yes, this is a serious question. i'm considering getting a goat. a smallish goat. probably without horns. are my dogs going to think that the goat is a tasty treat just for them? would it be better to get the goat as an adult or kid? i suppose i should ask the "goat" newsgroup, but i haven't found it yet.
i did find goats on petfinder, however, and there are quite a few in my area!
here are some of the cuties...
http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2584564

http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2661797

and of course, babies...
http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2679700

ok, maybe i'm not totally serious. but i'm thinking about it. and i want to make sure i don't get my heart set on a goat if she's just going to drive my dogs crazy because they can't eat her.
-kelly
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yes, this is a serious question. i'm considering getting a goat. a smallish goat. probably without horns. are my dogs ... goat as an adult or kid? i suppose i should ask the "goat" newsgroup, but i haven't found it yet.

if they're keen on harassing and/or eating small critters, then i would be very careful about managing the dogs and goat. i want Pygmy goats so badly it's not funny, but i know my dogs will not coexist peacefully with them. as far as they're concerned, critters is food.
http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2584564

aw, we had Nubians when i was a kid (haw!).
i dunno how i feel about "rescuing" animals from livestock auctions, though.
http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=2679700

there are few things cuter than goat babies. have you seen Pygmy goat babies? they're painfully cute.
ok, maybe i'm not totally serious. but i'm thinking about it. and i want to make sure i don't get my heart set on a goat if she's just going to drive my dogs crazy because they can't eat her.

i don't know what your dogs' tolerance for livestock is, but if you are seriously thinking about getting a goat, keep in mind that you're going to have to be very careful fencing it. they're nosy critters and are unbelievably good at escaping when it suits them.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
yes, this is a serious question. i'm considering getting a goat. a smallish goat. probably without horns. are my dogs going to think that the goat is a tasty treat just for them?

I don't think this is a pit specific question. Of my two, Khan will be really glad I've presented him with some slow deer, and Pan will be afraid of the goat unless she has back-up, which Khan'll be more than happy to provide. Can you take them by a goat farm (Is there such a thing?) and see how they behave? Although Khan has never come into real close contact with livestock, I know that he won't be good with horses, cows, etc. because of his reaction to them when we visited a farm.

Suja
yes, this is a serious question. i'm considering getting a goat. a smallish goat. probably without horns. are my dogs ... goat as an adult or kid? i suppose i should ask the "goat" newsgroup, but i haven't found it yet.

I'd say there's a better than even chance but it's not a certainty. Are you sure you want a goat, though? Have you ever had one? They're nearly impossible to contain and they're pretty stinky.

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yes, this is a serious question. i'm considering getting a goat. a smallish goat. probably without horns. are my dogs ... get the goatas an adult or kid? i suppose i should ask the "goat" newsgroup, but ihaven't found it yet.

I think that with proper fencing/containment that you could have both. I know that I want to have a couple of goats as well. However, even though Coda has done a little bit of herding, he is a chaser. He may not attempt to kill or harm them, but I know he would try to chase them. Bodhi leaves the livestock at my parent's alone, but I wouldn't trust him (either one, for that matter) around them unsupervised.
ok, maybe i'm not totally serious. but i'm thinking about it. and i want to make sure i don't get my heart set on a goat if she's just going todrive my dogs crazy because they can't eat her.

As long as the goats stay put in their area, and the dogs stay put in their seperate area, things should be okay. It would just take management on your part. I would think that Lola & Manu would grow accustomed to seeing the "new additions" and not go crazy seeing them after awhile. And, while they do smell like critters, usually just the intact males actually
have a very pungent "stink" to them (they'll pee on their own head/faces to try & entice females!).
Shelly & The Boys
yes, this is a serious question. i'm considering getting a ... that the goat is a tasty treat just for them?

I don't think this is a pit specific question. Of my two, Khan will be really glad I've presented him with some slow deer, and Pan will be afraid of the goat unless she has back-up, which Khan'll be more than happy to provide.

Ranger thinks of goats as a mid-sized snack (somewhere between squirrel and horse/cow/pig). Sam, otoh, is afraid of horses (something about being scruffed and flung 10' by a mouthy Thoroughbred as a pup put him off the whole equine harassment concept), and ignores the goat. In fact, I have to protect Sam from Hamish, who'd be more than happy to play "bowling with doggies" if he could. Of course, Hamish is pretty sure he's an exceptionally bright horse and not a moderately average Boer goat, so his reactions may not be completely typical of the species.

Since Duke doesn't show any interest at all in the house cats, I suspect he'd be equally distant with larger livestock once he understood that they're "people" critters and not wild things.
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I have to protect Sam from Hamish, who'd be more than happy to play "bowling with doggies" if he could. ... bright horse and not a moderately average Boer goat, so his reactions may not be completely typical of the species.

when i was growing up, we had free-range dogs, free-range goats, and a semi-free-range horse. keeping them all separated wasn't high on my parents' agenda. luckily, our dogs didn't chase livestock. we did* catch them all goats, dogs, and horse playing some weird variety of interspecies tag, though. i don't know what the rules of the game were, but they all seemed to enjoy it mightily. i'd occasionally find them *all curled up in a heap-O-cuteness in Buck's stall when i went out to do the ayem feeding.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
yes, this is a serious question. i'm considering getting a ... should ask the "goat" newsgroup, but ihaven't found it yet.

I'd say there's a better than even chance but it's not a certainty. Are you sure you want a goat, though? Have you ever had one? They're nearly impossible to contain and they're pretty stinky.

I know the bucks are rank (the fact that they pee on their front legs to attract lady goats doesn't help in that matter) but I've been around does and wethers and IMHO they don't stink any more than your typical hairy livestock. And when I did herding in Colorado I never noticed any special fencing to contain them. Typical fencing was 4 feet high, livestock wire fencing with a board on top to prevent sagging. The goat breeds I'm most familiar with are Kashmir, Angora and Pigmy. I was about to include Barbados but I just looked it up and discovered that it's a sheep breed. Huh, it looked more goatish to me but I'm not up on the subtle differences between goats and sheep.
Goats can be fun and full of personality. One book that would help with understanding pet goat behavior is "The Pack Goat." In the magazine, "The Clicker Journal" one contributor has a pet pigmy goat named Bently and she's experimented with all sorts of clicker training with him. He can fetch, run agility and do all sorts of tricks.
Chris and her two smoothies
Pablo and Lucy
And when I did herding in Colorado I never noticed any special fencing to contain them.

I've had friends here who have gotten goats and had terrible problems, not only with the goats jumping fences, but also with goats figuring out how to open gates and goats actually dragging stuff over to the fence so they could stand on it and jump over the fence. I think intelligence in animals is highly overrated.

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