Bathing Teacup Pigs
Bathing teacup pigs is not always an easy task. Most teacup pigs do not like water, except if it cools them off in hot weather. As a result, they need conditioning so they get used to the feel of water on their bodies.
Below are some steps you can follow to make the bathing experience fun for both you and your pig.
Introduce Bathing to Teacup Pigs
Familiarizing your teacup pig with the bathroom is the first thing to do. Placing towels, or a non-skip rug, on the floor will help your pet feel safer on his feet. To make him feel comfortable, have a few treats handy. Once he feels relaxed, encourage him to do a few basic tricks like sitting. Make him realize that he can have fun while having a bath. If you do this every two or three days, your pig should feel at ease in no time.
The next step is to familiarize your teacup pig with the sound of running water. Use treats to gain his confidence. Initially, you should turn the taps on and off a few times. Give him a treat when the water is running and every time you first turn it on. Your pet will soon realize that when you turn on the water there is no reason to be scared.
Bathing your pig in a shower will help your pig feel less restricted. It may take some time to get him used to going into the shower stall but, with a little effort on your part, it can be done. Use a few grapes or his favorite treat to run a line to the shower stall. Once he goes in the stall, start off with a small amount of water. Add a little more every time he gets in it. Be sure the temperature is comfortable for him.
Teacup Pigs Bathing Process
You can then introduce him to bathing by rubbing him softly with your wet hands. Let him smell the shampoo before using it. Reassuring your pet while giving him treats will help the process. When he first gets his feet wet, say the word “bath” for reinforcement. Bathing teacup pigs goes more smoothly if two people are involved.
Before you dry him, warm the towels in the dryer. He will soon associate warm towels with an enjoyable time while having his bath.
If you don’t have a shower stall, you can also use a bathtub. The first few times, it is best to place your pet in the tub when it is dry. Place some dry towels at the bottom of the tub so that he won’t feel like he is going to slip. Giving your teacup pig a good experience during his bath time helps with the process. Soon your pet will look forward to having a bath.
More on Bathing Teacup Pigs
For more information about bathing teacup pigs, there is an eBook called Teacup Pigs or Mini Pigs: The Complete Owner’s Guide. This is an invaluable guide for all owners of these adorable pets. It covers everything from health problems and nutritional requirements to teeth and ear care.
Proper handling and loving discipline of teacup pigs will ensure they will remain gentle and a valued family member for many years. Download your copy of Teacup Pigs or Micro Pigs: The Complete Owner’s Guide today. It will be well worth the investment.