How to House Break/Potty Train a Micro Mini Pig

A micro mini piglet easily captures the hearts of those they encounter. This specialized breed is only a couple pounds when born and will become no larger than thirty pounds when fully grown. Generally they get to be the size of a cocker spaniel dog. The life span of this breed is from fifteen to eighteen years so please don’t take owning one lightly. They don’t trust quickly (it takes a couple weeks) but once they do they will trust forever. Micro mini pigs come in many colors: white/pink, red/brown (chocolate), black, spotted, brindle, and tuxedo or a mix of a few. Pigs are within the top ten smartest animals in the world. Some say they are smarter than cats and dogs. This fact will aide in training a new piggy quickly.

With most other animals that are not kept in a cage, after bringing the charming little baby home, the first order of business is finding a way to get it to potty where you approve them to, whether that be outside or in a litter box. House-breaking a piglet, in my experience, has been enormously easier than training a dog to go outside to relieve itself. However, it takes a little more effort than rubbing a kitten’s paws in a litter box. Surprisingly, piglets can be trained to use a litter box. I do not have personal experience with this method but with a strict routine, it can be done.

This particular article will explain how to house break a micro mini pig by taking them outdoors. Using this method, it can take a pig up to a month to be fully house trained with no indoor accidents. Please be patient! For anyone who adopts a pet, ideally, they would have a securely fenced in back yard with a door that opens straight out to a large grassy patch where the piggy can walk around by itself. Unfortunately, not everyone has this and therefore below are additional steps to accommodate the disadvantage of not having a door abutting a fenced in grass area.

Hang bells low off a door knob as a notification system.
Hang bells low off a doorknob as a notification system.
Sleigh bells strung on thick wire with electrical tape wrapped on the sharp ends.
Sleigh bells strung on thick wire with electrical tape wrapped on the sharp ends.
Micro mini pig with a fitted harness on a leash outside grazing.
Micro mini pig with a fitted harness on a leash outside grazing.
My own piggy, June.
My own piggy, June.

Step 1: Bells. Hang bells on the door knob of the entryway door the pig will primarily be using to go outside. When choosing the entry for the pig, make it one that can be easily accessed by the pig, where the bells can be heard by the person taking it out, and leads quickly and easily to a grassy area. It is possible to purchase bells that are already attached to a post, string, or something of the like. The picture below is a disassembled Christmas wreath where the sleigh bells have been strung on thick wire. Keep in mind the bells need to be low enough so the pig can bump it with its snout. If hung on wire, wrap the bottom of the wire in electrical tape so the piggy will not scrape its snout on the sharp cut wire ends. Be sure there are enough bells hung on the door so that it is going to be effectively heard (loud enough) when bumped.

Step 2: Timing. When first teaching the pig to go outside, take it out once every hour for the first day, every two hours during the second day, and every three hours the third day. After that, they start to somewhat understand what the bells mean. Every time the pig goes out, take it to the door, give the bells a generous ring, then open the door and take it directly to the place it is to relieve itself. Depending on the individual situation, taking the piglet directly to the potty place may be by picking it up and placing it in the spot or by walking it out on a leash. If taking it out on the leash, a harness will need to be put on the piglet. Be sure the harness fits snuggly because micro mini piglets can easily slip out of a collar and harness by the way their necks and heads are shaped.

Step 3: Location. Designate the potty area at first in a fenced area so the pig can run around without human interaction. Remember, the pig needs time to trust so give it space. Temporary fencing can be purchased from any local hardware or pet specific store. Do not stray far from this fenced area while outside with your pig. Once the pig has done its business, it will root around and if you have temporary fencing it may try to lift the fencing and slip out underneath. Also, once the pig has done its business, take it directly back inside, this way it will learn that outside is for relieving itself. Pigs love to graze (eat grass and anything else they can find); it will figure out that outside not only means potty but also food.

Step 4: Reward. Once inside, immediately reward the precious piglet for doing well by going potty outside where it was supposed to. A reward could be major praise, a good scratching, or food but a mix of the three is best. Examples of food rewards are two raisins, two grapes, one end of a cucumber, one apple core, or a couple slivers of apple peel. Don’t give too much food as a reward. It’s a special treat for going outside, not an extra meal. A strict diet is extremely important with micro mini pigs. They should never be allowed to eat too much because they will eat until they are sick. These small breed pigs should only gain one pound per month so go very light on the rewards. When rewarding the piggy, get down on its level. Sit or kneel on the floor, put the food flat in the palm of the hand very low so it can reach, then vigorously scratch its side or head (if it lets you, remember trust), and in a gentle voice give it mighty praise for its good work.

Step 5: Accidents. It happens, probably a lot at first too. If you stumble upon your piggy in the process of leaving you an unpleasant gift, flick its snout and say “no” in a stern voice. Then immediate take it outside to its potty spot. If you come across an accident, find the pig, take it back to where it had the accident, point or put its head down to it, say “no” in a stern voice, and again take it directly outside to its designated potty spot. Do not give it a reward when you come back inside. Be sure to clean indoor potty accidents thoroughly. Pigs have a very keen sense of smell and can sniff out old accidents and repeat an accident there.

