Are you looking for a real-life look at what is it like to walk your mini pig? Can you walk a mini pig on a leash with a dog? Learn the words I use to train my mini pigs to walk on a leash successfully.
One of the most popular pig posts I have on the blog is when I wrote my 8 dos and don’ts of life with a baby mini pig. I was in shock my self and still learning and had to share what we were going through.
Almost two years and two pigs later I have learned so much. I want to continue to share it with other pet pig owners or those who are thinking about adding a mini pig to their family here on the blog.
First just a reminder like all things your mini pig won’t stay little forever. Walking a pig when it is a few months old is completely different than walking a pig when it’s a few years old.
If you are new here we have a Farm Vlog where we share a new video every week. I took a video explaining and showing you what it is really like to walk a mini pig.
You can watch the video here or scroll down to read instead.
Before you even attempt to take your pig out for a walk you need to get it a proper harness.
With Bently my first mini pig who I have had since he was 10 weeks old, I used a puppy harness. It worked for about a month.
Then I bought a pig harness that worked for about seven months. I finally upgraded to a larger harness and still use the same one today.
Be prepared to pay a little bit more for a pig harness. There is no frugal way to getting a harness for your pig. The harnesses made especially for pigs are worth it. This is the one I use and love. It is strong and durable and will grow with our mini pig for quite some time yet. I have ones with the metal clips, not plastic.
Say the same word every time you go to put your harness on your pig. I stuck with the word harness. So every time Bently was going to go outside he would stop at the door and I would put his harness on. I would always repeat the word Harness when talking it off him as well.
It is incredible how quickly pigs can train a word and routine. Putting the harness on our pigs works best when they know they are going outside or for a walk. They tend to wait at the door and continue to stand still while the harness is being put on.
Bently knows that when he is getting his harness on it means he is going for a walk or roaming free outside.
Is it Easy to Walk a Mini Pig on A Leash?
8 times out of 10 no. Why? Because when a pig is out exploring and they find a delicious dandelion root, they tend to not care about anything else other than getting that deliciousness.
They talk back, they yell and they pull. Not anything ideal when you are going out for a leisurely stroll.
When we kept Bently our mini pig in the house full time he would be on the leash every time he went outside. We got him in November as a piglet so he didn’t start going outside for awhile.
Just like with our dog, Bently stayed on the leash around our yard and I would slowly just let him off the leash. It showed boundaries, but needless to say, if they see something across the way they will probably go after it.
Heck, that’s the same with our dog too. So it’s typical of any pet you have out loose.
I have found to get an enjoyable walk one where Bently and I can actually get our heart rate up is when I let him out to roam for 10 or 15 minutes, BEFORE the actual walk.
Otherwise, he wants to root and sniff and eat and doesn’t care too much about walking.
The best thing you can do is stick to a routine.
Springtime was Bently’s first time of being out and the dandelions were everywhere. I didn’t have to worry about him running off because he was so content with eating the tops of every single dandelion.
Every night after dinner we took him for a walk around our property and as soon as we got to the woods I would let him off the leash. He learned to come when we called him and he wanted to keep up with us. It didn’t take more than a couple weeks for him to learn the routine. The more you do the same routine with your pigs the easier it is to train them.
We just adopted a second pig Olive and I am not sure if she ever had a harness on. I can’t wait to share with you how training goes with her. The end goal is to have her be able to come out of her pen and free range the yard and take walks with us up to the woods.
First, we have to have her and Bently together. Right now they just side by side in their own separate pens.
I also trained Bently after our walk to go back into his pen. I just tell him the word “Pen.” and he runs to it. You can see this in the video too. To get him to do this I gave him a treat every time he did it. Now sometimes I will and sometimes I won’t.
Can You Walk Your Mini Pig With a Dog?
We have a German Shepard Lab mix named Jake. After weeks of training him not to attack our chickens and ducks he has become a wonderful addition to our little homestead.
I was terrified when we first got Bently in the house with Jake. He has a very scary bark and I’ve seen him kill plenty of woodchucks in his time. I won’t go over how to treat the two together in this article but I will say that I never let them together alone in the house or even with me for longer than 10 minutes.
When we are outside they are both always together and things have been good. Bently even gets the zoomies and Jake plays with him. All the while my heart is racing for that “what if” moment. I feel more comfortable with them being outside and having such a huge space to get away when enough is enough. I also never feed them treats together because animals get so territorial over food.
When I walk Bently Jake our dog always joins us. They both walk their own ways and sometimes run down the hill together and want to play. I am pretty sure that Bently loves Jake and Jake could take it or leave it kind of thing.
You can see from the picture above that was just a year ago compared to the size he is in the video now.
If you are planning to walk a mini pig or even let the pig roam around your yard be warned, they can root up a deep hole in seconds. They are so strong and will dig fast if they smell something they want.
Words To Train Your Mini Pig for Successful Walking
The words I have used to train Bently to walk are outside, harness, walk, and run.
I already talked about the word harness but I use the word walk when Bently is preoccupied with dirt instead of walking. Sometimes I will have to get right behind him and give him a little shove while saying the word walk. This is shown in the video.
When I knew we were coming up to a patch of dandelions or grass etc and I didn’t want him to get distracted I would use the word run and pull on the leash and start jogging. He quickly learned that means we need to move it. Even off the leash now the girls and I can say “Bently Run” and he starts running.
By the way, have you seen how fast a pig can run? It’s amazing.
I hope that was helpful to you and if you have any tips to share or feedback please leave a comment below. I love hearing from you and helping each other with this process of pet piggies!