Don't be nervous if your guinea pig won't let you pick them up during the first few months after their adoption. Even after two years, sometimes my shy guinea pig runs away at even the most gentle approaches. So, it really depends on your guinea pig's personality; that may determine how quickly they adapt to getting handled. At first, just try petting your guinea pigs until you feel comfortable picking them up. And keep in mind they very, very rarely bite.
So, here's a gentle, easy, step-by-step way to pick up your guinea pig:
Here we have Poppy demonstrating the proper handling of guinea pigs. Make sure the guinea pig is calm and alert. It should be aware that you are there. I always wave my hand in front of their eyes so they will not be scared if I reach in and touch them. Sometimes, I stroke them a few seconds before I pick them up and that seems to help.
The next thing you need to do is gently slide one hand underneath the pig's chest. Place your other hand on top of the lower half of the guinea pig's body.
Now, carefully start to lift the guinea pig as quick as you can without scaring it. Continue the firm grip (but don't squeeze) until you bring your guinea pig to your chest or lap.
Once your guinea pig is against you, support the bottom very lightly. The other place that needs more support is the chest, just under the front legs. Don't squeeze under there or hold tightly; firmly, but gently. The position shown in the picture is just one style of holding a guinea pig. This style is generally used most often when you need to carry a guinea pig a short distance, or you are showing it to somebody.
1. Guinea pigs love to be held like this! Place a hand gently on the back, and one on the bottom. It's the most comfortable way to handle a guinea pig (for both of you). Use this style when you plan on holding your guinea pig for a while and want to stroke it.