Training Children to Train Baby Goats

Training goats is an important task. Too many people get a cute baby goat and train it to do normal goat things that happen to not be very cute when the goat gets bigger. Butting, biting, jumping, yelling; these are all common baby-type behaviors and are really cute when the goat is little. Goats are much like children, though. If you want them to be good adults that can be around strangers and children, you have to take a firm stand and teach them from an early age to behave toward humans the way you want them to be as adults.

In the following video I am teaching our 6-year old to train the goat kids. This helps all of us. The goats get socialized, our son gets to be part of an important job, and the goats will turn out to be well-behaved and have a good foundation when they go to their new homes. I hope you enjoy the training ideas as I teach our son, as well as enjoying the cuteness of the baby goats and the running commentary from our son.

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About nigerianmeadows

I am a homeschooling mother of 2 autistic children and cook gluten-free, I homestead on 2.5 acre and raise goats and chickens for dairy and eggs, I garden, cook, quilt, and take photographs. I build, paint, scrub, and dance on tables. I am the ultimate WOMAN!!! Oh, yeah, and I like my husband a whole lot (he is the one that makes all this possible, and he loves me like no other!)
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4 Responses to Training Children to Train Baby Goats

  1. Rachel says:

    Any tips on how to get a “butting” goat to stop? We have a goat we purchased in May and is now about 2.5 years old. She is a butter though, but only towards kids. If you are taller than about 4’10” then you’re fine. This would be wonderful if we didn’t have kids of our own, but we have 6 of them ranging in age from 14yrs to 1 year, or if we didn’t want/need our children to be an active part of caring for our goats. Right now an adult NEEDS to be present for little ones to fill the hay bin, change water and even enter the goat pin. That leaves only the two oldest who can really help. And now the younger kids are afraid of the goats. We have 2 Nigerians and one is as gentle as can be and the other, well she’s not so nice.

    So now that we have this goat who happens to be an amazing milker (over a quart a day as a first freshener) is there anything we can do to get her to stop butting the kids?

    • Unfortunately, she would need the kids to stand up for themselves most likely. We had a horned goat that took off after our kids and my husband, and he dealt with it very aggressively and she never did it again, but I never fully trusted her with them either. You could see her thinking and she had a bitter attitude about it. Also, in the teaching of a goat like that, the goat will often be very aggressive in testing you multiple times to be sure the message stays the same, and that can be bad with kids. A goat like that I would sell asap and replace. one option would be to arm the kids with a small tazer-type device or shock collar so she get’s punished for the butting but not by the child per-say. It wouldn’t take long for the message to sink in, it’s just that she may decide to test it occasionally and if she doesn’t get an immediate punishment she will revert back because it’s already ingrained.

      • Rachel says:

        We are ultimately going to sell her, but she was one of the two we originally purchased in May and we can’t afford to sell her yet. We have to breed her and most likely keep her through milking and another breeding season before we can sell her and have enough goats to replace her. I guess we could outright sell her and buy another with the money. Your thoughts are exactly what our thoughts were. Right now if the kids go in with a stick and hold out she tends to rub her head on that and not butt them, but you can’t do anything productive when doing that.

        • I sure understand, having been in the same spot 😦 I sure wish I could offer better advice, but when it comes to children being the ones gone after it gets much harder. It would probably be worth a doe out of her if she is such a good milker, though. I would suggest bottle raising the baby so it doesn’t learn mom’s bad habits, though.

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