How to Know if Your Pet Goat Likes You

Goats make a fun addition to any small farm. They become more than livestock, thanks to their irresistible charm and personality; they become pets if not family members. They're easy to grow fond of. You may wonder sometimes, though, if yours are fond of you. Look for telltales, and work to foster the relationship along.

Boy (4-7) touching goat, outdoors
Goats can make excellent pets for human kids.
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Vocalization

A pet goat who likes you will respond to your voice. She will generally come running; but even if she can’t reach you ,your goat will call out to you when she hears you. A friendly goat will have a happy and energetic sound to her cry, not a fearful one, and she will usually respond to you every single time you call out. She may also react to the sound of your footsteps even before she can see you. Folks who tend to whistle, hum or sing report that a friendly pet goat responds to those sounds as well.

Following

Don’t be surprised if your pet goat loves to follow you around like a puppy. Many goats become very attached to their humans; if your goat likes you, she may try to go everywhere you go. This isn’t always the best idea, since cars, neighbors’ dogs and predatory animals can hurt goats. Play with your goat in a safe area, but leave her behind if you are exiting the security of a fenced yard or pen.

Taming

Never do anything to make your goat afraid of you. Goats tend to be friendly and affectionate creatures, but they don’t always start out that way. Give your goat some reasons to like you. Number one in her eyes is food. Carry a few treats for your goat and offer some to her every time you see her. She may also enjoy a good brushing, especially when it’s shedding time and she’s feeling itchy. Yelling at a goat for any reason, chasing her or hitting her are all ways to make sure your goat is afraid of you instead of learning to like you.

Petting

Most goats like to be scratched or petted, but don’t pet your goat on the head or face. Goats use their heads for butting; many of them will take any touching of their head and nose as a challenge. She will rear up onto her hind legs and turn her head toward you, as though lining up to give you a good whack. Most of the time that’s just for show and she’ll drop without butting you, but even a friendly pet goat may surprise you with a solid hit from time to time if provoked even once.