How to Potty Train a Pygmy Goat

Written by kristin jirovsky
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Pygmy goats are a great, exotic animal. Though they're best kept in a wide roaming area, such as on an acreage or farm, pygmy goats are a great domesticated pet and a fun addition to any family. Females grow to around 27.2 Kilogram and males grow to around 36.3 Kilogram. They grow to an average of 23 inches. This makes it feasible for a pygmy goat to live in a home. Unfortunately, goat faeces have a pungent aroma, and goats often drop faeces where they stand. This cannot be avoided, but urination can be trained. Training should start with a new baby goat for the best circumstances.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Baby goat

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    Place the baby goat outside either the minute it wakes up or finishes a bottle. These are the two most common times it will urinate. It will urinate outside and try a command such as "Go potty?" or "Go pee-pee?" This will relate this command with the goat's urge to urinate.

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    Wait for the goat to urinate. Once it has done so, praise it with petting and a happy voice. Use voice relations such as "Good boy (or) girl!" or "Nice job!" Goats enjoy a pleasant scratching behind the ears.

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    When you bring the goat back inside, praise the goat again and this time take it further by giving the goat a treat it really enjoys. Save this particular treat solely for potty-training praising.

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    Use a diaper. Because goats cannot control where their faeces drops, a diaper can be used. Use similarly to a diaper for a baby. This should be changed every half an hour to ensure that the goat will not be uncomfortable. If you decide that a diaper is not necessary, goat faeces can be easily swept up.

Tips and warnings

  • If you decide to not keep your goat in the house, it can still be potty trained to urinate outside of a pen or cage that it's kept in. All steps remain the same.
  • Goats have a habit to chew. Do not become upset if a goat chews a shoe or piece or clothing, but expect it.

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