Archive for November, 2009

Where to Find Healthy Potbelly Pigs

November 20, 2009

Ask about Potbelly pig care from a breeder

You have done the proper research on care of potbelly pigs, because you want your pet potbelly to live a long and healthy life in your home. After doing that extensive research on potbelly pig care, ironically you don’t know where to buy one or what to look for when buying one. Well, guess what you have to do now… more research.

Don’t get frustrated now that you are so close at getting that little piglet you’ve always wanted. All you need to do for this step is look at the different sources of where you can get potbelly pigs:

  • Local Newspapers
    Look under the miscellaneous animals or exotic animals section
  • Potbelly Pig Registries
    Write to or call pig registries and ask for names and addresses of local breeders
  • Local Pet Stores or Feed Stores
    Even if they don’t sell potbelly pigs they may know where you can buy one

When you find where you can buy potbelly pigs in your area, now comes the fun part – research. If the seller has a Web site it is a good idea to check it out. If the seller doesn’t have a Web site, it is an excellent idea to call around to see if the breeder has a reputation. You should look into the seller’s records of immunization, vaccinations and de-worming.

Some breeders may boast that they won awards, you should look into seeing if that is actually true by looking into the association or whoever granted the awards.

When you come closer to finding a potbelly pig seller, you should ask about the history of the parents and ask if you can see them when you visit the seller.

When you decide to visit the potbelly pig seller you should examine the potbelly pigs environment to make sure it is clean. You should also examine the pigs eyes to make sure they are clear and examine the skin to make sure it is healthy. Pay attention to the pigs behavior as well to make sure it has been properly socialized. Examining the potbelly pig thoroughly before you buy it will save you vet bills or a trip back to the seller for a refund, it the seller offers one.

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7 Steps of Positive Reinforcement When Training Pot Bellies

November 13, 2009

It is a fact that pot bellies are the fourth smartest animals in the world, so when pot bellies owners realize this fact some may expect too much from their pot belly too quickly during training. These owners may become frustrated with their pot belly during training and not follow the proper steps when training its such as making sure their pot belly trusts them before training. They do not realize or in their excitement have forgotten that their pot belly is a prey animal, unlike dogs and cats, and therefore by nature are resist to forceful behavior.

Here are seven steps of positive reinforcement a pot belly owner should use when training their pot belly:

1. Use a small amount of food to reward the pig when it does something desirable
2. Make sure the pig is moderately hungry before training
3. Keep the number of treats moderate
4. Aim to train the pig to do a trick that is a modified natural behavior
5. Realize the physical limitations of the pig when training; pigs cannot roll over
6. Remain patient, kind and fair at all times
7. Never train more than one pig at a time

Will Your Local Government Let You Own A Pig?

November 6, 2009

 

Know your city's ordinances about owning a pot bellied pig.

You want to buy a cute little piglet to keep in your backyard because ever since you read Charlotte’s Web you’ve been fascinated with having a little Wilbur of your own. But, before you can start hanging up signs on your property that say “some pig” you need to find out if your city ordinances will let you have a potbelly pig.

According to “The Complete Guide for the Care and Training of Pet Potbellied Pigs,” zoning has always been an issue affecting potbelly pig owners across the nation. So before you buy a pig find out if you are first required to regisiter the pig by a registered potbelly pig registry and if it needs to be spayed or neutered before it can be brought home. Some city ordinances mandate the pig be a certain size, the number of pigs that can be owned per family, the square footage of the backyard, how close the pig’s area is to the neighbor’s property, annual vaccinations and licensing fees.

The last thing you want is to get in trouble with city hall and be slapped with fines or being forced to get rid of your potbelly pig. If you do not know your city ordinances on potbelly pigs, then contact your city hall or local animal control agency and you will be on your way of becoming a “terrific” pig owner.