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« on: September 28, 2012, 02:47:45 AM »

I'm just starting to leash train a six month old wether with hopes of training him to pack next year. What challenges will a Michigan winter bring or should I wait until spring to start training when he will be a year old?
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2012, 05:37:51 AM »

I woud think that a Pack goat needs to be able to follow in all conditions, so as long as it is ok to be outside, then I would work all winter with him.
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012, 06:51:35 AM »

I woud think that a Pack goat needs to be able to follow in all conditions, so as long as it is ok to be outside, then I would work all winter with him.
Rocky

Yep I ditto that. Smiley

Goats do not like to be out in the rain...I'm laying odds you won't either knowing how cold that rain is...so don't expect him to want to learn any thing out in the rain.  Snow doesn't bother them so bad, some except it, and some hate it.  Just work with your boy slowly and make all his training sessions a positive lesson and he'll want more and more of it when he sees you coming with the halter and leash. Smiley

Just a note..and not saying you'll do this...BUT..just a tip here...Please do not tie your goats up to a tether line or any other fashion of tying them up...Goats panic, and spook and hit the end of the tie out line and snap their necks very easily...so please don't tie them up.
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 05:53:14 PM »

just getting him used to a collar and leash, walking him around the yard. Rewarding him with just a few grain pellets to keep him focused.
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2012, 03:14:27 AM »

try a halter instead of a collar...you'll find it easier and he'll be more comfortable in it.  Plus it won't put pressure on the neck.

Say you're gonna have to share some pictures of these Kiko's you own...my passion is the Kiko...Rockytopsis has Percentage Kiko, and she trains for cart and halter leading...

Yep, you gotta love the gentle giants of the Kiko world...a good wether goat..worth his weight in gold!!!
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2012, 05:00:04 AM »

Pics are tough with dial up internet but yea we love our Kikos too.
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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2012, 07:51:42 AM »

I have been working with Shaq since he was 3 months old. He has done 7 Farm City Days, ( all 4th graders in the city schools), about 10 or more parades, 7 Pumpkin towns, ( area wide festival ) 1 Fried Green Tomato festival (area wide also), 1 birthday party, 1 Moo Fest (another area wide festival).

Just take baby steps with your guy. As soon as he has one task down pat, introduce him to another. Shaq is used to just about anything. The only thing that I have found he just wont tollerate is the noise of a near by generator.

Rocky
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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2012, 05:31:59 PM »

love it, absolutely love it Nancy!! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2012, 03:22:58 AM »

I think the leash was information overload. I have put a halter on Max and am just getting him to follow me. It has taken a while but he will leave the yard without getting too jumpy  or getting overly distracted by his next morsel. If I get too far ahead he catches up quickly just to score another taste of whatever is in my pocket. I'll probably try the leash again after a few more days of getting used to the halter.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2012, 06:02:32 AM »

Yup baby steps and we need pictures please Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2012, 03:24:14 AM »

Dial up and pics are tough, we are working towards something faster and then I will post pics. Letting the goats out of the pen and having them just hang out while you are outside is the real reward because my goat raising seems to be just an expensive hobby. Even if I screw up the training I will still keep goat proofing the shop so he can rattle safely around while I'm working. I'm maintaining high hopes for the pack though, I think the cart would require too much discipline on my part not the goats.
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