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    General: Re: Dogs and Guinea pigs...

    I'm hopefully going to adopt a dog soon and you all know that I love my guinea girls! There is a rescue dog that really suits me. High energy, enthusiastic, small sized, social with other dogs and...
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    Biting: Re: Biting Guinea pig

    Guinea pigs typically bite when in pain, when they are intensely afraid, and when they are frustrated or angry. Biting can be stress related as well (think about when you have a bad day and how easy...
  3. Supplements: Re: How to give vitamin C to a piggie that doesn't eat her veggies

    @Neferyn

    I believe you are on the right track. Fear is one of the most primitive emotions. Mammals are extremely emotional creatures and as more science comes out, what we are discovering is that,...
  4. Behavior: Re: Guinea pig seems to be more afraid after starting lap time

    Clicker training is actually what they use with zoo animals to teach them how to do things to make caring for them easier. It also provides mental stimulation. Most people hear about it from dog...
  5. Behavior: Re: How Long Did It Take For Your Tame Piggies?

    Both of my guinea pigs tamed up very quickly. I hardly did any handling with them whatsoever the first week. The first week with both of my girls, I focused on getting them used to me, taming them to...
  6. Behavior: Re: Guinea pig seems to be more afraid after starting lap time

    You have no idea how much this means to me. I hope that positive, low-stress methods help you to develop a beautiful bond with your piggies.
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    Chat Re: Getting back into drawing

    Thanks wombats !

    I still need to save up my money for the colored pencils. There are other things that I need to get first, but I have already did the lines for a Saluki drawing. I think my...
  8. Behavior: Re: Guinea pig seems to be more afraid after starting lap time

    Personally, I would stop doing laptime for now. He's stressed and uncomfortable. I always recommend going at the guinea pig's pace and using positive reinforcement techniques to reward the good,...
  9. Chat Re: Thinking of Starting my own Guinea pig blog

    Sounds like a great idea! I have to say though that making a website is A LOT of work! I recently made one about clicker training guinea pigs. It took a little over a month of work, but I got it up...
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    Play: Re: Clicker Training Guinea Pigs!

    animalmadlover - I use shaping. For behaviors like the retrieves which are really hard for guinea pigs, you need a very careful shaping plan that is a very easy progression. I had a shaping plan for...
  11. Nails/Nail Trimming: Re: Keeping your cavy calm during nail trimming?

    It's okay :) I felt like that could have been the case. I know all about those awful, hard work days. I just quit my old job and got a new one (which I love! I'm a dog trainer now BTW!)
    I hope you...
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    General: Re: Advice needed please!

    Also! RE: taming/bonding.

    I find that using low-stress methods of handling and making your guinea pigs safe and happy naturally allows them to love being with you. If you give guinea pigs the...
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    General: Re: Advice needed please!

    I recommend training them to load up into a carrier or an upside down pigloo. It is the method I use for my girls. Another plus of this method is that it allows the guinea pigs opportunity for more...
  14. Nails/Nail Trimming: Re: Keeping your cavy calm during nail trimming?

    I'm sorry you feel that way. I promise you I am not assuming that you are a bad piggie parent. I am simply trying to give good, sound, positive-reinforcement based advice. It is not meant as an...
  15. Nails/Nail Trimming: Re: Keeping your cavy calm during nail trimming?

    You can buy a new set of clippers and work on the association from scratch.

    Clippers = treats so that he doesn't immediately start to attack them. If he is attacking them, then he isn't...
  16. Nails/Nail Trimming: Re: Keeping your cavy calm during nail trimming?

    I would focus on desensitization and counter conditioning the guinea pig to enjoy sitting in the lap for nail clipping. I just clipped Toora's nails yesterday and it was really easy and quick. I'm an...
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    Chat Re: Frustration: Witnessed Dog Abuse

    I hate when people abuse animals. There is no reason to inflict pain on another living creature.
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    Chat Re: Getting back into drawing

    Thanks! I gave the drawing of the two German Shepherd Dogs (one adult and one puppy) to my manager as a gift. I just quit that job and am going into a new one, where I'll finally be doing what I love...
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    Chat Re: Getting back into drawing

    This is my first guinea pig drawing! It is really sketchy because I want to see if I can get the feel for making guinea pigs before I go and commit a lot of time on a drawing. The reference picture I...
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    Chat Re: Getting back into drawing

    Thanks for all the compliments, everyone!

    Getting back into drawing is a lot harder than I realized, lol. I think I'll try to focus on taking a really cute picture of my girls tonight so I can...
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    Genitals: Re: two girls or boy and girl?

    Yeah! Trick training provides great mental stimulation and that can help the girls settle down a bit. Last night, Fiona was actually in heat like really bad, haha. I had work until ten and my...
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    Genitals: Re: two girls or boy and girl?

    My girls get humpy when they are in heat :) Fiona is the worst offender. They are just being hormonal. The most we do to help them through is make sure there are enough hidies and escape routes for...
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    Chat Getting back into drawing

    Thanks to the thread http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/107916-Let-me-draw-your-guinea-pigs! that wombat had made, I decided to try to get back into art.

    Yesterday afternoon I finally sat...
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    Play: Re: Ideas for Floor Time

    I find that, as far as floortime goes, it is a lot more successful when the guinea pig is comfortable in his environment and comfortable with you first. I didn't introduce floortime with my girls...
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    Play: Re: Clicker Training Guinea Pigs!

    The best advice I can give is to listen to your animal. If one of them is very timid or shy, it's VERY important not to force him to do anything. Building trust is the first step. For dogs, often...
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