Freya and Ellie aren’t very fond of floortime because they don’t like open spaces, but I know it’s a very important part of their routine so even if they don’t like it, I try to put them on the floor and let them explore their surroundings. I usually do this at times when they are most active, so that they will be encouraged to move around. They still don’t move around that much, though, even if I bribed them with vegetables. One night, I found out how to get them up and moving in open spaces: placing newspapers and/or rugs in the spaces where they’re meant to play.
I discovered this by accident; I only put down the newspapers on the floor so that it would be easy for me to dispose of their poop and leftover hay, but then I realized that they weren’t going to the places with no newspaper. So that was the trick for them! Now I don’t know why it took me this long to figure it out.
I was so happy with this discovery that I repeated it the next night, with great results! Finally, an easier way to get them to exercise in a larger space! Before, I always had to set up a [very heavy] playpen in the room they’re using, and line it with newspapers and fleece. Maybe that’s how they got used to the idea of playing only in the spaces with newspaper.
Now I’ll try an even larger area for the girls. If everything goes well (and if they don’t make a mess), we can soon allot a longer time for floortime (I’m currently doing two hours, the longer the better though!). My family has been considering free-ranging them, but I still don’t know if it’s going to work; after all, no matter how trained they are there will always be “accidents” on the floor. Haha! That’s just the way they are so we’ll stick to floortime for now.
Do you also have difficulty getting your piggies to move during floortime? Or are you lucky enough to have guinea pigs who are eager to exercise? Feel free to share your comments!