When you bring home a pet, there are a few key things that you must do: choose a name, introduce them to the family, and, of course, potty train them! After all, you don't want to be cleaning up messes in your home for months to come.
Luckily, teacup pigs are incredibly intelligent and easy to house train. And, provided that you follow correct training protocol and remain consistent and dedicated to the process, you can litter or potty train them in just one week or less.
Breaking Down the Potty Training Process
Let's start with an example: assume that you have a toddler. Would you let them wander your home freely without a diaper on? Probably not.
The same should be true of your piglet. When unattended, your new pet should have a crate where they can relax in comfort so there aren't unwelcome messes popping up throughout your home.
When you're ready to start potty training, you should choose a phrase like "go potty" or "do your business" that you will use whenever you take them to the litter box or outside. And, when they relieve them self, you'll want to verbally reward them however you wish so they know that you're pleased with their behaviour.
How Often Does a Teacup Pig Need to Go Outside?
There are a few key times of the day that you should take your pet outside, including:
- When they awake
- When they are finished eating each meal
- Every 2 to 3 hours throughout the day
- Prior to bedtime
You should immediately take your pet to their potty area at each of these times to reinforce behaviour. Of course, following up with praise is also helpful.
Important Details if You Plan on Litter Box Training Your Pig
For some who live in apartments or simply don't have a yard they want their pig doing their business in, litter box training is a must. However, there are important details to take note of if you're planning on using this method.
Primarily, it's most important that you use natural litter like pine pellets or pine shavings. Never use cedar pellets or shavings as pigs are highly allergic. Of course, you shouldn't use cat litter either as pigs will simply eat it, which often results in intestinal problems.
Potty Training Tea Cup Pigs Isn't Difficult
With the right approach and dedication, you can easily potty train your teacup pig in a matter of days or weeks.
And when you do, you'll realize just how simple and enjoyable having this lovable pet truly is!