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Getting your guinea pig’s attention
It can be difficult to capture your guinea pig’s attention, especially if he or she is young or new to your home.
That implies your guinea pig’s reaction to your actions will be significantly different from how your dog or cat reacted when called as a child.
Your guinea pig will deliberately ignore your calls until he or she feels at ease in the house.
Guinea pigs have excellent eyesight. Guinea pigs’ eyesight is pre-programmed for movement detection, and their visual range is roughly 360 degrees.
Guinea pigs’ visual hints might be valuable for alerting them to your presence and teaching them nonverbal directions.
Visual proof combined with vocal commands can be effective in capturing a guinea pig’s attention.
Optical cues do not have to be in the form of a command, as they are in the tricks. It can be used to communicate in a broad sense.
There are a variety of ways for owners to communicate with their guinea pigs. Body language is used by both domestic and non-domestic guinea pigs to communicate with one another. This can be used to the owner’s benefit.
When approaching your guinea pig, remain relaxed and peaceful. In front of them, try to employ predictable, simple movements.
This will demonstrate to your guinea pig that you are not a threat or a predator. Jerky or sharp motions, on the other hand, may imply that you are a threat. This can be clarified by your guinea pig as follows:
- You’re the predator, and you’re getting ready to strike.
- You’ve identified a threat that’s close by.
To get your guinea pig’s attention, choose three different optical commands and use them consistently.
When you’re trying to grab your guinea pig’s attention, make sure they can see you. This draws their attention to you and allows them to properly focus on you.
Giving a command
Every pet owner, particularly guinea pig owners, needs to know how to provide spoken commands. Except in the case of a hearing-impaired guinea pig, you can use it practically anywhere.
Verbal orders not only get the guinea pig’s attention, but they’re also a fantastic way to communicate.
Your guinea pig will be able to recognize and remember your name. They’ll also learn to recognize your tone when you call their name.
The tones of ‘you’re in danger,’ ‘dinner’s ready,’ and ‘come here’ all have their own inflections of voice, which your guinea pig can comprehend.
Some tones are more likely to attract your guinea pig’s interest than others.
Try to determine which tones your guinea pig responds to the most and make adjustments accordingly.
It would be great if you observed yourself when you are extremely irritated, loud, high pitched, or soft.
While the higher-pitched commands may first attract your guinea pig’s attention, they might also stress them out, resulting in poor bonding in the future.
Foods and treats
If your guinea pig hears the crackling sound of a treat packet, they will quickly run towards you and focus their attention on any treats you have in your hands.
Treats are the most effective technique to get your guinea pig’s attention. However, don’t try to give your guinea pig regular snacks.
Excessive treat consumption can lead to obesity and an unbalanced diet. There’s also the possibility that your guinea pig’s interactions with you will be confined to the treats.
The goodies can be used to attract the guinea pig’s interest and then utilized as a reward for good behavior and training. You may form a bond with your new or young guinea pig by using treats.
To avoid the risk of weight gain in your guinea pigs, make sure you use the treats in moderation and substitute them with vegetables or normal pellets as a treat.
My guinea pig is ignoring me
Your guinea pig may choose to ignore you on occasion, which may be due to an accident or on purpose. Here are a few examples of their behavior that may help you better comprehend their motivations.
Your guinea pig see you as a threat
Perhaps your guinea pig isn’t paying attention to you since they haven’t determined your status yet. They haven’t completely dismissed the possibility that you are a predator.
Guinea pigs have an instinctual desire to avoid drawing unwanted attention to themselves, which implies that they will appear to ignore you even if they are aware of your presence in their environment.
Over time, and with patience on your part, people will come to see you as a friend rather than an adversary.
Your guinea pigs don’t have a good bond with you
Your guinea pig may also choose to ignore you if they are attempting to avoid you on purpose. A lack of correct handling can lead to this problem.
However, just because they are small and adorable does not imply that they are content with being carried around or held up by their handlers. Predators attack wild guinea pigs in a manner similar to this.
Most of the time, holding or picking up your guinea pig will cause distress, especially if you have not established an emotional attachment to him or her.
Allow your guinea pig to get close to you for caressing and snuggling at their own pace, and make sure that this occurs from their perspective rather than yours.
Once you have gained the trust of your guinea pig, it will be more comfortable for them to nestle into your thighs and take a nap there.
Being carried can be very comfortable for a guinea pig who has complete trust in you; however, this is not always true for most guinea pigs.
Your guinea pig is ill
You may find your guinea pig ignoring you if he or she is suffering from visual or hearing loss, respectively.
Is your guinea pig suffering from an infection of the ears or eyes that could result in irreparable damage?
Or is your guinea pig an elderly citizen who is beginning to show signs of advancing years? You must carefully examine your guinea pig to determine whether or not it has any health problems.
My guinea pig won’t come near me
When your guinea pig refuses to come close you, it is understandable to be frustrated and perplexed, especially if they had responded enthusiastically earlier in the session.
Your new guinea pig may be timid at first, which is normal, but after a few days, your guinea pig will feel comfortable enough to approach you.
