In this video Marvin is both playing with, and teaching Romeo. It is very important that pet capybaras experience life as they would in the wild if they are to be happy and socially well adjusted.
In the wild capybaras spar and play fight and thoroughly enjoy themselves. As with all play in the wild, there is a useful purpose behind the play fighting; i.e. to train capybaras to defend themselves. Many pet capybaras do not enjoy this very important social behaviour, either because their owners do not know how to go about this form of playing/training, or because their owners do not feel strong enough to take on a capybara.
Capybaras are highly intelligent and extremely social. It is essential that they get brought up with discipline, which of course forms the basis of love. Like all 'children', young capybaras need to be taught which forms of behaviour are acceptable and which are not. And of course they should always be rewarded for good behaviour, preferably not with food and definitely not with anything sweet or with junk food. As capybaras are so intelligent and can understand completely the meaning behind the different tones of voice a human uses, praising them verbally makes them feel very good. There is no need to give them potentially harmful food, and it is much better if they don't indulge in good behaviour simply for a food reward.
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sparring part 2