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We bought the two of your male pigs back in April, one was black and grey and one was pink. Back when we got them I told them I would email and send pictures and I’m so sorry I never did. As you can imagine the two little guys have kept us quite busy.
Their both doing great! They both can sit on command, are completely house trained, and almost completely leash trained (although we haven’t tried taking them anywhere but around our property) We thought at first that the pink one was just naughty, but later we realized he is at least partly deaf and since we figured that out we’ve adjusted our training method and he’s doing great.

 

 


Miniature pigs need security

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The Need For Confinement

Previously, I mentioned setting up an area to confine your pig. While this may sound cruel, it is in fact essential to the long term well being of your pig and your sanity. For the first few weeks, confinement will make your pig more secure and less frightened. It will also help in the beginning stages of training. This is the area you will interact with your pig until he/she learns to come to you and is comfortable with you touching them.

When you need your pets out from underfoot, there’s nothing better than knowing they’re content. This sturdy, plastic pen is high enough to prevent rambunctious animals from climbing out and strong enough to stay put. Plenty of air and light in this square pen eliminate the feeling of  isolation some other pens have. Perfect for play or training, indoors or out. Features: Perfect for small and medium sized pets Sturdy, commercial grade plastic.

Easy to assemble and disassemble. This is what we use for our babies


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Preparing your home

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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.