Importance Of Special Treatment For A Potbelly Pig
The first Potbelly pig was an instant media darling when it was first introduced to the United States market in the mid 1980s. Although the country of origin for these exotic pets was Vietnam, the first US Pot bellied pigs were imported from Canada. Of course they created an immediate buzz among the public and the Pot belly pig instantly became the “must have” pet of the moment.
It seemed that everyone was suddenly talking about how cute and adorable a Potbelly pig was, and all that you heard were positive comments. Soon a Pot belly pigs were being promoted as the best pet on the market. They were touted as being exceptionally intelligent, inquisitive, cuddly, affectionate and clean. They were also “small” enough to be considered “pint sized” pets.
When the first Vietnamese Pot bellied pigs were sold in the United States they commanded prices from $3K-30K. These high prices that were being paid just fueled the desire of many people to own, breed and sell a Pot belly pig in order to turn a profit.
Special treatment is very important to the development and socialization of animals and especially in the case of a quirky little Potbelly pig. You have to learn about these pigs, understand how they think and be attentive to their needs and personalities. If you can do this then you have a good chance of helping your Pot belly pig to develop into a pet superstar.
Any Potbelly pig will enjoy bonding and spending time with its human family and you can expect these pigs behave in much the same fashion as any 2 year old human child might behave. This means that you have to give them the same kind of attention and special treatment to a Pot belly pigs that you would give to a toddler if you want them to listen to you properly.
These animals are highly sensitive and this means that you need to be careful about how you treat them, praise them and discipline them. If you show a Potbelly pig the love, kindness and attention it craves then the animal will develop into a playful, intelligent and humorous little companion.
You need to be careful about the diet for your Pot bellied pig. Young piglets can eat starter chow that is made with 12-15% protein. As your Potbelly pig gets older you can feed it farina, vegetables, fruit, breads and even dog food. Cat food is not recommended because it has too much protein. Do not feed your Pot belly pigs salty or overly sweet foods because these are unhealthy for them to eat. These animals have a tendency to become obese so monitoring the diet is a must.
These pigs can be very manipulative, are always on the lookout for food and a Potbelly pig can learn how to unlock a cabinet or door faster than most people. If a Pot bellied pigs are bored or upset they can pout, become neurotic or decide that your house is fair game for destruction. They will also squeal loudly and persistently if they are hungry. If you are sleeping this will not deter the squeals and noises from a Pot belly pigs, in fact it usually causes this animal to ratchet the noise level up an extra notch or two.
You should never leave a Pot belly pig alone in your home with nothing for it to do because it will become extremely destructive and can develop behavioral problems as well as anxiety disorders. People often do not realize that a cuddly Pot belly pigs can also be territorial and can even become aggressive with younger children. Neutering or spaying your Potbelly pig can help but only proper socialization, special treatment and proper training will eliminate these problems.
If you use positive reinforcement with your Pot bellied pig it will make training easier and more productive for both you and your pet. These animals love their food and treats. Trust is essential and you should remember that a Pot belly pigs has a long memory, can harbor a grudge and responds poorly to negative reinforcement during training. Keep these points in mind and you can develop a great relationship with your Pot belly pig and your pet will reward you with its love, loyalty and good behavior.