double Height with roof and underfloor mesh Zippi Runs & Playpens
Double Height run with roof and skirt Zippi Runs & Playpens
Zippi Runs & Playpens for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Connect your rabbit or guinea pig hutch to a Zippi Playpen or Run
Zippi Runs & Playpens afford Rabbits & Guinea Pigs ideal exercise and adventure
Good times abound in a Zippi Run or Playpen
Zippi Runs & Playpens are the easiest way to give your small pets a large, secure space to exercise and play
Zippi Runs & Playpens are great for interactive play and socializing
Single Height Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Double Height Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Low run Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Low run with underfloor mesh Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Double Height with roof and underfloor mesh Zippi Runs & Playpens
Double Height run with roof and skirt Zippi Runs & Playpens

Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs
Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs

Zippi Platforms | Guinea Pigs

Caddi Rabbit & Cavy Treat Holder | Omlet
Keep food off the ground with a Caddi Rabbit & Cavy Treat Holder from Omlet
Rabbit & Cavy Treat Caddi Holders provide an easy way to increase the variety of food that you give to your rabbits and guinea pigs
The nylon string is adjustable in length so that you can hang the Caddi Treat Holder from any type of run or wooden hutch
A Caddi Treat Holder is suitable for nearly all types of food and variety will help improve general health and vitality
The plastic hook means it is quick and straightforward to detach the feeder for cleaning and refilling.
It’s very important to give your pets a balanced diet each day to help them maintain their activity levels and dental health
Caddi Rabbit & Cavy Treat Holder | Omlet
Caddi Cavy Treat Holder | Omlet
Caddi Rabbit & Cavy Treat Holder | Omlet
Keep food off the ground with a Caddi Rabbit & Cavy Treat Holder from Omlet
Rabbit & Cavy Treat Caddi Holders provide an easy way to increase the variety of food that you give to your rabbits and guinea pigs
The nylon string is adjustable in length so that you can hang the Caddi Treat Holder from any type of run or wooden hutch
A Caddi Treat Holder is suitable for nearly all types of food and variety will help improve general health and vitality
The plastic hook means it is quick and straightforward to detach the feeder for cleaning and refilling.
It’s very important to give your pets a balanced diet each day to help them maintain their activity levels and dental health
Caddi Rabbit & Cavy Treat Holder | Omlet
Caddi Cavy Treat Holder | Omlet

Caddi Rabbit & Cavy Treat Holder | Omlet

Size A Walk-in Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
Rabbits love to run, hop and jump, so it's important to provide them with enough space to play every day with a Omlet Outdoor Run
Size D Walk-in Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
Size C Walk-in Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
Size B Walk-in Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
Lo-Rise Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
The Omlet Outdoor Run is extendable in width, length and height, making it suitable for every breed of guinea pig and rabbit
Omlet Outdoor Run for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs provides your pets with lots of safe outdoor space
Size A Walk-in Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
Rabbits love to run, hop and jump, so it's important to provide them with enough space to play every day with a Omlet Outdoor Run
Size D Walk-in Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
Size C Walk-in Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
Size B Walk-in Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
Lo-Rise Omlet Outdoor Run with skirt
The Omlet Outdoor Run is extendable in width, length and height, making it suitable for every breed of guinea pig and rabbit
Omlet Outdoor Run for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs provides your pets with lots of safe outdoor space

Omlet Outdoor Run | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Green Eglu Hutch and Connection Kit for outdoor Rabbit or Guinea Pig Run
Purple Eglu Hutch and Connection Kit for outdoor Rabbit or Guinea Pig run
Add an Eglu Hutch with Connection Kit to your outdoor Rabbit Run
Green Eglu Hutch and Connection Kit for outdoor Rabbit or Guinea Pig Run
Purple Eglu Hutch and Connection Kit for outdoor Rabbit or Guinea Pig run
Add an Eglu Hutch with Connection Kit to your outdoor Rabbit Run

