Alpaca Etiquette

The guidelines below will help you to make the animals feel at ease in your presence so that you can experience how beautiful it is to interact with them. Before Bill takes you out into the pasture, please read about alpaca etiquette and learn how your attitude, behavior and physical attire set the tone for your encounter with these magical creatures.

Alpaca Etiquette

Because this is a farm, our top priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our animals, while also providing a special opportunity to our guests.

DOGS: Pre-approval required to bring your pet, see information below.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALPACAS

Alpacas are alert, curious, and afraid of you, your unpredictable hands and your dogs. They are aware of your presence, and can make a judgment about you from your body posturing and fragrances, even from 50 feet away. You will set them at ease if you come gently into their world, to quiet yourself and to observe. This will literally make all the difference in the kind of experience you have and will set the tone for the next group of guests that come after you as well.

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO ENTER THE PASTURE?

Never go into the pasture without Bill Fraser. If you meet with Bill in the morning at feeding time, he will show you how to feed them and let you participate. After they are fed in their pins, we often pet several and play with them. They’re sensitive to fragrances. So avoid perfumes and scented lotions, especially when handling their food. Call Bill 360-640-1554.

ATTITUDE AND BODY LANGUAGE

Each alpaca has a very distinct personality and has their place in the herd. They are very interested in what you are doing, but do not want you to touch them. Keep your movements gentle and steady.  It’s best to have your hands at your sides or in your pockets. Waltzing in with a macho attitude can send the message that you want to challenge their leader, which makes all the animals nervous. Alpacas are alarmed by loud raucous talking, fast movements and especially by loud laughter. Instead, calm yourself.  Quietly tune in to your 5 senses (you’re surrounded on all sides by magnificent nature anyway).  Go curiously into the alpacas’ presence, to connect with them at the level of nature; and learn what they have to share with you.

KIDS: Alpacas like children. Encourage your children to stand still, with hands down and to move slowly.

ATTIRE

The alpacas feel safest if they can see YOU. The more you cover up, with hoods, hats or sunglasses, the more suspicious and unsafe they will feel. Even a large camera lens can seem like a strange, giant eye to them. It’s better to let the them check you out, while you check them out. It’s a win win!

DOGS

DOGS: REQUIREMENTS & INFORMATION

  1. Before you can bring a dog to the farm, you must get pre-approval from Bill Fraser. Contact him with the breed and size of your dog. His contact information is at the bottom of this page
  2. Dogs are not allowed to run loose on the property.
  3. Dogs must be kept on the upper side (beach side) of the house and are not allowed to go into the pasture.
  4. Dogs with attitude are not a right fit for the farm.  Loud and rowdy dogs get the animals riled up to where they won’t come in to feed when they’re supposed to.  The alpacas will avoid a person who smells like a dog they have had a frightening encounter with.  One bad dog experience ruins the alpacas for the next few guests who come.

Thank you!

We thank you for taking this time to learn about alpaca etiquette and for your efforts to tread lightly upon the sanctuary of our animals.

Bill Fraser
Cell: (360) 640-1554
Email: fraswood@whidbey.com

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