Preparing your home

Hamlet
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Congratulations! It is almost time for your newest family member to arrive.
Now is the time to pig proof your house. Taking the time to pig proof the home now will make it easier for you and your pet pig.
To start with, designate a small area for your pig. A bathroom or laundry room will work well. For the first 3 – 4 weeks, this will be where you and your piggy spend your time bonding. It will take most pigs 4 weeks to get accustomed to you, their new house, and the facilities.

The Mini Pig Farm has already began litter training and crate training for your pet pig. This should help in the transition, just be patient with your little porker.

Pigs are curious, fun loving animals that like to explore. They use their noses(snout) to lift, push, and dig. With this in mind, move any objects at ground level that your pig might get into. The clothes hamper for example, could make a great toy and end up in a new location daily. Or even overturned with your good clothes being used for a bed. With this in mind, also think of any chemicals that may be overturned when a low cabinet door
is snouted open.

For those of you who purchased a pig from Mini Pig Farm, your piggy will arrive with a crate so there is no need to buy one yet. The crate is your pigs safe haven and when he/she is scared or tired they will retreat to their crate. This will also be useful when you need to correct behavioral problems. Many of us have other animals in the house such as dogs and cats. Most pigs will get used to their presence but it is wise to get your pig acquainted with the 2 legged family members first. Be sure the pigs room is safe and comfortable. Keep the dogs out, as they have a chase instinct, while your pet pig has a flight instinct. This will only make the transition into your home take longer.