In the Dog training with a whistle thread, I read a post by techsar: This got me thinking about a pig we once had. My dad brought it home one afternoon, having caught it on a construction site where he and his workers were building a home. Only a little guy back then, but he was cute - as cute as a pig can be, anyway. Dad name the little guy "Arnold". On to my point. While dogs, cats, and other animals can be trained, I have found that pigs are extremely smart and fairly easy to train. My dad spent a fair amount of time with Arnold. (I will still a bit small back then. Otherwise, I guess I would have done the same.) I remember he would come when called to eat, running up to the back door of the house like a dog or cat. (Arnold was never caged and had free run of our entire back yard.) Dad also taught him how to fetch items. It was funny watching him, as a child. We don't have any pigs at the farm as yet. But, we (by "we", I mean me) hope to buy some pigs soon. Still gotta talk the "Boss" into it. She's apprehensive about having pigs, because they smell too badly, according to her. For Pete's sake. We could put them on the back side of the farm. I mean, it's five acres, after all. It's not like we don't have available room. Anyway, I can't help but wonder, what things could a pig learn? Clean and load a firearm? Okay, no opposable thumbs. But, I'm sure there are things I could try to teach a pig. Okay, I also may have too much time on my hands. Anyway, any members here ever trained animals to perform specific duties or acts?