Anybody ever teach a goat tricks?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by taraann81, May 11, 2009.

  1. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    I've been doing a lot of research on goats lately and was surprised to read that they are VERY intelligent animals. I am going to try to teach mine some simple tricks. I wondered if any one else has done that and if they would share their hints with me. Thanks
  2. Sammysmom

    Sammysmom Songster

    Jul 15, 2008
    Saint Johns, AZ
    I didn't teach him, but my nubian wether can let himself (and everybody else) out of his enclosure. Thus the need for a chain![​IMG]
  3. sanctuaryworker

    sanctuaryworker In the Brooder

    May 7, 2009
    Sunshine State
    yours too??? one of ours has literally dug a hole under the fence so he can gain access to our front horse paddock, the only problem is that he is now teaching all the other goats this same trick [​IMG]
  4. Thomas423

    Thomas423 Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    Port Deposit, MD
    My Pygmies will "dance" for animal crackers. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 11, 2009
  5. username taken

    username taken Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
    Yep. I just recently lost my therapy doe (she would go round nursing homes, hospitals, schools etc) and she knew the following voice commands:

    walk on
    steady (slow down)
    whoa (stop)
    gee and haw (left and right)
    wait (variation on stay, she needs to stay there but can shift around, sit down, stand up etc. as opposed to stay when she isnt allowed to move a muscle)
    leave (as in leave it, if she wants to grab something in her mouth)
    hop in/hop up (to get into a car or on the truck)
    stand (stand still and 'brace' so that someone can lean weight on her or use her to pull themselves up)

    My harness and pack guys are trained to be driven by voice commands, walk on, steady, whoa, gee and haw, they also know stand and hop in. Two of them (Charlie and Chaplin) will drink out of a coke can on command. One (Charlie Jnr) will open a gate on command (thank god he's not smart enough to do it all the time). Another of my wethers (Gizmo) will rise up on his hind legs on command. I also have a doe (Spot) who is trained to climb up a ladder and down the other side, she will also turn in a circle on command. We are practicing it at ground level now, but soon I will put the two together and have her climb the ladder, stand on the platform at the top, and turn in a circle. And I have one more doe (Calamity) who will jump onto a 44 gall drum and balance on it while it rolls around, she is slowly learning to move the drum along a set path.

    So yes, goats can be trained, they are very intelligent and that is both a good thing and a bad thing! I find they respond better to clicker training than treat training - goat brains fly out the window when food is involved.

    I have a show doe who will open her pen at the show, then walk down the aisle and open the pens that her two friends are in. Seriously, I was gobsmacked when I first saw her do it. I definitely didnt teach her that!
  6. taraann81

    taraann81 Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    so username taken. Is clicker training a goat the exact same as clicker training a dog? It sounds like you have some very smart goats. I wasn't thinking of anything quite so grand, just maybe shake hands or something but who knows.

    Do they learn quickly? or is A LOT of repetition required?
  7. rbd171

    rbd171 In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    you mean like jumping on the hood of my brand new car?
  8. username taken

    username taken Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
  9. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    Jump through Hoops!!
  10. username taken

    username taken Songster

    Jan 31, 2009
    Quote:ah yes, I forgot about that one! I had a little boer wether who did that a long time ago, but I sold him [​IMG] he was a cutie, not real bright though. Took me quite a while to get him to learn that trick

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