- Paperback: 182 pages
- Publisher: Luminary Media Group (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930580037
- ISBN-13: 978-1930580039
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,142,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Potbellied Pig Behavior And Training Paperback – June 1, 2000
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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Priscilla Valentine has lived with mini- pigs in her home for ten years. She has counseled people with piggy problems on the internet and telephone and is the professional trainer for Valentines Performing Pigs, a succesful national entertainment act. Priscilla has written for The Potbellied Pig Journal and The National Committee on Pot Bellied Pigs' publication. Her pigs have been World Pig Trick Champions an unprecidented four times.
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This second edition opens, sadly, with a page in memory of three irreplaceable individuals. We learn that in December 2011, Nellie, the super-star, multi-talented pig featured in the Valentine traveling pig shows (be sure to "Google" movie clips of Nellie the pig), lost her interest in life and, shortly afterwards, died at the age of 19. Shortly after the passing of Nellie, Stephen Valentine was diagnosed of pancreatic cancer and died in March. The "clincher," however, is the revelation that, just as she was looking forward to rebuilding her life, the author herself became seriously ill. Priscilla Vaentine died on March 10, 2011.
It's hard to think of a greater loss to pig advocates as well as to the pigs themselves. Fortunately, Priscilla left behind a book that no doubt will remain an oft-consulted "classic" in understanding and living with animals that, according to Winston Churchill are, unlike dogs or cats, the "co-equal's" of human beings.
Pigs are not only motivated by food but genetically programed to have it, and to that end they will "manipulate" their guardian, as long as their behavior--good or bad--is successful. Just one quick example:many pigs upon meeting their new owners have not been adequately socialized and, as a result, let go with deafening squealing upon being picked up. A natural, even rational, response by the startled owner might be to put the pig down on the floor, thus silencing it. And the next thing the owner might do is give the suddenly quiet pig an edible treat for being "good."
As the reader of this book will soon learn, that action is precisely the wrong way to gain control of the pig. The animal has just learned a lesson, one that he or she won't forget. If piggy screams loud enough, he can count on getting some food from his well-intentioned but misguided keeper. Score a victory for the pig, who has, in effect, been "rewarded" for bad behavior! You can bet it will soon be repeated--again and again. Valentine puts a potentially complex struggle in words that any reader can understand and act upon: "Pigs not only love food; they live for food" . . . "The pig uses all of its cleverness to get food; the challenge for the owner is to keep them out of it."
Simple? Not if you're a permissive parent or, worse, a punitive one. A pig will respond to "persuasive" positive reinforcement and reciprocate by doing everything in its power to please its owner; but if punished by a physical blow--even once--the pig will never forget the injury nor will it forgive the 'life-long enemy" who delivered it!
Some readers will no doubt notice some repetition of much familiar information available on the internet--e.g. the importance of finding a veterinarian beforehand, the importance of neutering and spaying, the two methods of litter box training, foods that are high on nutrition and low on fat, foods that are harmful, the pig's need for space and grazing room (readers who insist on a book dealing exclusively with a 30-pound adult pig, or who subscribe to the notion that the so-called "micro mini" or "teacup nano" pig is a recognized "breed," may have less to gain from this book). The author has owned numerous potbelly pigs and, unlike other books about the breed, possesses genuine love and respect toward them. This experience not only speaks highly of her qualifications but comes through in her appreciation of these endlessly fascinating, frequently misunderstood animals.
In addition to pot-bellied pigs (and professionals insist that ALL miniature pigs--including Juliana, Kune Kune, etc.--are derived from the Vietnamese pot-bellies) the overcrowded pig sanctuaries will thank you for reading this book.
I definitely refer to it as things come up as well. I just hope my mini-pig doesn't get as big as hers do, with all the treats/rewards for learning how to do so many things. I guess that's were belly rub rewards come in. :-)