Do pigs make for good pets?

While some folks would never consider sharing their home with a pig, there are many who are enamored by the charm, intelligence and the striking personality of their pet pigs. Pigs are charming pets who do make good pets and are not the dirty animals people think they are. Pigs do take a lot of work to care for but pigs are very interesting to take care of. Pigs are fun to play with and very loving despite the care and attention they require.

Raising any pet has a positive as well as a negative aspect to it. The same is true for pigs.  There are many good qualities to owning a pig. Pigs are affectionate, curious, playful, and can be easily trained. Many pet owners consider pigs an important part of their family and involve them in all their activities just like a dog or a cat. Yet there are some downsides that potential owners need to be aware of.

Pigs are very smart animals and are trained just like a dog without too much trouble. But, their intellect can make them a bit of a handful to care for. They are playful and curious but also headstrong and sensitive. Without sufficient stimulation, they will get easily bored, lethargic and very often destructive as well.

Pigs are very insistent and unrelenting when it comes down to meal times. These animals are smart enough to open refrigerators and cupboards if they smell a meal. They have an uncanny knack to beg for food, most of the times demanding more and may even get aggressive with kids having food. They also tend to dig and root for food with their snouts and in the process may overturn items in the house including the trash can and can disrupt the landscaping as well. Rooting comes on instinctively and to keep the pigs from messing the house and landscape, an area of soft dirt should be provided in the yard so that pigs can satiate their rooting needs.

Moreover, unless made quite clear that the humans in the house are in power, pigs can exhibit a form of dominance aggression. Pigs need to be taught respect for their owners by setting certain rules and boundaries in a gentle but firm manner. Pigs, like children, respond well to positive reinforcement like a treat or praise. Setting consistent rules and regulations, praising obedient behavior, and guiding them with a lot of patience and integrity will produce a well behaved pig that will eventually bond with its family.

Since pigs are social animals, regular access to the outside environment is essential as they also demand a lot of attention and interaction. For potential owners with appropriate expectations, a pig will make for a rewarding, entertaining and a much loved pet.  Pigs are best for people who have a lot of outdoor space for pigs to roam around in. Pigs are not great indoor pets.  However, they are great pets to own if you have the space to have one.

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