The bottom line to house breaking any pet is patience, trust, and a heavy carpet cleaner. Give your pig plenty of space. It will come to you when it’s ready. Training my own piggy was a learning process for the pig and our entire household. We live in Southern Maryland and our county is known for tobacco and farms, however, I had never even seen a pig outside of our county fair. House breaking our piggy was a major trial and error process with a couple road bumps too. I hope this guide lends a helping hand in the beginnings of a prosperous relationship with your micro mini pig.

Comments 12 comments

Mary 4 years ago

Thank you so much for your training method. I have a teacup pocket nano named Harley. He's 8 mos. old now. We're still working on getting it right. But we're getting there.

Piggy 3 years ago

Hello I currently have a six month old mini micro pig and I am having a really hard time with potty training. He was trained to go on a wee wee pad but out of the blue he stopped using it and now goes to the bathroom anywhere in the kitchen. I have him locked in the kitchen when we are not home to watch him. Do u have any suggestions? I also am trying to find the right harness for him because he does not like wearing them... Therefore I am also trying to harness train him and get the harness on him... Any suggestions?

Cheyanne 2 years ago

I have a micro pig named Mabel she is almost a year old and she went right to the litter box but it stinks to much so I am trying to train her to go out side but I don't have it down. Need help!

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Ri Masincupp 2 years ago from Huntingtown, Maryland Author

It really is all about consistency and patience. If your piggy is continuously having accidents, begin the potty process from scratch. Instead of taking him/her outside every hour for one day, try doing that for two days back-to-back. Then the next two days, every two hours. The the following two days, every three hours. Always ring the bells before you take the pig outside and always take them to the same potty spot. Also, there is no such thing as giving too much praise for a job well done. A loving voice and lots of scratches will do the trick in reinforcing good behavior.

sarah 2 years ago

We have a 6 wk old miniature potbelly. He uses the litter box just fine when he is in the bathroom. But as soon as we let him out to play he goes straight under the bed and uses the bathroom. He's ok as long as he is locked up in the bathroom. Any suggestions?

kim/ 23 months ago

I have a pot belly pig and he is liter boxed trained but occasionally has an accident. We had purchased a pot belly pig spray on line but now the bottle is empty and we can't find the product on line. Does anyone know what product this is and where to buy it? Thanks kim e.

Amanda 23 months ago

I have an 11 month old pot belly pig that is potty trained but i can find a box big enough for him to use what can i use otjer then storege boxes

Peggy 17 months ago

We adopted a micro mini pig that is approximately 5 years old. She keeps peeing in the house. I know nothing about her past, as she is a rescue animal. How can I retrain her to go outside?

Mallory 16 months ago

I have a 4 month old mini named Walter. He has been neutered, and is an extremely sweet and loving little man. I had him potty trained very quickly, to go on wee wee pads, being that my fence is not yet finished, and the enterance to getting into all doors have steps bigger than he is. He is harness trained and loves going outside. My problem is that all of a sudden he has decided to not potty on the wee wee pads. He infact, will pee 2 inches from them. I have used the proper discipline with flicking his nose, and he still does it.... He hS been doing it for about 2 weeks, and I am running out of paper towels!!! 10 months ago

I have 3 pigs, Alvin 9 months, and Button and Rosie are almost 3 months.

Alvin train himself following the dogs out the dog door within days after getting him.

We got the others when they were 7 weeks and I suddenly needed to leave days after I got them.

I had put them in a small room with a litter box and a sleeping and eating area. But pigs have their own minds. And they were determined to be with Alvin. they actually jumped the 30" board we were using to keep them in.

Well my husband reported to me that Alvin had housebroken them and that they followed him everywhere. I was elated until I got home 2 weeks later and almost gagged when I walked in to my house. Here those cute

little piglets were peeing any and everywhere I had throw rugs. (Uugh men). He stated I can't smell anything.

Well to make my story shorter, Rosie is still peeing anywhere there's a throw rug. So yes I did remove all of them and since we have ceremic floors soaked the grout lines in bleach. Well now she just pees on our shoes. Of course that's where the rugs were. We attempted moving the shoes but she finds them.

I read that i should attempt to giving her treats where she's peeing so I am going to start doing that. I'll let all of you know how that works.

Have a Merry Christmas just don't put a skirt under it where they can pee! lol

Mindy Evans 4 months ago

Hi my pig is a potbelly 8 months I've had her since she was 2 months old she will not step foot out of the door I use to pick her up and Cary her out but now she is to fat to pick up I've tried everything I know to do need help please

chihuahua guy 6 weeks ago

thank y'all for the input.There isn't one comment here that makes me think the little cuties are fit as house pets.I'll stick with the little crazy dogs

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