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Nancy wrote at 2007-08-15 20:16:51
We bought our two female goats from a sale barn they were young and not handled at all so they were both really wild! we got them cornered in there house each time and put dog collars on both of them and got small chain leashes walked them around everyday. They both became so tame after a week or two of walking them.

Nancy wrote at 2007-08-15 20:58:02
I may not be an expert but I have two goats of my own for 15 years now, but like I said putting dog collars on your goat will help tame him or she down, mine were young but I think you can still tame your goat no matter how old it might be, at least it doesn't hurt to try it may take longer, but you will have lots of fun walking your goat like you would your dog, I love my goats they are girls. I wouldn't trade them for any animal in the world!  


Eugenia wrote at 2007-09-17 23:30:49
As for him being more afraid of you dad,you should have dad hand out treats if you give them,it will help! I don't chase goats,been there,done that.I put the feed in the pan and wait,when he or she starts eating I grab the horn!He will never be fully tame. You can put big sand stone blocks in the field for them to play on.They will play on them and file their nails so to speak. You can give positive pellet wormer in their feed also to reduce the stress. Some goats are feral and the less touching the better,but treats and sitting in the field with them or pulling down willow branches for them go a long way into letting them know that you love them and letting them trust you even if you don't realize it.

Lizzy wrote at 2008-01-11 08:50:32
You might want to consult a homeopathic practitioner who deals with animals. Dr. Alva Irish is online. She helped us to get one of our goats to calm down. I was very pleased with the results.

Bruce wrote at 2009-01-03 01:13:45
in all reality i own three goats and i have been told by numerous people that its never too late to "turn him around". if you were to ask me, not that im an expert, but i get the feeling niether are you at least not formally, but i would say that you would have to have contact every single day at a consistent time rather then just once every couple months for deworming. it is not suprising he fears the deworming and hoofing process but if you show him no harm on more numerous occasions, then he, like most animals will not bight the hand that feeds.

Eugene wrote at 2014-06-24 05:45:27
Goats ,horses ,sheep ,pigs and just about any other animal you care to name will adjust to human interaction given enough time and input by the human.Animals are instinctively afraid of humans as we are not exactly the nicest of creatures although there will be plenty to suggest that they are. I have had a goat arrive at my place ( no doubt some caring individual dumped the poor thing) and I initially found that I could not get within 50 yards of the poor thing. It made friends with the horses in the paddock and even shares one of the horse's feed. It has taken years to get within five yards of it and it is now starting to stand its ground and not be afraid. No doubt as time goes on it will learn to accept that we , as involuntary custodians, mean it no harm. The more time you spend with the goat the more it will learnt that you are not a predator. Giving it small treats such as carrots or apples over and above it's usual feed always seems to help.  


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