It will take several weeks for your guinea pig to become familiar with their name and to respond when called.
On the other hand, in both of these cases, it is critical to determine why your guinea pig is refusing to cooperate.
Guinea pig suddenly stopped coming near me
Guinea pigs are highly social creatures, and the majority of domestic guinea pigs may be extremely friendly with their owners when given the opportunity. As a result, any sudden changes in the behavior of your guinea pig should be investigated as soon as possible.
Is your guinea pig suffering from any health problems at the moment? Has this person been scared, or has he/she hurt themselves? Have you yelled at them or in close proximity to them with a loud voice?
It’s possible that your guinea pig is avoiding you as a result of all of these factors. If they are afraid of you, they will not even attempt to approach you, and they will begin to deliberately ignore you.
Your guinea pig’s behavior should be closely observed, as should that of your family members and yourself.
You should be prepared for the chance that your guinea pig believes they are the family’s leader.
In most cases, when your guinea pig perceives themselves to be the dominant one, it is not a significant issue. However, this means that they will not respond when you call for them to come.
Normally, and only in this instance, your guinea pig will bite and nip at you as well.
It is not required to raise your voice in order to communicate to your guinea pig that they are not in charge.
The sound of your voice when they bite you would be quite effective in discouraging them. You can also use your guinea pig’s head to the floor for a few seconds to make a statement of control over your pet pig.
New guinea pig not coming towards me
Guinea pigs are a social animal, but they can take a long time to warm up to you once they are introduced to you. When your guinea pig first learns their name, it will take some time for them to become familiar with it.
Always use a kind voice and tone while calling their name to avoid upsetting them or making them feel uncomfortable. Your guinea pig will eventually learn to identify their own name after some practice.
It is possible that a new guinea pig will not be able to feel comfortable in their environment or in your presence.
Obviously, a guinea pig will need some time to become used to their new home, and this is normal.
A guinea pig may also refuse to come close you if they are unable to leave their enclosure for whatever reason.
My guinea pig won’t come out of his house
Your guinea pig is refusing to come out of their enclosure for a variety of reasons, including fear of you, discomfort in their environment, or discomfort from the pain they are experiencing.
To be able to discern the mood of your guinea pig, you must first learn the guinea pigs’ language, which will reduce the number of reasons for them to hide.
Getting adjusted to new environment
A shy or new guinea pig will naturally don’t want to leave their enclosure.
Allow your new guinea pig to inspect everything on their own time, and they will generally grow comfortable in their environment and get used to it.
Make this process smooth by relaxing in the exact room:
- It would be best if you sat on the ground, but not too close to the enclosure.
- Also, you can give them treats to persuade them to come out.
- Allow your guinea pig to become familiarized with your presence.
- Offer some hideouts throughout the home, for example, cardboard boxes and pet igloos.
Containing your guinea pig in the same room can be the best idea for introducing a guinea pig to a new environment.
Once it has adjusted, you can gradually allow your guinea pig to explore the entire house.
This procedure can be used for those guinea pigs who are newly adopted, and after moving, you can introduce the home to your new guinea pig.
Pain and illness
In pain or when they are not feeling well, guinea pigs are more likely to conceal their intuitions.
Keep a tight eye on your guinea pig without making them feel uncomfortable. Do they make an effort to move because they are uncomfortable with your touch?
Are their ears flat against their backs, or are they bent with their ears bent? Do they exhibit any of the following signs:
- They are clenching their teeth.
- Swelling in the area surrounding the eyes
- Appetite sluggishness
- Pupils that have grown in size
If they do, you must take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Scared and stressed
The surroundings can also be a contributing factor to your guinea pig’s unwillingness to leave their confinement. A number of things can have a significant impact on the comfort level of a fearful guinea pig. These elements are as follows:
- Using essential oil diffusers or air fresheners, for example, can make the guinea pig feel uneasy due to the fragrance, which is uncommon.
- Another animal has put stress on the guinea pig.
- Noises or music that is too loud
Your guinea pig may get uncomfortable and stressed as a result of any of these factors.
How do you get a guinea pig to come to you?
When it comes to attracting the attention of a guinea pig so that they will come to you, there are two approaches you can take.
The majority of these entail making certain that you and your guinea pig establish a strong bond as well as applying the proper training cues.
Building a strong bond
- Putting them through their paces
- Providing them with food
- Taking good care of them
- Having a good time with them
Grooming is one of the most effective methods of developing a bond with your guinea pig.
Training your guinea pigs
The training commands for guinea pigs are the same as the training commands for dogs, and include anything from “sit,” “come,” and “stay,” to various tricks and behaviors.
Apart from providing tremendous enrichment, these training sessions are essential for maintaining control over a guinea pig’s attention.
These tiny organisms are incredibly intelligent. An adult guinea pig can be taught to recognize a variety of commands in addition to their name.
Using verbal orders and calling the guinea pig’s name can be the most effective method of gaining their attention.
In addition to announcing your presence, this will draw the guinea pig’s attention to you and your surroundings. A guinea pig that is comfortable and has formed a bond with you will be able to identify its owner with ease.