This is a basic schedule based on the goat’s age for raising a pack goat from birth to adulthood and introduction as a member of the pack string. Enjoy. More specifics on training goats can be found on my other pages. 

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BIRTH 

  • Start handling kids you want to pack with immediately after birth. Pick them up, play with them, and pay attention to them pretty much every day!
  • Once they are about 2-3 weeks old, start putting a collar on them and tying them to the fence with their mother and siblings to teach them to respect the leash
  • After they are okay with being tied, start trying to teach them to lead once they are eating grain with mom, (otherwise you don’t have a bribe to get them to come!). Bottle babies may naturally follow you about so you may not have to wait for them to be on solid food.
  • Once they are a month or more old, weather permitting, get them exposed to water.
  • At two to three months of age they can start learning to swim.
  • Hike them with mom when they are at least a month or more older, and start hiking them by themselves once they are becoming independent of mom.

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YEARLING (Soft Sided Pack)

  • Teach yearlings to load into the truck, (they are getting to heavy to lift!).
  • Start yearlings wearing a soft sided pack to get them used to the routine of putting a pack on.
  • HIKE and HIKE and HIKE with them.
  • Bring them along on trips with other pack goats they will need to work with so they learn to be in the herd and find their place in the pecking order.
  • Expose them to the scary things and obstacles they need to know to work as a full grown responsible adult goat.

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THREE YEAR OLD (Finished growing)

  • All breeds of goats should be finished growing by 3 years of age, (though there is breed variability on when goats have their major growth spurts), so now is the time to buy the saddle this goat will use for its useful life.
  • Teach the goat to wear a real pack saddle with panniers
  • Allow the goat to carry light loads in the pack saddle on trips

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FOUR YEAR OLD (Full packer)

  • The goat is now ready to really carry heavy loads and be a full pack goat!

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