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Advice please.... Guinea pig obsession

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Shumbali, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. SusieRainbow

    SusieRainbow Moderator
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    Jan 21, 2013
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    We had guinea pigs and dogs when I was a child. Our dogs showed no interest at all although Meg was a keen mouser. Sadly the female was attacked by a visiting dog - she was heavily pregnant and died of shock. I was totally heartbroken.
    The male pig suffered the same fate about a year later, another visiting dog ( JRT) . A quick shake and he was gone.
    I really love guinea pigs, such sweet little animals , but would obviously be much more aware now. To be honest I think Reena would be scared of them, she doesn't appear to have any prey drive at all.
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  2. tabelmabel

    tabelmabel PetForums VIP

    Oct 18, 2013
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    That must have been quite a shock for you @SusieRainbow!
    Funnily enough, guinea pigs were one of the few animals i didn't have at home as a child - but we had them at school.

    I only really became interested in them about 10 years ago. They are the most incredible animals to keep, very vocal and SO individual. They never live long enough and leave huge holes when they go. At the moment, i have 2boars but the younger one is neutered. My plan is to get a few females in with him when the older one passes.
    We have a cat as well as the dogs and, tbh, none of them pay a lot of attention to the pigs when they are in the cage.

    We could have them out on our knees with murphy in the room but definitely not with tilly. Murphy was interested in them when he was a puppy but he isn't now. Though i put him out of the way if i am moving them in the garden - with proper care it is not difficult to keep pigs and dogs in the same house. Proper supervision and a good dose of common sense and it all works fine.:)
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