trained pigs

Guys, if you haven’t read “When Pigs Fly” by Jane Killion yet, you need to. It is my favorite dog training book to date and I’m not even done with it yet. Multiple times I have actually laughed out loud while reading it, the above paragraph an example of one such passage.

But seriously, it’s full of very useful information even if you don’t find yourself with a “stubborn,” “independent,” or “unmotivated” dog. And it also shows my Favorite Thing™ about dog training which is that it should be F U N!

Have I shown you guys my growing collection of (training and science-y) dog books?

Quite recently added are Don’t Shoot the Dog, Train the Dog in Front of You, and When Pigs Fly! Training Success with Impossible Dogs. My agility trainer gave me the copy of On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals for Christmas. I’m also still slowly making my way through Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0.

Next on my wish list is Denise Fenzi’s Dog Sports Skills series!

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Cowls, Pigs and a Cab by Kevin Cavanaugh
Via Flickr:
Three F45’s lead the e/b “Super C” approaching Summit on Halloween 1971. No black and orange here.

Zhu Jianqiang, which translates to “strong willed pig”, is the name of a pig that was born in China with only two front legs. The owner, Wang Xihai stated “my wife asked me to dump it but I refused as it’s a life. I thought I should give it a chance to survive and unexpectedly it survived healthy.” Following the birth, Xihai decided he would train the pig to walk and Zhu Jianqiang now gets around on her two front legs. He stated that a circus offered money to buy the pig but he refused, stating “she proved to us that no matter what form life is it should continue to live on. I won’t sell it no matter how much the offer is.“