piggielover21

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HELP!
So I've had two boys for two years both just over two years of age. Sadly recently I have lost one, he got poorly and had to be put to sleep :( . My boy Dexter has done amazing since, at first I could tell he missed him but six weeks on he's back to normal. He's a very fat fluffy pipgie and he's always been the dominant one too! but he's super chilled out with everything.

So after some time (I needed the time) I think its time we get him a little friend to keep him company. I want a little baby boy, I will get him from a hobby breeder that I have used before. But what i need to know is how dose bonding work with the piggie being two years old and introducing a baby? like the size difference is gona be rather funny for the little one!

Can i bath and shampoo them together first? I'm planning on have a brand new cage set up with all new things so theres no sense.

Any ideas and advice would be amazing! I'm planning on talking with the breeder too about it!

Thanks anyone who reads and replies! xoxo
 

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HELP!
So I've had two boys for two years both just over two years of age. Sadly recently I have lost one, he got poorly and had to be put to sleep :( . My boy Dexter has done amazing since, at first I could tell he missed him but six weeks on he's back to normal. He's a very fat fluffy pipgie and he's always been the dominant one too! but he's super chilled out with everything.

So after some time (I needed the time) I think its time we get him a little friend to keep him company. I want a little baby boy, I will get him from a hobby breeder that I have used before. But what i need to know is how dose bonding work with the piggie being two years old and introducing a baby? like the size difference is gona be rather funny for the little one!

Can i bath and shampoo them together first? I'm planning on have a brand new cage set up with all new things so theres no sense.

Any ideas and advice would be amazing! I'm planning on talking with the breeder too about it!
Thanks anyone who reads and replies! xoxo
 

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Hi! Buddy baths, although widely touted as THE magic wand for boar dating do not contribute to the success of a bonding in our long term forum experience. They just add another stess factor and delay the bonding process.

Please take the time to read these very detailed guides here. We strongly recommend to date boars at a rescue to allow them to choose their new friend for character compatibility and mutual liking. Not every boar will accept every baby; we have seen that repeatedly with rescue dating. It takes on average 1-3 boars of any age to find 'Mr Right' when the piggy can have a say.
You have about the same 50% chance of getting it right that you have with adult boar to adult boar bondings once you include the fact that the accepted baby still has to go through its teenage hormones.

Bonding: Illustrated Dominance Behaviours And Dynamics
Looking After A Bereaved Guinea Pig
 
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