Posts Tagged ‘pot belly pig ownership’

How to Properly Raise a Pot Belly Pig

February 21, 2011

Although it may be trendy to own a pot belly pig, raising one can be quite the challenge. Unlike typical household pets, pot belly pigs can have a long life span. Therefore, you must be willing to make a long term commitment to ensure your pig is raised well.

If you choose to own a pot belly pig….

  • Check your local laws and ordinances to make sure your new pet is welcome in the area.
  • Buy pig feed containing 12-14 percent of protein, and give it to your pig twice a day.
  • Create a separate area for your pot belly pig, away from all other animals. Allow your pot belly pig to roam around in a safe, enclosed area.
  • Remember a pot bellied pig is like having a three year old – all the time!

6 Tips for Training Your Pot Belly Pig

February 14, 2011

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.

How to Avoid the Worst 5 Household Dangers While Pet Sitting

January 28, 2011

Cleveland pet owners always want to keep their furry companions safe. When pet sitting, it is important to keep your animals away from hazards around the house. By making sure potential dangers are out of reach, unwanted injuries can easily be prevented as well as avoiding the risk of accidental poisoning.

No matter what techniques you use while pet sitting in Cleveland, these tips will ensure that pets stay safe when roaming through your home.

1. Keep the washer/dryer doors closed when not in use. Many animals love to lounge in the warm, enclosed spaces of these appliances. Be sure to close the doors so your pet won’t be tempted to crawl inside.

2. Remove tags/collars when placing the pet in a wire crate. Oftentimes, pet tags and collars can get stuck in the wire bars. Be sure not to place the tag on top of the crate, since your pet may be inclined to grab it and use it as a chew toy.

3. Cover all power strips and open outlets. This will prevent pets from licking or playing with the exposed outlets.

4. Cover all floor vents. Make sure vents are tightly fastened to the floor, and wrap them up in several layers of net. This will ensure your pets don’t burn their paws when stepping on these surfaces.

5. Keep toilet lids closed. Small pets may decide to explore your bathroom and try to hop in the toilet or drink the water. By making sure the lid is shut at all times, you will save your little companion from drowning.

Follow these simple tips, so your home or the home where you are pet sitting will be a safer environment.