Archive for January, 2010

Creating the Right Toilet For Your Potbelly Pig

January 29, 2010

You went out and bought the right food, toys, and bedding for your potbelly piglet and so you think you are done. Wait a minute! Your potbelly pig needs a proper place to use the bathroom.  If you think you are just going to let your potbelly pig outside to use the bathroom and wait for it to return afterward, then you are mistaken. It is not a dog. Here are a few items your piggy can use when it has to, um, go.

  • Your potbelly pig can use a litter box that is shallow. This is ideal because potbelly pigs do not have long legs, so they need to climb into it without getting hurt. Also make sure the litter box is long. You don’t want you pig to miss!
  • You can use a kids swimming pool for your potbelly pig. Make sure it is shallow enough for your pig to enter easily or cut a “doorway” large enough for your piggy to enter and exit without hurting itself.
  • Your potbelly pig can use a SUV cargo tray. These trays are shallow and large enough to fit most adult potbelly pigs. You can use this for your potbelly piglet now and still be able to use it when your potbelly becomes bigger.

You can fill your potbelly pig’s toilet with newspaper or wood chips. If you want to use sand or soil just remember that this can become messy.

Now if you want to train your potbelly pig to use the bathroom outside, then you need to stay with it while it goes outside. Never leave your potbelly pig unattended outside since it is a likely target for other wild and domesticated animals.

When you take your potbelly pig outside make sure it is in an harness unless you have a fenced in area. When using a harness make sure it is made out of cotton or other soft materials. You do not want to cause sores on your pig. If you have an enclosed area examine it to make sure there are no structural weaknesses that will allow animals in to your yard or will allow your pig to leave it.

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Training a Potbelly Pig with a Harness

January 20, 2010

Choose the right potbelly pig harness.

A potbelly pig owner spotted their neighbor walking his potbelly pig in his front yard with a harness. And of course the person thought, how cute, that would be perfect for my potbelly pig! So this person rushed home and hopped on the Internet to find information about potbelly pig harnesses and they stumbled across this blog.

Before one goes out and buys a pig harness for their little piggy one needs to read this blog to find out three things:

  1. Socialize the potbelly pig – A potbelly pig needs to be socialized before it can be put in an harness. A potbelly pig that is not used to being around people will not behave in a harness. An owner will also cause a lot of stress on the pig and that could lead to serious health problems. So make sure the potbelly pig can handle being around strangers before taking  it outside in an harness.
  2. Measure the potbelly pig – That’s right. Potbelly pigs come in different sizes so make sure the size of the potbelly pig is known. The owner doesn’t want to spend money on a harness that doesn’t fit the potbelly pig. The owner certainly doesn’t want to put a harness on the potbelly pig, which is too tight or too loose because that could seriously injure or kill the potbelly pig. Use a measuring tape to find out the size of the pig’s neck and girth behind the front legs.
  3. Choose style of potbelly pig harness – There are two types of harnesses for potbelly pigs. An H-style potbelly pig harness goes around the neck and girth. An A-style potbelly pig harness fits over the head and comes together around the back of the front legs. The owner should look at both styles and decide which one is best for the potbelly pig. Be aware that both work well, but everyone has their own preference.

We would appreciate it if readers would tell us about their experiences with potbelly pig harnesses.

Let Us Give TLC to Your Potbelly Pig

January 6, 2010
Potbelly pig daycare maintains pigs' mental and physical health.

Potbelly pig daycare maintains pigs' mental and physical health.

Your potbelly pig needs personal attention when you are away from work to maintain its mental and physical health. When you choose PBPTLC potbelly pig for daycare your pot belly will receive daily exercise and socialization with humans and other animals. 

The benefits of enrolling your potbelly pig into PBPTLC daycare are vast. We will teach your potbelly pig new tricks and how to interact with other house animals to make it a better pet. When you pick up your pig after an exhausting day at work, you will notice that your pig will be ready to relax with you. We will exercise your potbelly pig so that he or she is ready for dinner and a long nap. 

All of this may sound too good to be true, but it is true and it is inexpensive. We offer great deals that allow our customers to leave their potbelly pig with us for multiple days at a time and we are even open during the weekends. Let us take care of your potbelly pig when you don’t have the time to.