Teaching Your Mini Pig to Stay or Wait
Wait or stay can be a more challenging skill to teach because the pig is going to want to scamper to the treat, so keep the reward hidden. Have your pig sit and then repeat “stay” with a hand gesture or finger point. After the pig has sat still for a moment or two, praise, and reward. Each time wait longer and longer before rewarding. Gradually, start taking steps back with a reminder of “stay”, then return to your pig with praise and reward. Stay can be a little easier to maintain if the pig knows you come to them for reward as opposed to them running to you. This one will take some time, patience and extra practice, but it is worth the work. You can practice this skill and build on the time held, by asking your pig to wait for meals. Do not set the food down until your pig has held a
“wait” or stay”.