Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pot Bellied Pig care

We have a pot bellied pig so I thought it appropriate to post a small amout of information on them here in the pet care section. Always remember it is important to house you pig (if outdoors) where he can stay warm in the winter, and keep cool in the summer as pigs can not release heat. They usually need a  puddle of some kind to wallo in (this keeps them cool as well as provides a protection from insects) Also pigs should not eat chocolate or have very much salt as they can not rid themselves of it.

Pot bellied pigs have individual personalities, but many piglets do not like to be touched much, or held.
Usually, they grow to enjoy being near the people they bond with, and like to be touching them or sitting in their laps. However, piglets can be quite aloof or fearful at first, especially if they have not been well socialized by their breeder.
 Even well socialized pigs may take a while to learn to transfer trust to a new owner. When you bring a young pig home, you first need to gain the piglets trust in order to have it accept handling readily, then work on training basic behaviors (such as leash walking, house training) and being able to restrain the pig so necessary grooming and medical care can be done as needed. Although most pigs quickly outgrow being picked up, it is worthwhile to get them used to being picked up as they will be more willing to be handled and restrained if you are able to gain their trust enough to be able to pick them up.

A note about any sort of training with a pig: positive reinforcement is the key to success.
They won't respond to force or punishment very well at all. To a pig, the most obvious kind of positive reinforcement is food, remembering that most pigs will be happy to work for small tidbits such as raisins, small pieces of apple or other fruit, or even pieces of their regular ration.
When you are trying to tame a stubborn piglet, you may even want to hand feed all their food, since the quickest way to a pig's heart is through his stomach.
However, obesity is a common problem, so keep treat foods to a minimum and make sure you are not overfeeding your pig by feeding full meals and supplementing with extra food for training.HERE



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