Oscar learned to sit! It took a few weeks of consistent training and patience, but he can finally sit.
Watch this video to see how I taught Oscar to sit.
Teaching a mini pig to sit was much more difficult than teaching him to go in a circle, but I’m glad we stuck with it. Sitting is a foundation for so many other tricks, such as stay, shake, and wave, so I wanted to make sure Oscar could sit before we moved on to new tricks.
Sitting doesn’t come naturally to Oscar like it does for my dogs, so for several training sessions he just didn’t understand what I was asking him to do. What worked was using a floor with good traction and a wall to back Oscar up until he was naturally forced to sit. Once he correctly sat a few times, I was able to reinforce the behavior with the clicker and then he knew what I wanted. Getting him to sit the first few times was the hardest, and he learned quickly once he knew what to do.
If you are just starting out with training your mini pig, here is more information on how to hold your mini pig and on training basics and teaching your mini pig to go in a circle.