Having a hard time training your pig to walk? Here are 5 tips that can help you get your pig to strut its stuff!
Not only does this give your pig a shiny show day ready appearance, it gets your pig used to you. Start slow, it may take a few days to a week for your pig to calm down. Soon enough your pig will be rolling over, wanting his daily brushing!
Find a treat your pig will like. Some give marshmallows, cookies or nutter butters; but you may find another treat that works just as well. Giving your pigs random treats will make it excited to see you.
3. Play Music
Playing music in the barn will help your pig get used to speakers and random noises. Play your favorite tunes when you are in the barn, but change the station and position of the radio when you leave so your pig can hear a different tune coming from a different direction.
Start with slow and short walks. Getting your pig out of the barn may not be easy at first, so once you get him out, let it walk around the front lawn for 5 min while you brush on it. Add a few min. everyday or when you feel your pig is ready for the time to increase. Soon, your pig will trust you and be ready for long walks around the barnyard.
Once you have your pig walking freely, make an obstacle course with flags, poles, barrels or other objects for you to walk your pig through and around. Once you have conquered this, you will be a pair unfazed by anything handed to you in the show ring.
Remember, pigs like routine. It is important to work everyday with your pig so you can have it trained in time for the show.