Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted Dec 21, 2013
When I lived in a trailer park in Oklahoma, my landlady owned a herd of pygmy and Spanish/Boer goats. My review is about one of the more individually unique Spanish/Boer billies. Snowman was the head billy. I got to know him when he was just reaching his maximum size in life. I started helping my landlady with taking care of her goats when my landlady had to go to the hospital.
Snowman was extremely territorial and possessive when it came to the nannies. The first Easter that I spent at this trailer park was the most memorable for me. All the kids in the trailer park were at my trailer while the adults hid Easter eggs throughout the landlady's yard. Once the eggs were hidden, I escorted the children over to the landlady's house. On the way there, the whole goat herd crossed the footpath in front of us. Unfortunately, I told the kids to stop. Snowman thought I was talking to him! He actually attacked me in front of the kids. The kids freaked out and ran to the landlady's. I ended up wrestling with Snowman. Once I got him wrestled to the ground, I stared him in the eye and started talking to him. I explained to him that I was not hollering at him, but at the human children. I told him that if he understood me, to vocalize his understanding. He did, and I let him up. We walked to the landlady's house and I told him that he needed to apologize to the children. He walked up to each of the children and gently nibbled on their fingers. After that, he nudged me in the back. When I reached into my back pocket to get my cigarettes, they were gone! I ran after Snowman and found my pack of cigarettes in his mouth. I took the cigarettes from him and my landlady said that she gave the goats tobacco to keep them healthy from worms. So, I gave Snowman a cigarette.
If you are having behavior problems with your goat, show them that you are alpha. When you talk to them, look them in the eyes and talk to them. After saying what you need to or want to tell them, tell them to vocalize their understanding. Once you do this, you will notice that the behavior problems will become reduced.