Shiloh the pig graduates from Orange Veterinary Hospital's puppy pre-school

Liz Stevenson and Ron Martin with Shiloh the four-month-old Australian mini pig.
Liz Stevenson and Ron Martin with Shiloh the four-month-old Australian mini pig.

An obedient little piggy joined five young pooches to graduate from puppy school this week.

Shiloh the Australian mini pig learned to sit, stay and roll over, alongside a group of super-cute canine mates.

The four-month-old took part in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday evening following a successful five-week training stint with Orange Veterinary Hospital.

Vet nurse and trainer Rosie Rowse said she'd taught many pups to play nice, but this was her first pig.

Mrs Rowse said she was a bit unsure at first how Shiloh would go with the commands and the other participants, but her concern didn't last very long.

VIDEO: Shiloh the pig has learnt to sit and stay

"It was as if the puppies didn't realise a pig was even in class. They looked at it like it was a puppy," she said.

Owner Liz Stevenson used carrots, sultanas and cheerios in place of doggy-treats as rewards during her training.

She said the key to her socialisation was that she had been handled by breeders since birth.

"They're really smart animals, supposedly as smart as a three-year-old child," Mrs Stevenson said.

GRADUATE BABES: Ayla, Brad and Georgie Daskein, Georgia and Bobby-Brown Woodward, Liz and Shilo Stevenson, Louise and Nala Lloyd, Emily, Torsten and Jasper Ellis, Ian and Meg Cameron.

GRADUATE BABES: Ayla, Brad and Georgie Daskein, Georgia and Bobby-Brown Woodward, Liz and Shilo Stevenson, Louise and Nala Lloyd, Emily, Torsten and Jasper Ellis, Ian and Meg Cameron.

Shiloh the pig lives mostly indoors at Mrs Stevenson and partner, Ron Martin's Lindhurst home.

In addition to Shiloh, the pair share their property with Molly the pig, four dogs, two cats, two snakes, a lizard, a cockatiel and 'some chooks'.

Shiloh is litter trained and, despite the common misconception, very clean.

"Of course, if you give them mud to play in they love it, but in general they're clean animals," Mrs Stevenson said.

Mrs Stevenson said pigs were wonderful pets, with unique personalities.

"She's like a toddler: mischievous and demanding, she's cute though. She sits on my lap and cuddles me on the way into Orange in the car."

Shiloh is on the way to Holman Place Public School next week to play Wilbur in a fair celebrating Charlotte's Web.