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PETS / PSYCHOLOGY. Learn the common-sense approach to enjoy your potbellied pig from an expert trainer who has owned numerous Potbellied Pig Trick Campions of the World and has appeared on national TV countless times. Find out how to choose the right pig, train your pig to obey and how to discipline it, follow the Pig Programming philosophy, use the Ten-Step Program for behavior, and solve pig problems from A to Z. Includes 64 color photos, 21 black/white photos, an index, and an animated cartoon pig on the page corners with page-flipping.

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Priscilla Valentine has a Bachelor's Degree in English/Psychology and has been involved in training pigs for 30 years. Her pigs are NCOPP Permanent Champions in obedience and she and her husband live with 5 "house pigs". In addition, she has appeared on TV and in newspapers countless times with "Valentine's Performing Pigs." (Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Oprah) She also lectures on pig care and behavior, and rescues homeless potbellied pigs. She contributes money from selling her book to pig rescues and sanctuaries.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Luminary Media Group; 4th edition (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930580746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930580749
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Valincius on January 21, 2001
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Pigs are not your average pet. They're smarter and more demanding than any dog or cat. But too often we hear that a pig owner can't meet the challenge of ownership. What should be a 15 year (or so) commitment is too often terminated with the pig abandoned. Many of these failed relationships between a petpig and their owner could be saved with a little pre-education and patience. I think this is where Potbellied Pig Behavior and Training reveals it's greatest potential. Ms. Valentine is a professional pig owner, trainer, performer and educator. Her love of pigs comes shining through her book. She brings her hard earned lessons to this easy to read and entertaining book about pet pigs. She covers everything from how to select a pig and what to feed it to how to train it and keep it (and you) happy with the relationship. This is must pre-reading for anyone considering adopting a pig who wants to get the most from their existing long term commitment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Gurley on April 8, 2002
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Priscilla Valentine has written a masterpiece on training of the potbellied pig. Besides the fun of seeing your pet do tricks, this book is great for the new owner or the experienced owner with a problem pig-child. Through training your pig and giving him something to work for, much better all-around behavior can be attained. If you are considering this book, buy it! Priscilla has included info on selection and care of the pet pig as well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "h2o-pistol" on September 29, 2001
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This book is a perfect guide for the first time pig owner, or even the seasoned owner who has potbellied pigs, or miniatures.I must say. This book has almost every answer to any question. Plus great, and easy ways to teach your pot bellied pig tricks. I found this book very easy to follow. For teaching tricks, and behavior !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hollis Tibbetts on January 6, 2009
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I am a first time pig owner, and would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is thinking about "owning" a pig.

The color photo section (probably 20 pages) highlighting her pigs is superfluous, but that certainly does not detract from this book being a solid "how to" book on how to raise a well-behaved house pig.

This book seems to be one of the few good "modern" books (i.e. written this century) about potbellies. Things have changed so much in the potbellied world that anything more than a 5 years old seems positively ancient.

Personally, I think the most valuable part of the book is the insight it gives you into pig psychology. Until I owned one, I had no idea how complex and puzzling these creatures can be. This book definitely helped me understand what was going on inside that pig head.

The training part is pretty fun too, and her methodology definitely works. It's fun to have a pig do tricks. But I really bought the book because I needed some help dealing with a smart, stubborn, willful, spoiled and naughty piglet. f
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Hamilton on September 20, 2009
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First of all, I ADORE this book! I am a happy and proud pot-bellied pigger Momma. Ms. Priscilla Valentine has penned what we (in the community of pigger companions/rescuers/lovers) hail as the consumate Pig-Bible! There are lots of great books and websites out there, and I suggest reading and enjoying everything you can, but Ms. Valentine's book makes care and training understandable, achievable, and FUN! Ms. V. doesn't talk down to the newly realized pig family, but rather embraces us all, hooved and round-nosed, and those who love them, alike. This book has a real Chicken Soup for the Soul feel. If you don't have time for a cover-to-cover read, you can read in vignette fashion. Whether you have a PBP or are crazy for the super-intelligent little oinkers, or are just curious, this IS the best book written! FIVE STARS for Ms. Valentine. My one and only complaint, but a legitimate one.. I don't know if it's the economy or what.. but everything I have ordered by mail order lately, has taken an insane amount of time to be delivered. This book took nearly a month to arrive, and the second book I ordered is not here yet. (sigh) Worth the wait, now that it's here, but I doubt I will use Amazon again until things improve. Tentatively Hopeful.. P.A.Hamilton :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Art Lover on October 10, 2010
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If you are considering adopting a Pot Bellied Pig, this is the book for you. There are lots of cute colored photos, but the book is mainly packed with ideas on how to interact and make strong bond with your pet pig.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Rowe on February 9, 2013
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I got this book secondary to another one that was sorely lacking. I have a 7 month old potbelly pig who quickly became the terror of the house. It said teaching them tricks was a great way to help get them to become part of the family. I got this book because it said it explained behavior and training. Yes, it does that! Within a few days of reading and working with my pig, I was able to train him to perform nearly a dozen tricks. It's no joke, pigs are smart, and if you don't keep those brains engaged, they become trouble. I only wish there was better explanation of how some of the tricks were taught. And there was a great section on various behavior problems (some of which made my pig look like an angel!). If I read correctly, the author has since passed away--sad because it was an entertaining book to read and really helped us out. I would have bought more if she were still around. And even better would have been training videos.

If you want to see some of the ticks I've taught my pig (and some of his piggy outtakes) check out my YouTube channel. Sherman is quite the ham, and I was glad I bought the book. We're better friends for it now.

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