Posts Tagged ‘pot belly pig’

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.

Stairs VS Ramps: Which is Best for Your Pot Belly Pig? (Part 1)

December 3, 2010

You may consider building a ramp for your pot belly pig instead of hoping he/she can tackle the stairs. Photo courtesy of: MegaHowTo.com.

When many people bring their first pot belly pig home, they have to “pig-proof” their house to ensure their pot belly pig stays out of trouble. One thing you may not think about is stairs. Some pot belly pigs have no trouble with stairs, especially when they are younger. However, perhaps after reading this, you’ll consider buying or making a ramp, because they are much better for your pot belly pig in the long run. Here are the pros and cons of stairs.

Stairs:
Pros:

  • If your pot belly pig can go up and down stairs easily, you don’t have to alter your home or buy any new supplies in order for your pig to get around.
  • If you decide to let your pot belly pig go up and down stairs, you don’t have to go through the training process of teaching him/her to use a ramp.
  • Young pot belly pigs that aren’t overweight often have no problem using stairs.

Cons:

  • As your pot belly pig gets older, or gains weight, it can be difficult to for them to see stairs in front of them, which could cause an accident.
  • Very overweight pigs won’t be able to use stairs at all.
  • Using the stairs can put a huge stress on your pot belly pig’s joints. This can cause hairline-size cracks at the elbow joints which can cause your pig to lose its footing and fall, which can result in a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve is extremely painful for a pig, and could result in permanent damage.
  • If pigs are climbing stairs, they may get daring and start to leap off the last step or jump on and off furniture. This could not only cause a pinched nerve, but also a broken leg or back.
  • Pigs do not climb or jump in the wild, so by nature, they aren’t meant to climb stairs.

As you can see, the cons far out weigh the pros. Stay tuned for next week as we weigh the pros and cons of ramps for your pot belly pig.

Festive Pot Belly Pig Costume Ideas Part 2

October 15, 2010

Get your pot belly pig in the Halloween spirit by making it a costume! Photo courtesy of Yoga-Mitrin.com.

How To Make Your Own Halloween Costumes for Pets

Pet costumes are becoming more and more popular. If you shop at the right stores, you can still get costumes pretty cheap, but sometimes it’s easier to make your own.

The first step into making the perfect costume for your pot belly pig is to brainstorm with your families for ideas of what kind of costume. Do you a fairy costume? Do you want your pot belly pig to look like a super hero? Be creative, and think of pieces that can work for each element of the costume. If you want a fairy, you are going to have to think of something you can use for wings, or if you can’t think of anything, you might have to change your costume. If you are thinking about doing a fairy for your pig (or even for a human) you can use this tutorial on YouTube.

The next step after deciding on the outfit and planning out pieces that can work for each element, is to find the costume pieces. If you measure your pot belly pig, you can find some clothes at consignment shops for kids that might fit. Depending on whether it is a girl pet or a boy pig, you can check the different kid sections at Goodwill for cheaper prices. If you have a tricky piece, you can find more tutorials on YouTube.

If you decided on a fairy, you can use the YouTube tutorial above for the wings, and you can try to find a pink short sleeve shirt in the girls section, and if you can find one, a pink tutu. If you can’t find a pink tutu, can try to find a matching skirt. Try to avoid pants and shorts for costumes because it may not fit your pet right if you are looking at human clothes. Even if you don’t have a bottom, the costume will still look great.

Another idea for a pet costume that will suit a boy pet better than a fairy, is a super hero! You can try and find old batman or superman pajamas at a consignment shop. If you can’t find any, a black short sleeved shirt will still look great. For a cape, you can buy a small amount of material and an extra collar, and sew the material onto the collar. You can cut a zig zag design on the end to make it more interesting. Use fabric paint to write something on the cape, like “Super Pig” or “SuperBuddy” (if your pig’s name is Buddy).

Making a pet costume is a fun family way to bond with each other. All you need is a little creativity. Most of the ideas you come up with will definitely be under $20, or if planned right, under $10.

This original article was written by Rachel Berkley for AssociatedContent.com.