We have learned that if you want the cooperation of your goats, you need to learn to think like a goat. If your goats are frustrating you, resulting in some colorful language and stress for you and the goat, you have a failure to communicate. Most people believe that goats just want to eat, roam, be milked, and butt heads. But a goat’s life is a bit more than that. Indeed, knowing what motivates a goat is the key to handling them easily and safely.
The three main things to remember are:
- Goats have individual personalities. So what works with one goat will not always work on the others. Be aware of this and embracing their individual uniqueness
- Goats are herd animals. They like to be close to each other and usually want to maintain sight. This is not usually dangerous UNLESS they are in a breeding mood. Also, depending on their personalities, they will begin to see you as part of the herd.
- The eyes of the goat are on the side of their head. This is important when approaching goats. Always approach the goat from the side, not the front or back.
Suzanne Gasparotto has a great short article on Learning to think like a goat to make your life easier and theirs too.