Eglu Hutch + Connection Kit For Outdoor Rabbit Run

Zippi Guinea Pig Shelter, perfect for providing protection from wind, rain and sun whilst offering a place where they can feel secure
The Zippi Guinea Pig Shelter has two entrances so that one animal can leave if another is coming in
Guinea Pig Shelter | Zippi
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters offer a place where they can feel secure, settled and relaxed.
Guinea Pig Shelter | Zippi. Available in green and purple, matching the Eglu Guinea Pig and Rabbit  Hutches
The Zippi shelter can also be used as a fun and enriching accessory toy in the run of an Eglu Go Hutch or Outdoor Guinea Pig Run
Watch your guinea pigs pop in one Zippi shelter door and out the other.
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters are a fun and enriching accessory toy in the run
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters provide protection and a safe place where they feel secure
A Guinea Pig Shelter from Zippi is the perfect, enriching accessory for your pets playtime
Guinea Pig Shelter | Zippi
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters enrich your pets play time
Your Guinea Pigs will love the Zippi shelter. Available in green or purple
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelter, perfect for providing protection from wind, rain and sun whilst offering a place where they can feel secure
The Zippi Guinea Pig Shelter has two entrances so that one animal can leave if another is coming in
Guinea Pig Shelter | Zippi
Guinea Pig Shelter | Zippi
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters offer a place where they can feel secure, settled and relaxed.
Guinea Pig Shelter | Zippi. Available in green and purple, matching the Eglu Guinea Pig and Rabbit  Hutches
The Zippi shelter can also be used as a fun and enriching accessory toy in the run of an Eglu Go Hutch or Outdoor Guinea Pig Run
Watch your guinea pigs pop in one Zippi shelter door and out the other.
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters are a fun and enriching accessory toy in the run
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters provide protection and a safe place where they feel secure
A Guinea Pig Shelter from Zippi is the perfect, enriching accessory for your pets playtime
Guinea Pig Shelter | Zippi
Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters enrich your pets play time
Your Guinea Pigs will love the Zippi shelter. Available in green or purple

Guinea Pig Shelter | Zippi

Give your guinea pigs and smaller rabbits a new and exciting way to exercise with Omlet Play Tunnels
Omlet Play Tunnels are perfect for your smaller pets to run about to their heart’s content
Designed to mimic a burrow in the wild, the Omlet Play Tunnels are a great addition to your small pets run
The plastic tube can be curved to add intrigue and the included chew-resistant end rings extend the life of the tunnels
The small animal tunnel extends to 90cm (diameter of approx 15cm) affording plenty of space for guinea pigs to run through it
Connect up as many play tunnels as you like. This fun and enriching animal tunnel is ideal for use in all runs and hutches
Zippi guinea pig extendable tunnels are waterproof, and can easily be hosed down or wiped clean.
Designed to mimic a burrow in the wild, the Omlet Play Tunnels enrich your small pets with an amazing nature like warren to explore
These play tunnels are compatible with the  Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters.
Give your guinea pigs and smaller rabbits a new and exciting way to exercise with Omlet Play Tunnels
Omlet Play Tunnels are perfect for your smaller pets to run about to their heart’s content
Designed to mimic a burrow in the wild, the Omlet Play Tunnels are a great addition to your small pets run
The plastic tube can be curved to add intrigue and the included chew-resistant end rings extend the life of the tunnels
The small animal tunnel extends to 90cm (diameter of approx 15cm) affording plenty of space for guinea pigs to run through it
Guinea Pig Play Tunnels | Zippi
Connect up as many play tunnels as you like. This fun and enriching animal tunnel is ideal for use in all runs and hutches
Zippi guinea pig extendable tunnels are waterproof, and can easily be hosed down or wiped clean.
Designed to mimic a burrow in the wild, the Omlet Play Tunnels enrich your small pets with an amazing nature like warren to explore
These play tunnels are compatible with the  Zippi Guinea Pig Shelters.
Guinea Pig Play Tunnels | Zippi

Guinea Pig Play Tunnels | Zippi

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