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Guinea pigs and barking dogs

Durcheinander

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My twin and I just got two new guinea pigs. We thought we did all the research necessary on what they need and how they would react around the dogs. The thing we missed though is that the dog's barking can stress them to death. My dog met the guineas and wants nothing more than to sniff her butt and the pig just wants to chew his collar (I would never leave them unsupervised, and I don't plan to have them together much). But my dogs are Barkers. They bark at everything. I have my guineas in a closed off room, but you can still hear the barking. Would the pigs just get used to the outside noise, or would they still be stressed? Would getting more hiding spots help? If the noise is a problem, does anyone have tips about how to make the room quieter?
 

HeatherRose

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My two dogs bark at everything that passes by our house and the guinea pigs are in the next room. They are not even phased by the barking. I guess 3 of them were born right into the noise so they don’t know any different (I unknowingly bought a pregnant piggy from a pet store). It’s funny, the barking doesn’t scare them but if I sneeze in their room they freak out!
 

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My piggies have never been affected by my mums dog barking when they have been here so hopefully you will be alright. Please though do not let your dog and piggies meet even on a supervised basis. We had a member that learned this the hard way when all of a sudden the dog turned round and bit the piggy! Don't forget these are animals and even the most docile still has underlying instincts that we can't control and by the time we intervene the damage is already done
 

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My previous 4 pigs weren’t bothered in the slightest by my dogs barking. My current three are now used to the hoover, the smoke alarm, the (very loud) motorbike and a whole array of power tools, but a hiccup will send them scurrying for cover!
 

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My piggies and now my rabbits are totally oblivious to the dogs barking, and they can bark a lot! At first it did startle them but within a few days they got used to it.
 

Durcheinander

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Thank you for your replies, everyone :) it really helped reassure us
 

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Just to add that my guinea pigs are all perfectly fine with the dogs barking. I have two dogs who enjoy barking whenever the dorbell goes, a car parks near by, they hear a fox, they hear a noise they dont recognise, etc!
 
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