Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern California
Behavior with baby goat - question
The other day I introduced Ammi to a 4-day-old baby goat. Ammi is a 3 year old GSD, and she has had one litter.
I told her the goat was a BABY and to be gentle. She sniffed and snuffled and nosed and licked that baby goat all over, then she started to chatter and drool like a male dog smelling a female in heat.
What is this behavior? Is it simply excitement? Conflict between prey/maternal drive?
Ammi has had some experience with herding. I've had her at my place since last summer. She's seen and sniffed our goats but hasn't been in with them, or done any herding with them. Mainly she just ignores them, but this baby really turned something on! Any ideas?