One of the most important things of pet pig ownership or rescuing is knowing how to move the pig. We hope that some of these tips will help not only the first time pig owner adopting a piglet but the one with the larger pet pig that needs to get to a vet.
When you first bring your piglet home and while it is small there are some things you can do that will help not only you but your veterinarian in the future.
Buy a large or Xlg crate and train it to sleep in it. This way as it grows and you need to move it or take it to a vet, it will not stress when being crated. Teach it that the crate is a good safe place. Why an XLG? Because the pig will grow and it will always need extra room. It is one of the best investments you will make for your pig(s).
Teach it to come when called
Teach it to walk up and down a ramp
Getting an older larger pet pig to a vet -
At this point, if the pet pig has been trained as a baby, you will have no problem but if not here are some tips.
Teaching it to walk a ramp.
Make sure there are sides on the ramp and that if homemade the boards are close together. This will make him feel more secure.
Use outdoor carpet or the heavy kind of carpet used for cleaning off your shoes and boots before entering the house.
Every few inches nail on "cross slats" even though you have it carpeted, this will help them be able to maneuver it without slipping. If a pig slips, it will be harder to convince him to try again but you can do it.
Use your pigs favorite food, such as cheese, and lay it out up the ramp. Be sure also to repeat it when you are training him to come down.
Never hurry them but keep them moving either up or down.
Use a sorting board behind the pig to keep him going in the direction you want.
Always praise them for doing what they are told. Pigs love praise.
If it has never been in a crate before, you need to exercise patience and perseverance.
First make sure there is some thing in the bottom of the crate, such as a rubber mat, newspaper, hay or old blankets.
Put the pig in a small area and open the crate door. If at all possible, back him into it. If you get him lined up so that his butt is near the crate, you can use a large bucket or large box and slowly back him up into the crate. Do not hurry but move steady and stay calm.
Never haul in the back of a pickup truck unless it is cool and short distance. Re-enforce the crate door with a bungi cord and make sure that the door is facing the rear so that the wind doesn’t blow directly into the crate. You can also put the crate near the back tailgate to help prevent the door from coming open. Use this method with caution.
It is best to load crate into a van or into an enclosed horse trailer for transporting.
You can help if you wet the hay or blankets in the bottom of the crate or horse trailer if that is what you are using.
Never leave the animal in a car locked up as it will over heat and then the pet pig will die. Remember that pigs cannot stand extended high heat since they can’t sweat. It is up to you to maintain them in a cool area when transporting.
Never haul a pig loose in the back of a pickup truck.
Loading a pig into a horse trailer or crate by yourself -
Invest in a hydraulic lift table or have boards such as 2 X 6's or 2 X 4's to push the crate up into the trailer or truck. When unloading stand in front of it and bring it down the boards slow backwards so that the pig is not forced into the door of the crate with his snout. Be aware of his weight and have help if he is to large for you to hold.
If you need more information, please feel free to contact Forgotten Angels Rescue & Education Center at 931-863-2202 or on the web at www.farec.org or by email at email@example.com. Never allow the pig to be come over heated in hot weather.