I was inspired to start this website as a way to begin a conversation between pig owners, rescuers, behaviorists and trainers about rethinking how we interact with our porcine companions; reconsidering old wisdoms; and how we can use the science of learning and our knowledge of pig behavior and natural history to develop a way forward using positive reinforcement and reward-based training methods that will lead to more successful relationships between pigs & people.
As a zoologist, I've worked with everything from critically endangered birds to 18' long pythons... and still I've never been so enchanted with any animal as I am with the ordinary pig. I've been a member of the California Potbellied Pig Association since 2005; fostering and rehabilitating abandoned and abused pigs. With a background in zoology, I am committed to using the most current, scientifically-sound training and behavior modification methods. By understanding the pigs' natural history and species-specific motivators, and by using science-based, force-free methods of behavior modification, I strive to build relationships with pigs that are built on trust and understanding, rather than adversarial relationships based on intimidation.
In the coming months, I will be posting information specific to pig behavior and training, reviews of scientific journal articles that relate to pig behavior, actual case studies of pigs with specific behavioral issues, and any other pet pig related material that might be of interest. If there is a particular topic or idea about pet pigs that you'd like to see discussed, please feel free to contact me!
Please note that this website is for informational purposes only. If you have a pig with behavioral problems, please contact a certified trainer or behaviorist to assist you with your specific situation.
Happy pig parenting!