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gotxhorses 01-23-2013 03:40 PM

Piglet Trying to Mount Me
I have a 2 1/2 month old "mini" pig that I just got this week. I'm not new to farm animals, just new to having a potbelly pig as a pet. I know he's not going to stay small, so that's not my question or concern.

My concern is... he just started trying to mount me today. I was sitting down and he got all worked up and started trying to climb onto me and mount me. He was getting a little nippy in the process. I stood up and he continued trying to climb up my leg.

This is NOT okay, especially since he's going to get bigger.

He isn't neutered, but I plan to have this done ASAP. Would that be the cause of the problem? Or is it a dominance thing? I tried firmly telling him "NO" and pushing him off/away, but he came running back, almost more determined.

Any help is appreciated. (:

Allison Finch 01-23-2013 04:15 PM

Simple....neuter him as soon as you can. Contact your vet right away.

Clayton Taffy 01-23-2013 04:31 PM

Nutering is a big part, but it is also a dominance problem. I don't have a clue how to assert your dominance over a pig, rolling them over like you do to a dog might hurt their back.

Poco1220 01-23-2013 05:48 PM

He really should have been neutered VeRY early. You can chase him off when he gets aggressive by "biting" at his neck with your hand. Just behind and below his ear.
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gotxhorses 01-23-2013 05:58 PM

Definitely planning on having him neutered this week if possible for the vet. I will try the behind the ears thing next time. He hasn't done it since I left the room and shut the door behind me.

He seemed to have calmed down after I left him by himself.

As I said, I definitely would have gotten him neutered earlier, but I just got him, so waiting this long wasn't by choice.

Thanks so much everyone!

I saw this, but I don't think I want to wait for it to come through if I can help fix the problem now instead of allowing it to get worse with time...

Spay/Neuter Voucher Program | North American Potbellied Pig Association

WSArabians 01-23-2013 09:32 PM

We had one do the same thing.
We got his nuts cut out and a little stuffed dog he was allowed (and that was the ONLY thing) to screw until he calmed down.

gotxhorses 01-23-2013 09:38 PM

How did you discipline him and show him that the dog was the only appropriate thing? I read that pigs cannot be disciplined the same was as dogs and other animals, so that's where I've been confused. I read about the cupping behind the ears as above mentioned and firmly saying NO and pushing them back from their chest.

How did you do so?

Brighteyes 01-23-2013 10:44 PM

My PP use to mount EVERYTHING. :? He didn't attempt humans because we taught him to never touch a human without being invited to do so. Any out of order behavior was punishable by a sharp "NO!" and being shoved aside.

His attempts to mount objects ceased only days after we got him fixed. We haven't had a problem since.

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