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Why do goats paw at things?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Crest Acres Girl, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Crest Acres Girl

    Crest Acres Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern California
    I have a 3 week old goat and she loves to jump around and then paws at things, she paws at me and she paws at the ground or the blankets. sometimes she paws at her bedding before she lays down. Why do goats do what they do? [​IMG]
  2. username taken

    username taken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dr Harry, a famous tv vet once asked a handicapped girl and her mother, to point to their dogs hands. The mother pointed to the dogs front feet. The handicapped girl pointed to the dogs mouth. The mother scolded the girl and said dont be silly. Dr Harry said, hang on, she's right. Dogs dont have hands so they use their mouth to feel, touch and explore things.

    Well, if dogs have their hands in their mouth, then goats have their hands in their mouths AND front feet. They nibble on things and they also paw at things. It is just their way of exploring the world and figuring things out. And goats are intensely curious about everything.

    And then also they like to dig before they sit down, to make sure the ground or their bedding is 'just right'. Bit of a goldilocks thing.
  3. MissCluck

    MissCluck Chillin' With My Peeps

    My LaManchas definately use their hooves as a "GIVE ME NOW!" communication. Their favorite is to jump on the feed bin and paw it at dinner time. They know they only get a handful of grain (being wethers) but they always dream that the lid will open and they will fall in.[​IMG]
  4. Crest Acres Girl

    Crest Acres Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2008
    Southern California
    hahaha thats too cute, my goat is a la mancha too. Goats are so awesome :3
  5. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Just be happy they don't have thumbs.
  6. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    they also paw to get attention

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