Harness training is a useful thing to teach your mini pig. It’s especially important for a pig being kept inside, as it aids potty training.
If your micro pig is kept outside then you may never need to harness train them. It certainly does make moving them around, and visiting the vet, easier if you do train them.
If you’re planning to buy a harness make sure you buy one designed specifically for pigs. A dog harness will easily slip off a pig, they simply aren’t designed for their shape and size.
The best harnesses have a ‘figure 8’that slips under the pig and fastens over their back. Make sure to measure your pig and buy the correct size harness. A harness which is too loose is useless, one which is too tight will make your pig uncomfortable.
Pigs do not like to stick their heads through loops or collars, so avoid harnesses of this type.
A quick search on the Internet for the term ‘pig harness‘ should find stockists in your country.
How to Harness Train a Teacup Pig
It’s far easier to harness train a young pig than it is an adult. When you clip a harness and lead to any pig for the first time they’ll freak out. In the wild, pigs are only restrained when a predator has hold of them, so they’ll naturally fight when this happens to them.
It’s far easier to hold a 10lb piglet when it throws a fit, holding onto an 80lb adult pig when it’s freaking out is a tough job – this highlights the importance of starting them young. Also, once a pig has been trained to use a harness, they’ll never forget – even if it’s years later.
Your first task is to get your pig used to wearing their harness. Try slipping it on when they’re eating, or when you’re giving them a scratch, or when they’re on your lap. Let them wear the harness as much as possible, leave it on for most of the day. Ideally you should attach the lead to the harness, this allows them to get used to the sensation of being clipped in.
Once the pig is accustomed to the harness, and being clipped in, you can now try using the lead. Again, they’ll freak out the first few times they reach the end of it, but keep persisting, they’ll soon get used to the sensation. The lead is your way of communicating with your pig. It’s the way you’ll direct and coax your pig to the place you want. After a few days of this they should become easier to handle.