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Leash Training Teacup Pigs
How To Train Your Teacup Pig To Use A Leash and Harness
Being trained to not only use, but to be comfortable using a harness and leash, is an invaluable skill for every teacup pig and owner. Leash laws are enforced in most urban and residential areas these days, and it's very important to be able to control your pig in public.
Is My Pig Ready For A Harness?
This is the first question you need to ask yourself before you start leash training your pig. Specifically, you should ask if they’re big enough for a harness, and if they’re comfortable enough with you to let you put one on them. Young teacup pigs can be very small, and often won’t fit into some harnesses. A harness that is overly loose or too tight can actually injure your pet, and nobody wants that.
If they can fit into a harness, is your relationship with your piggy at a point were they will accept having one put on them? Pigs, like people, all have different personalities, and some are more trustworthy than others. Unless your piggy is comfortable with you touching him or her, getting a harness on them will ultimately be self-defeating.
Selecting A Leash And Harness
Next, you need to select the right harness and leash for your pet. There are a couple different types of harnesses that you can get and they are all fine as long as you have them fit your pig properly. Take the time to look at the different harnesses, and remember to measure your pig so that the harness you choose will fit them snugly, but isn’t tight.
As far as leashes go, you have a wide variety to choose from. Just keep in mind that you want something that will give your piggy room to move around, but not let them have too much slack.
Getting The Harness On
I mention this a lot, but it bears repeating; all pigs are different. Some are fine with being harnessed, and some flat-out don't like it. It always helps to give them time to get used to the harness. Leave it around for them to play with for a while, or (since piggys LOVE food) feed them while introducing it to them.
When they're comfortable around it, put it on them gently. Never force the harness on the pig. If they don't like it, give them more time to get acclimated to it. Let them walk around for a bit so that they can get used to having it on them (and make sure that it doesn't interfere with their legs' range of motion).
Walking Your Pig!
So, your pig is harnessed? Congratulations, most of the hard work is done. Now you just need to get your pig walking along with you on the leash. Grab your bag of piggy treats and head out. When the pig follows along with you, give him a treat. When it starts to stray, use a treat to lure it back and once it’s walking by your side, feed them. Just remember never to pull, tug, or yell at your piggy. Food and kindness are your best friends when training.