Jumping on you...what method do you use to stop it...

Discussion in 'Goat Management' started by MiGoat, May 6, 2010.

  1. MiGoat

    MiGoat New Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    West Michigan
    How do your break the habit?
    In kids.
  2. DPW

    DPW New Member

    Mar 13, 2010
    Crow, Oregon.
    Maybe we're just lucky but all the kids we've had that stood on us when they were little stopped doing so on their own as they got older.

  3. CrossCreekTX

    CrossCreekTX New Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Central East Texas
    Empty coffee can (metal, not plastic), bang em on the top of the head and say "NO!" as I do it. I use the same method to stop the bottle kids from trying to grab each other's bottles. After a few times, one that finishes first will back away and behave instead of climbing all over her sister and trying to steal. You can't reason with a goat, you have to use their language and train them.
  4. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    Like DPW, I have noticed that they do seem to outgrow it somewhat.

    With young kids I don't do anything because I don't want to make them afraid of me but after a couple months I'll start to push them off, turn my back on them, and ignore them if they get obnoxious. When they come up next to me and don't jump I will kneel down and pet them. If one gets really pushy or an older goat that knows better jumps I will smack it on the nose and say "NO!" or "DOWN!".
  5. sweetgoats

    sweetgoats Moderator

    Oct 18, 2007
    Peyton CO.
    Mine do outgrow it also. :leap:

    It is a good thing because we have a couple that are just so darn cute that we let them jump on us. :shrug:

    One will walk behind you and jump on you. If you ignore her she will put her head down and butt at you. It is cute as ever at 2 months old. :greengrin:
  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Yep... I think most kids do it...and do grow out of it..... :wink: :greengrin:
  7. DebMc

    DebMc Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    I have twin bottle babies that at 4 months are still very "hooves on". From the get go (7 weeks), I taught them manners beginning with four on the "floor". As soon as all four of their hooves were planted firmly on the ground, I'd click and treat, or "C/T". If they started to jump up, I'd turn away and walk in the opposite direction. Consequently, they now offer that and other learned behaviors (tricks) when they're seeking my attention, as opposed to jumping on me.

    I have a metabolic muscle disease plus a collagen defect so cannot let the goats jump up on me. In addition to "four", I taught the twins to "dance" as an alternative to jumping up and resting their hooves against my upper legs. To train them to do this, I used a peanut to lure them up onto their back legs making sure they were facing any direction as long as they were NOT facing me - "C/T". I also learned not to keep the treat bag on me or any goaties treats in my pockets, as they would jump up and try to help themselves.

    I taught my other goats, Angoras, to do various tricks for treats. So when they or the babies want my attention or a treat, they offer a learned behavior or trick instead of jumping up on me. Katie, herd queen and onery one, usually "counts" or "bows"when she sees me. Allison, meek and mild, has never jumped up on me but loves to target so will "touch" my hand with her sweet lil' nose. Trinity offers a "shake" or a "High ho!" which is similiar to "dance". And the twins default behavior is still "dance" although they have learned other tricks as well.

    Hope this gives you some ideas.

    Deb Mc
  8. mrs. lam

    mrs. lam New Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Mine grew out of it. If they get too happy at supper time I will open hand swat the nose and say 'Down'. That's kinda' cool that everyone's goats stopped doing it as they got older. But they will still steal your chair when you get up.... :doh:

  9. SDK

    SDK New Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Yucaipa ca
    ignore them.. goats can be trained like dogs, if not better
  10. Riot_My_Love

    Riot_My_Love New Member

    Gahh, you all are lucky! 14 mo buck just started, so I changed the way I fed them..

    Do you have a cattle prod, or a horse lunge whip? Get one (horse whip), and smack the ground with it. I do, and my goats HATE the sticks. It keeps my aggressive buck back, too.
  11. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    I step on their back feet when they jump on me and say "eeeh off" I had a bottle baby doe that always jumped on me NOT FUN.... stepping on her back hooves made her stop REALLY quick. She learned that behavior didn't feel good. She still runs right up to me every day and she likes to lean on me and wraps her body around me like a cat! LOL I'm just glad the jumping stopped.
  12. MiGoat

    MiGoat New Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    West Michigan
    Thank you all for your responses. Good info!
  13. Plumbago

    Plumbago New Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Carry a small bottle of water in spray container and when they jump spray them with the water and stern voice 'NO' very quickly will stop and they also get to know the NO word! ....
  14. Idahodreamer

    Idahodreamer Senior Member

    My girl waits until I'm bent over before making a jump for my back-- the other day she put her hoof through my hair and hung there by a rear leg. :eek:uch:
    I started throwing her off me, knocking the wind out of her, and she is slowly stopping.... Like Sarah said, they train like dogs, if not better. :D