6 Tips for Training Your Pot Belly Pig

Training a pot belly pig is simple. Contrary to popular belief, these animals are extremely intelligent and have a strong will to learn. Because pot belly pigs are drawn to food, they will do whatever it takes to fill their bellies. By having patience and developing a strong bond with the animal, your pig can be trained in no time at all.

Here are 6 tips to follow when training your pot belly pig.

  1. Gain your pig’s trust. You can’t expect your pet to learn anything from you if he cannot confide in you. Allow the pig to adjust to you and your surroundings before you start any lessons.
  2. Determine the objective of  your lessons. Figure out what tricks or commands you want your pig to learn. Pigs can learn many tricks, from shaking hands to sitting. You can also tame your pig or teach him to use the bathroom upon your command.
  3. Choose the right time to train. Pigs pick up information best when they are alert and interested in what you have to say. Don’t force lessons on your pig, because their stubborn nature will cause them to resist your commands.
  4. Use commands. Pigs have the capacity to pick up on hundreds of words. When training, use one or two-word commands so your pig can make a distinction between them.
  5. Use treats to reward your pig. Give your pot belly pig a treat every time he successfully obeys your command. After the initial reward, only treat your pig after he has obeyed several commands. The objective is to get your pig to obey you without being rewarded with a treat.
  6. Limit the size of your treats. Use small, healthy treats like grapes and Cheerios to reward your pot belly pig for being obedient.

Throughout the training process, remember to keep lessons short (about 3 to 5 minutes), so you will keep your pot belly pig engaged and avoid any frustrations that may develop along the way.

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