It may be surprising to some animal lovers, and even some piggy parents, but guinea pigs do indeed know their name. In our last YouTube Vlog, there were a few times that I called out to Tofu. While I was calling out to Tofu, Dumpling did not react at all. However, when I call out to Dumpling, she quickly turns her attention to me. I do this a few times throughout filming, and even call out to her from far away to which she wheeks back at me immediately, responding. Soon after I call her again, she runs towards me from a different room.
I also think it's interesting to note the way guinea pigs acknowledge me and even each other. While I was filming, I also noticed that while I was calling out to Dumpling, I turned the camera to see Tofu observing me. I was very intrigued by the way she was interested in the way I interacted with Dumpling, and that she knew that I wasn’t calling her.
Many piggy parents always ask me how I do it for them to learn their own name. I always say it’s all about patience and consistency. When you call your guinea pig out to you, always reward them with a GuineaDad Pea Flake. I think its also important to mention to increase distance little by little every time you practice this with them. When you do this multiple times, your guinea pigs will recognize the pattern when you call out to them. When I first got Dumpling, she took a little while to learn things compared to Tofu and Peanut. All it takes is a little patience and love, and they’ll get the hang of it eventually.