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That'll do: Pig is top dog at Washington training center

Miniature pig Amy Trotter and her classmates are due to perform in March at the Seattle Kennel Club show.

By Ben Hooper

KENT, Wash., Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The star pupil at the Family Dog Training Center in Kent, Wash., isn't a dog at all -- she's a 5-month-old miniature pig.

Amy Trotter, a part-Juliana, part-Kune Kune miniature pig, has been training alongside her canine comrades at the Family Dog Training Center, and the facility's owner, Katy Lang, said Amy has already graduated from the puppy manners class to agility training.

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"We actually had a pygmy goat come to several of our classes, and so when Lori asked me about bringing a pig, my response was 'sure why not?'" Lang told KOMO-TV.

Lori Stock, Amy's owner, said she added the pig to her pack of five dogs in September because she was seeking a new challenge.

"She is the smartest dog I've ever trained," Stock said.

"She picked up everything so quickly," Stock told The News Tribune. "I can work for weeks with our best dog on retrieving. Amy picked it up in minutes. She is so food motivated, she wants food so much, she'll work to get it."

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Lang said Amy and her classmates will show off their skills March 7-8 at the Seattle Kennel Club show. The class will perform a skit and a freestyle musical dance, she said.

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