Training a screaming goat.

Our7Wonders

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I posted a couple weeks ago about my screaming goat and how something had to be done. I had hoped it would get better as she became used to her babies not being there. No such luck.

I had posted that I might consider a bark collar and another member posted here that she had a friend who had successfully used one.

I bought a bark collar last night and thought I might journal our results here just in case others may find it helpful. Please don't anyone bash me for doing this - it's come down to being our last ditch effort. I'm doing this to save her. If we can't get her trained to be quieter than she'll have to go. She has reached a point where she was disturbing the whole neigborhood.

So she wore the collar last night from about 6pm until 8pm. The first few rounds of *corrections* scared her. I felt horrible. Considered taking it off and then my hubby reminded me that if I truely do want to keep her this had to be done.

Within an hour of wearing it she was quietly munching on her hay - and chewing her cud. I felt bad for her though, when she's not screaming at the top of her goat lungs, she likes to *talk* to us when were out there and she can't do that with the collar on. It obviously taught her fairly quick not to scream - now the trick will be whether or not she'll eventually learn to *stay* quiet without the collar. I understand this can take some time - I'm expecting at least a couple weeks. We'll put the collar on in the morning before I let her out and milk her. She'll wear it all day and then in the evening, after milking, I'll take it off again and lock her in for the night. She's usually fairly quiet in the evenings when she's locked in.

When she received the first two rounds of corrections today she again ran around rather scared - I keep Jasmine and her babies locked up during that time because in her scared running I'm worried she'll hurt a baby. 10 minutes after it going on today she was munching hay quietly again.

It really does make me sad, but I'm working on tough love here. I love my goats and I don't want to have to get rid of her. I'm hoping this will work and we can all be one big happy family again.

I'll continue to post my results - good or bad hopefully they'll be helpful to someone else.
 

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I'm sorry that you have to do this to her but I do understand. My goaties had to learn not to climb on the fence after I installed the hot wire, and though I felt terrible when they got zapped, I knew that ultimately, it was for their own good because if I couldn't contain them they couldn't stay. Good luck and do let us know how it turns out :)
 

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Thank you for posting that. I have been feeling horrible for the zap that she gets, but really it isn't any different than a hot wire (likely even milder, since it's battery operated). I don't have electric fencing at all so I totally spaced that people use a *zap* to train goat all the time! I feel better, thank you!
 

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I am so sorry you are having to go through this and your girl is too. But you are doing what you need to do to keep her. I pray it works for her and you. Good luck and please keep us informed. :hugs :fl
 

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Tough love is sometimes the only solution for some situations - with people and animals.

I applaud you for wanting to keep her so much that you are willing to take the tough way. I had to use a no-bark collar on my dog a long time ago. It was awful for me but it worked and he stayed with me until he was 17 yrs. old and had to be put down. It was worth the personal agony of watching him learn with it knowing that he wasn't being permanently injured (I've had too many experiences with electric fences myself) and it was truly for his own good.

Good luck... hang tough.
 

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I keep one on my dog most days. He drives me nuts with his barking every time the he thinks he hears something, but I love him and I know very few people would take him since he's such high maintenance. I hope this works out for you and your goat.
 

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I hope it works out for your girl.

We zap trained our dog, not really for barking but for all bad behaviour and she is the most well behaved dog I have ever seen, except when she gets too excited about flashing lights or car rides. Then not even the shock collar can quiet her. :p It works on dogs, and I think goats are nearly if not equally smart so I hope it goes well with you. Definitely something for me to keep in mind since we currently live with my elderly grandmother who cannot handle loud noises like a goat screaming.
 

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This option will defiantly be considered if our goats don't quiet down, they like to scream at 5 in the morning or at any large human shaped form. D:
 

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