FARM ANIMALS – Potbellied Pigs
Potbellied pigs can make wonderful companion animals, but they aren’t the right pet for everyone. Some people equate having a pig with having a dog. And while the species share some characteristics, such as their social and playful nature, pigs do still have a unique set of behaviors. Pigs are very intelligent and trainable. They can be house trained, learn to walk on a leash, and even perform some tricks. However, they are generally a bit headstrong and sensitive. A person must earn their cooperation through lots of positive reinforcement, especially treats. A pig’s intelligence means it will become bored and potentially destructive easily when it doesn’t have enough activities and social interaction. Pigs can form close bonds with humans. They also can learn to coexist peacefully with other animals in the house, especially when raised together from a young age. Some people adopt a pet pig without fully educating themselves about the behavior and care requirements of these intelligent animals. As a consequence, potbellied pigs are surrendered to shelters and sanctuaries all over the country, not only for being a “teacup” or “mini” pig who grew too large, but for medical, circumstantial and behavioral issues. Potbellied pigs are smart and emotional animals who can enjoy human companionship. but they still require pig companions and need to spend lots of time outdoors. They need caregivers who are knowledgeable about their care and behavior, and are committed to providing them with tender loving care and mental stimulation.