Did you know that Point Cook Dog Training & Day Care runs piglet classes?
Pigs are just as intelligent as dogs, if not more.
And did you know that piglets need just as much training as puppies?
Owning a pet pig is becoming more and more popular now especially since the smaller varieties started appearing. Whether you have a country property, live on the suburban fringes in Melbourne** or have a large enough back yard, pet pigs can actually fit right in. They can also happily live in a household with other animal species, dogs included!
Owning a pet pig comes with a particular responsibility as they are a little different to dogs. Their need for environmental enrichment is extremely important as they are very inquisitive and can be very destructive if bored. They love problem solving so keeping their minds busy is crucial or behavioural problems can set in and they do get quite big still so training is necessary.
I did mention pigs are smaller now but they still hit a hefty 100kg and that is small for a pig. Pot belly pigs do not exist in Australia as they are a Cambodian species and are not allowed into our country. The variety we have here is your usual pig except that breeders have downsized them a bit. But they come in a groovy array of colours from pink to black, brown, orange and even spotty!
Socialisation is a must if your pig is going to live in a home with people, children and other animals as they need to learn manners, to be friendly, to not be fearful and to manageable.
Piglets can join our puppy classes as they do exceptionally well in that environment and pups tend to find them interesting yet they interact with them much the same way they do with other pups.
**Before purchasing a piglet, please check with your council if you are permitted to have one and if there is a limit to how many.
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