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I recently bought an adorable buckling, he was terrified of me when I first got him. We have become friends since then and I LOVE him to bits. He is sooooo uber friendly he will follow me around for pets. He loooves pets and scratches. I was wondering do friendly bucklings become mean bucks or will Peaches stay my little sweety?
 

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I usually caution people to not make bucks their sweety. He can have back scratches and learn to lead on a collar, stand tied, allow hoof trims. He can have occasional treats, but you don't want an in your face buck. Never let him butt you, cut you off or get too annoying for attention. He needs to respect your space.
 

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He's never tried to be mean, though he is pretty young. He is already peeing on his face though. All my goats are big pets, they're all kinda like dogs. He will follow me sometimes and and push his nose into my hand for attention. But he doesn't bug me too much. He does seem to respect my space, or at least I think he does. He's the goat in my photo, he didn't mind me taking a selfie with him.
 

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Yeah, overly friendly bucks can turn into pushy, sometimes dangerous bucks when rut and testosterone kicks in. They need to respect you, and sometimes there is a fine line between friendly and dangerous. Mine are friendly, but know their boundaries. If I give treats, which I do to all my goats, the bucks treats go in their feed buckets with their grain and not from my hand. And...even with the does, they need to "earn" the treats by doing something I want them to do....stand still on the milkstand, pose correctly for show, that sort of thing.
 

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Yeah, overly friendly bucks can turn into pushy, sometimes dangerous bucks when rut and testosterone kicks in. They need to respect you, and sometimes there is a fine line between friendly and dangerous. Mine are friendly, but know their boundaries. If I give treats, which I do to all my goats, the bucks treats go in their feed buckets with their grain and not from my hand. And...even with the does, they need to "earn" the treats by doing something I want them to do....stand still on the milkstand, pose correctly for show, that sort of thing.
It's the same for my does, they trade milk for feed. My two first fresheners are angels on the stand too... I think I'm lucky with how good my does are. My buckling though I don't think he's done anything disrespectful. He doesn't push me or pester me when I'm done petting him.
 

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If you wether him, he will not become a hormone crazed buck. Unless he is a superior buck that you have for breeding, wethering (neutering) might be your best bet to keep him as a good buddy.
He's a registered alpine buckling, so he's going to be my breeding buck. He does have 2 wether friends to keep him company.
 

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The issue is a lot of people won’t put a stop to things that seem cute now but will be dangerous when he is a hormonal, depending on the breed 200 pound animal that only has one thing on his brain. And also won’t establish personal boundaries. I have had 3 absolutely sweet bucks over the years and I didn’t put up with anything from them. I had a firm hand and have no issue making a lasting impression when they did something that was NOT ok. A lot of people can’t do that. They can’t swat their baby because he’s adorable and friendly and crawls into your lap to get their attention for loves, because he only wants loves now but one day he’s going to want girls and plowing you down to get to them won’t bother him. No buck is 100% trustworthy but one with not a speck of fear and respect of humans is the lest trustworthy of all.
 

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We have Nubians and TanMan is as nice a buck as you can ask to own. Bottle raised and gentle to handle. However after he got older and through his first breeding season he became a little bolder and just a hand swat was not enough to discourage him. The cattle hot shot did the trick. I can walk out in the lot with the hot shot and he knows to keep his distance other wise he is up close and friendly. So during breeding season he stays in his pen until needed and we keep an eye on him even though he has never tried to get ruff. He leads easy and gets on the milk stand and easy to trim his feet but A two hundred lb billy standing up on his back legs is about 7 feet tall and quite impressive. So keep him friendly but respectful of you.
 

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Like everyone else said, it’s all about them respecting boundaries. All of our bucks are friendly, and like getting some petting on the neck and back. They’re actually easier to handle than the does when it comes to foot trimming.

Our youngest buck just turned one year old and just got to breed a couple of does for fall. He’s turning into a jerkface and we’ve had to get onto him multiple times. Probably time for the spray bottle to come back out. He’s challenging the mature bucks who are twice his size and not backing down from them. Typical young buck. He’s not mean, but feeling his hormones.
 

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What breed is he? In the picture, he looks kinda like an alpine?
If he is a large breed imagen anything he does now as a 200+ pound animal. That means no jumping! Don't let him put his face in your face!
If you are keeping him with horns be careful around him! I know he's not mean but I have had my fair shear of bruises from my sweetest buck because I let him too close and he wasn't careful with them.
 

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I Love my bucks. I love my bucklings. I respect them and teach them to respect me. I always ask myself, when you grow into a 200+ lb freight train. Will you stop and respect what Ive taught you.? And keeping this in mind, I agree with Jessica84& others that demand respect. Otherwise..we are the ones that get hurt.
 

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My bucks have always been friendlier than my does, however they are also bigger, stronger, and stinkier than the girls. Like everyone else has said being friendly is fine and he will probably remain that way, but make sure it doesn’t cross into pushy, dangerous behavior that could hurt you when he is a big boy.
 

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Just put my 2 cents in from a Novice. I got one, he was a doll as a baby and for the most part he still is. The biggest thing, is he a male and he's intact so you gotta know.

I dont ever really take my eyes off of him.
Firm but solid commands keeps clyde at bay for me but for the wife he is still learning.
I dont let him ram my or anyone else.
 
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