how long do you play with your goats? I play with mine most of the time for about an 1 hour
That is a very good point that I frequently forget to make about my relationship with Peggy Sue. I don't ever personally "play" with her. I let her cuddle me, and I pet and scritch her, but I always have my husband or son do the actual playing while I supervise and say encouraging things like, "You get 'im! Show that beasty boy whatfor!" All goat play is centered in dominance behavior and I don't want her to think she can challenge me. This is even true for an indoor pet goat, just like with most working dog breeds. She is gunning for herd queen, and while she loves her mommy, she'd still take me out at the knees if I encouraged that behavior.I don't play with the goats. I spend time caring for them, cleaning, milking, feeding and routine maintenance on the barn and animals. I need to be supreme queen doe. If I play, they start seeing me as an equal. If I am an equal, they do not repsect me as the leader and problems will result.
All totalled, I spend on an average of 5 hours a day working with or around the goats on my work days and about 8 hours on my days off.
Play is a very important part of my goats' daily routine. I can't personally play with my two outside goats because I'm extremely allergic to the dust and pollen they are always covered in, but during feeding time and every afternoon after school I send my children out to play with the kids for a while. Maybe they get a bit over an hour of actual play and lots of petting in between.
My inside goat gets regular baths and my husband and I play with her many times a day. She also hangs out in whatever room of the house I'm in when she's inside and she snuggles by me on the couch and watches tv in the evening.
My goats are like really smart dogs that eat hay.