Wilson now a perfect little porker

By TAMARA KEMP

WILSON is as happy as a pig in mud.

The 16-week-old porker graduated from CQ Canine Coaching last night after a five-week intense course.

He spent most of last night celebrating with juicy red strawberries and blueberries and a great big round of bow-wows from his canine classmates.

Owner Melinda Peterson said Wilson had come a long way, learning techniques from sitting and staying to coming when called and lead manners.

"Before Wilson set foot into the class, it was impossible to get a collar, let alone a lead, on him,'' Ms Peterson said.

"Now he's socialising with the dogs and obeying commands.''

CQ Canine Coaching director Mittsy Violes said Wilson had become more manageable and friendly.

"We switched training methods in the middle of the course to make it easier for Wilson to be rewarded,'' she said.

"The training has gone so well, Melinda is bringing him back for Puppy Primary School next month.''

Ms Voiles stressed the importance of researching before buying exotic animals.

"We have had many people watching Wilson's training and wishing they had a pig, but buying exotic pets in general is a big decision,'' she said.

"Pigs, like Wilson are a lot more challenging, can be more costly and, unless you have done your research, be something you didn't come to expect.



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