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Train 3 month old Embden Goose to not run away from humans?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by AflactheDuck, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. AflactheDuck

    AflactheDuck Chirping

    Jul 17, 2018
    Columbiana, Ohio
    I have a goose that I'm training to walk on a leash and communicate with the environment. He will eat out of your hands and let you pet him but he runs away when you approach him. any help?

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  2. DiYMama540

    DiYMama540 Songster

    Jun 25, 2019
    SW VA
    No tips here...even though mine are friendly and eat from your hand...they still walk away from me if they think I'm trying to catch them and pick them up. Love the picture of your dirty birds! Looks like they were making mud pies! :lau
  3. Helloworld

    Helloworld Songster

    Jul 17, 2018
    Down on the Suwannee River
    Mine run away too. I don’t think they understand the pet part of us. They just want to be free and happy. I know why mine run away. Because I sell their babies and they are afraid they will be next.
  4. The goose girl

    The goose girl Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Goose instinct is to run away from anything approaching them. So the cardinal rule is to always let them approach you.

    When I trained my goose to let me put a diaper harness on her, I lured her close to me with treats. She learned quickly, and in a few days I only had to hold up the harness and show it to her, and she would run to me and practically stand on my lap to get her treat. She would get one treat for getting close to me, another when I was done putting the harness on her, and a third when I let go of her and stood up.

    I do the same thing now when I have to put my geese in the bicycle trailer. Slow movements, lure them in with a treat, and they're quietly scooped up before they even realize I reached for them. They get one treat for getting close to me, and another when they're both in the trailer and I've closed it.

    I've sometimes slipped up out of impatience. One step too quickly towards them, and it may take days (and many treats) to get back in the routine. It often feels as if I am the one being trained :D.
  5. N ID Goose mom

    N ID Goose mom Songster

    Apr 18, 2019
    North Idaho
    I have to be sitting on the ground and let them approach me. One of my geese will let me pick her up for a cuddle but the others like verbal acknowledgment mostly. If I’m on their level I can give chest scratches. So maybe get on his level and give treats.
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  6. Suri

    Suri Chirping

    try walk next to them instead of approaching from the front. When you approach them from the front, they would run away. My geese don't run away when I approach them from front or side.. I guess they are used to me handling them everyday.

    Patience is the key. Also talk to them often. Good luck!
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  7. servpolice

    servpolice Songster

    Oct 10, 2013
    Geese get intimated if you walk towards them (even if they're tame). Like someone mentioned walk not towards but at their side.

    No fast movements either because they'll get triggered.

    Slow and steady and talking is super important.

    Geese are hard to train if not raised from the moment of hatch but there are always ways to do it.

    I bought a gander and 4 geese years back and all were super shy but time came by and they all got tame.

    Personality of the goose is also a way to know how to approach him/her

    Best way to train and tame is using food. Food is key
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