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Taming A Wild Goat
Socializing Your Adult Goat
The easiest way to have a people friendly goat is to raise it from a baby. But that is not always an option. Sometimes you get an adult goat that has been raised out in the field with hardly any human contact. This is what my first 2 goats I purchased were like. One of them did not have any horns and they had to catch her with a lasso when I purchased her. I knew they were going to be a challenge.
Blaze & Yuki
These are my first goats. We bought them to clear some land for our miniature donkeys. I would soon realize that I actually enjoyed working with them. I did not realize how intelligent and sweet goats could be. My only previous experience with goats was minimal and the goats were not friendly at all. I no longer raise miniature donkeys, I now just raise miniature goats. Within a few months of bringing Blaze and Yuki home I realized they were both pregnant. I had to tame them or I would have some real problems when birthing time arrived.
Blaze & Yuki With Their BabiesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Time & Patience
These are the two things you need the most of to tame a wild goat. We had the 2 girls in an enclosure 25'x25' with a small barn type shelter. I would go inside several times a day and just sit on the ground for about 1 hour at a time and let them just do what they do. They began to get used to me being around them and realized I was not a threat. I didn't try to pet or handle them for several weeks. Then I brought in a small cup of sweet feed (which goats absolutely love). I put a small amount in a bowl about 5 feet away from me and let them eat. Each day I would move the bowl closer to me. Finally they were eating right next to me. Then I had them eating out of my hand. While they would eat I would pet them. They jumped away at first, but soon got used to it. When they were finally comfortable with me they really started enjoying back and neck scratching. Then I put collars on them and started taking them out for walks on a leash. I would give them treats each time I took them out so soon enough they were begging to go for walks.
Which animal do you think would be easier to tame?
Fun With Goats
Once you have a friendly goat there is no limit to what you can do together. From simply walking on a leash to jumping through hoops, there are plenty of ways to enjoy owning this unique pet
Not All Goats Are The Same
In a perfect world every goat you work with would be tame and sweet. But unfortunately this is not the case. I have one goat I bought as a baby that has never been completely trained despite my best efforts. Rambo is our main buck and he is excellent at guarding the herd and making beautiful healthy babies. But he never quite warmed up to people. I can handle him when I need to give shots or worm medicine but it is not easy. I also have several girls that were born on my farm that are skittish. Their mommas are very friendly so they did not grow up with a reason to be standoffish. Each goat has his or her own distinct personality and that is something people cannot control or change. When working with these skittish goats I use the best persuasion I know for goats. TREATS! They can work magic with most goats, friendly or not.
Training Your Goat
- Working Goats - Goat Trick Training
This is a great website for learning to work with your goat. I have used it to work with several of mine