at least that is what I have learned with our sheep. It appears to be working with the goats too 😉
When we brought them home, they had not had a lot of one on one handling, or ever had a collar on, but these boys have caught on so quickly! We started by putting their collars on before giving them their bottles, and consistently did that before each feeding. Now, they line up to have their collars put on!
What good little guys.
Once they were comfortable with the collars, we started tying them up before feeding.
This serves a couple of different purposes…one – they aren’t fighting each other for their bottles and second – they are learning to stand tied nicely.
When they were comfortable with their collars and standing nicely when tied, we started taking them for a small walk after they finished their bottles. This was only 2 days in. They are now very comfortable going on longer walks.
After bottle time, is time for scratches and snuggles 🙂