Pigs are very clever, and your pot bellied pig can be house trained with a little patience and lots of treats.
Time Required: variable
- Initially confine your pig to a small area when not directly supervising him or her.
- Take the pig outside frequently (every 2 hours), and especially upon waking and after meals.
- Come up with a command to use when you want your pig to urinate or defecate e.g. 'Do your stuff.'
- When the pig urinates or defecates outside, use lots of praise and a give a bite of its favorite treat.
- Establish a routine for eating and going outside, which will help your pig understand the idea of going outside to eliminate.
- If your pig has an accident in the house, say 'no' firmly and take him or her outside immediately, but only if caught in the act. Do not punish your pig!
- Supervise the pig and limit his/her access to the house by closing doors and using baby gates until reliably trained.
- When leaving the house, confine your pig to a small room with a baby gate. Try to avoid using newspapers on the floor or the pig may get confused.
- When a pig has an accident in the house, clean the soiled area well with vinegar or commercial pet stain/odor remover.
- If your pig starts having accidents once training is underway, back up and start with confinement and supervision again.
- Your pig will respond best to rewards for success. Give your pig lots of opportunities to go outside, and lots of praise and rewards for success.
- Spaying and neutering, in addition to health and other behavior benefits, will decrease marking behavior and make house training easier.
- Lots of patience on your part may be required, but should be rewarded with a well-trained pig!