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How to Train a Pygmy Goat

Updated April 17, 2017

Your pygmy Goat is going to be a challenge for you to train but with a little bit of work, you'll be able to make the most out of it, and have a well-trained goat that you will truly be able to love.

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  1. Training your pygmy goat and what it entails is something you need to fully understand before you undertake this challenge. Although your pygmy goat is very intelligent, and clearly able to complete tasks such as sit, stay, or roll over, he is probably not going to do them. This is because pygmy goats don't want to obey these certain types of commands. If your pygmy goat is happy and is enjoying his life and his surroundings, this will help in the training efforts.

  2. Provide the goat with a good home. A pygmy goat is a herd animal and shouldn't be kept alone. You should have at least two, preferably four, in a good area. A shed, that is at least 15 to 20 square feet per goat, is very important, and it should be a shed that is draft free. This will provide your pygmy goat with a great place to live. Remember that an elevated sleeping platform - one that the goats can easily get up on - is best for them. You should also provide them with an attached and enclosed pasture that they can get exercise in. This should be 25 feet square - give or take a few feet - and will provide them with room to run and play. In their home, they should have places to eat, as well as play. Pygmy goats enjoy playing and romping, so be sure that they have enough room. Giving them the right area is the first step to having a well trained goat.

  3. Provide your goat with fresh food and water. Remember that they'll eat hay or goat food but you might need to alter their feedings because pygmy goats can be quite picky when it comes to eating. Provide them with fresh and clean water daily so that they can continue to be happy. As a result, you will have goats that have the right accommodations. These will be the goats that will be most likely to get along well with training.

  4. Socialising your goat to yourself and other people is the next step in training. Spend time with your pygmy goat each day, or at least once every few days, and simply be with them. You can pet them and talk to them often - just as you would a dog or cat. Be sure that you get to know them and their personalities.

  5. Train your pygmy goat to stay near you by becoming friends with your goat. That way, she will want to come running no matter where she is, when she sees you. You can train her to come when you call, simply by giving her a yummy treat whenever she does come to you. This will teach her that coming to you is the right thing to do. Also, if you want to train your pygmy goat to walk on a leash or lead, you should attach this to him when he is just a kid, and allow him to get used to the feeling of it. Then you can gently begin to lead him around with it, always using soft and kind voices. This will help him understand what he should do and he'll be more likely to do it.

  6. Tip

    Be patient with your pygmy goat. Remember that he is a lot smarter than you might think he is. Working with your pygmy goat each day is the best way to train him


    Don't expect her to do things like "shake" or roll over. She might, but only on her own terms!

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Things You'll Need

  • Plenty of time
  • patience
  • goat treats

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