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Pet Pig Books Reviewed


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I finally finished reading all three of the book that I have found about pet pigs. Even though some people refer to pet pigs by different names, like teacup pigs, micro pigs, mini pot bellied pigs and so on, they are ultimately the same thing, a pet pig.

Prescilla Valentine

The first book, and I have to say my favorite is by Priscilla Valentine. You may also know her as the mom to Nellie,who she claims was the World’s smartest pig. I have to admit, she is one of the reason that I wanted a pet pig to begin with. Watching her videos on YouTube ( which you can see by clicking here), made me want to run right out and get my own so that I could train it  to be just like Nellie. Unfortunately, like many other people out there, I didn’t learn enough BEFORE I got my pig, so I ran in to some behavior problems. When I was about to give up, I noticed that Priscilla had a book for sale on Amazon called “Potbellied Pig Behavior and Training: A Complete Guide for Solving Behavioral Problems in Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs, Revised Edition“. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book because all of the problems I was having at the time was answered in just a few pages.

 

What you will find in Priscilla Valentine’s book Potbellied Pig Behavior and Training” 

Part I

  • Vietnamese Potbellied Pig Behavior
  • Choosing the right pet pig
  • Bringing Home the new pig
  • there’s a pig in my house
  • Pig programming, simple and fun
  • The pig programming philosophy
  • Obedience and training basics
  • Teaching beginning tricks
  • Intermediate and advanced tricks
  • Aggressive behavior in house pigs
  • The ten-step program to discouraging Aggressive behavior
  • Shaping yous pet pig’s behavior

Part 2

  • Pig Behavioral problems from A to Z   

This section is my favorite and I have gone back to it over and over again through the years. I use the information that I have learned from this book to help so many people with their problems. Priscilla actually take real emails that she received from people and answers the questions in this section.

You can purchase this book from Amazon by clicking the button below

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For those of you that like to read on your computer or tablet then I would suggest the following  two eBooks.

cover200First I would like to bring your attention to the eBook entitled ” Pot belly Pig Secrets”  This book is available in .pdf, .epub and .mobi file formats.

One of the reasons I chose this one as my favorite eBook because the writing style is very enjoyable. The information in this book is pretty spot on as far as having a potbellied pig in you house or in your yard. The only thing that I found wrong here was that fact that it was written in 2009. There have been some updates in the breeds of pigs ( or at least what people have named them) but the information  in this book is fact.  Taking care of a pig has not changed so don’t let that deter you from purchasing the Pot Belly Secrets book.

 

What you will find in Sean O’Cluimhan’s book,Pot Belly Secrets

  • Origins of the Potbellied Pig
  • Things to Consider before buying a Piglet
  • Buying your Potbellied Pig
  • Basic Car Instructions
  • Piggy Tricks
  • Aggression
  • Other Common Problems
  • Medical Care

Sean touches on the different breeds in the USA and UK, providing pictures so that you can see the differences between them.  This is very important when you start looking for a pet pig because the look you see on those cute little faces will not be the same when they get bigger.  Too many people have the idea that their pig will stay tiny and  be able to control. But in reality, if you do not get some kind of training instructions, you will not want to deal with your new pig when he/she starts misbehaving.

You can tell this book is a bit old (2009) when he starts talking about the prices that you would expect to pay for your new piglet. Even though he prices them between 200-400, I believe that you can still find one in that price range if you look for breeders that are not just out there for the money. Like me, Sean seems to have a love or pigs and any breeder out there with the same feelings will not rip you off for thousands of dollars and promise that you will have a 10-15 lb pig when it is full grown.

I really like the fact that Sean is “In your face” about some of the costs and care involved  with  a pet pig.  He really wants to educate people before they make that 12-15 year commitment. Beyond providing information in his book, he has some pretty good articles on his site as well.  To visit Sean’s website and get more information about the book, click the “Buy This Book NOW” button below. You do not have to purchase this book from the link, this actually takes you to the Pot Belly Pig Secrets website.

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The final book that I would like to review is called ” Micro Pigs Or Teacup Pigs Complete Owner’s Guide

micro pig ebook cover480x640This book was published in 2011 by IMB Publishing and written by Elliot Lang.  I really enjoyed reading this book as well. It is packed full of information so lengthy that I can only touch on a few of the subjects included.  This is a guide for everything pigs for sure from picking a pig that you would like to breeding and caring for an older pig. You can tell by reading this book that he did tons of research and is very educated in pig farming.

I live in the US so I don’t understand nor have to abide by some of the laws that are indicated in this book, but if you are in the UK, you should really get this book because Elliot has a total understanding of the laws that are in place there.

Now with that being said, This book has  169 page of information that will help anyone learn how to train, care, and pamper their pet pig no matter how old it is.  Elliot gives you the pros and cons to owning a pet pig and he also goes over the history of the breed itself. As he refers to them as “MicroPigs“, I refer to them as pet pigs because there has become so many different name for them that one can hardly keep up. But ultimately they are “Pet Pigs” right? So even though we in the US refer to Micro Pigs as the tiniest of breeds, I guess the UK thinks of MicroPigs as a small pig, so don’t get confused.

 

Learning the origin of the pet pig may not seem important to most of you, since you really want one and it doesn’t matter where they came from,but it really is detrimental in understanding why your cute little bundle of joy is getting bigger than you were told it would be. Once you learn more about the species, you will know what questions to ask your breeder before you buy a pig from them. If you stump them and they really don’t know the answers to your questions, then move on and find another breeder.

I have to admit, I did learn a lot from this book, but I was expecting to see a ton of cute mini pig pictures and instead I found that a few of the pictures in this book were of standard breeds of  pigs ( Yorkshire, Hampshire,etc..)  in places where he talked about “MicroPigs”. My concern is that this might confuse some people and they might think that they are buying a mini pig and it turns out to be a fun grown farm pig at min. 500lbs.

Overall though, I have to give this book a  pretty high rating because the way he tells you what to expect when you get your new pig home. The first 5 days are pretty important for both you and your new piglet, so having a guide to tell you what to expect on Day 1 all  the way to Day 5 is a great help.

Included is a shopping list for your pig which includes the follow ( he goes in to detail about each one):

  • Travel Crate
  • Food and Water
  • Harness
  • Leash
  • Straw/Bedding
  • Litter Box
  • Treats

So without giving you the entire book and getting Elliot mad at me, I will close this post with a link to his book. Please click the button at the bottom if you would like to purchase  “Micro Pigs Or Teacup Pigs Complete Owner’s Guide

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Although I do receive a small advertising commission on the  books above, I have provided you with my true feelings about them. I hope it helps. 

About Brenda

I am the owner and operator of Mini Pig Farm as well as PigGear.
I no longer breed mini pigs, but I still have 4 of my own.
I started making pig harnesses in 2010 when I couldn't find a harness that fit right. PigGear was created when my mini pig customers needed a bigger size harness when their baby grew out of the one I provided to them.

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