Livestock can be generally turned into pets if you wish them to and that's usually easy on one side because they are basically herbivores. Just stock up on grass and you'll be good. The other problem is that they sometimes come with crazy shenanigans that can drive you mad. Most of the time because there aren't that many companies who sell products that help you handle them. Unlike dogs and cats who have a large market willing to spend more for their pets, goats aren't that popular.
And because of that, these owners improvised to make sure that their goats don't hurt anyone when they feel like headbutting anyone. Unfortunately, goats don't actually headbutt with the end of their horns (which these people put pool noodles on) and the only function it has is to leverage things and regulate temperature. They headbutt with literally their head (strong thick skull and the base of their horns), so you should be covering their head, not the end of the horns.
But that aside, these goats have been looking hilarious with the new pool noodles that make them seem safer (they are not!).
While training while your goat is young, to avoid any aggressive behavior when they grow up, is the most desirable course of action, this pool noodle solution is a cute and funny temporary solution. How long they actually stay on the horns before they are ripped off and chewed is questionable, but if it protects someone from injury then why not?
Aggressive behavior can be anything from simply stubbornly disobeying and showing no respect to owners, to biting, kicking, and pushing things around with their sharp little horns. They don’t always do it on purpose though, these pool noodles can protect children playing with goats from getting hurt, or perhaps during milking.
And it’s not just pool noodles! People have improvised in all kind of ways to protect them from headbutts. From buckets and duct tape to tennis balls stuck on the sharpie bits.
Whatever method you choose, remember that training is always the best option, even if goats are famously stubborn and mischievous. It may take time and patience, but you’ll have endless fun watching your buddy wandering around with brightly-colored pool noodles fastened tightly on its horns!
According to the folks at Dummies, you can teach a goat to do almost anything with clicker training, just like you would with a dog. “You need a clicker, which is a mechanical device that makes a click sound, and treats such as peanuts or flakes of cereal,” they write. “By combining the click with a treat, you reinforce that the goat is doing the right thing. You need to start by getting the goat to make a connection between the clicker and a treat. To do this, click the clicker and then give the goat a treat about 20 to 30 times. Your goat begins to associate the clicker with food and eventually responds to just the clicker so you don’t have to supply a treat every time.”
“After you’ve shown the goat that treats are tied to clicks, you can start training. You train by issuing a command (“Come,” for example), and then clicking as the goat does what you want it to do and giving the goat a treat after he completes his task.”
“Of course, the goat won’t follow your command without practice. If the goat doesn’t respond to the command or does the wrong thing, you can just say “wrong” or another word, and then try again. Always click as the goat does the behavior and then give the treat. If you give the treat first, you risk the goat being caught up in eating and not noticing the clicker.”
What do you think? Do you have a goat, or would you consider getting
one? Could you imagine training a goat to be obedient?