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Donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys have been on earth for at least 5000 years. Much longer than the horse.
If you want to learn how to train a donkey you must first stop and think about the donkeys evolution and environment. The desert! Donkeys ears are used to hear the predator and to wave the heat away. Donkeys can survive much hotter weather than they can severe cold. Donkeys cannot survive extreme cold with wind chill temperatures in the teens and below 0 without human intervention.
Many donkey owners think the donkey can eat like a horse and be trained like a horse. Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To be Trained, Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm. Horses can out-run the predator. The donkey must be able to think, feel, evaluate and set into motion a plan of action to survive. Yes! Donkeys can problem solve and think around any predator, human, place or thing.
Donkeys first and most frustrating survival gift is the ability to determine a predator or threat quickly. Next the donkey develops a plan of action to out think the predator or human. Donkeys train humans quickly! In a matter of seconds a donkey will determine if a human, object, place, animal or thing is safe. The donkey is seriously into self-preservation and he/she will use his/her brain to survive each and every time he/she feels threatened. If you are going to train a donkey you must learn to think like a donkey. SELF-PRESERVATION IS NUMBER 1 TO THE DONKEY.
Donkeys second survival gift is the ability to eat very little sugar and protein. In the desert there is not much to eat, the ability to survive once again depends on the donkeys metabolism. The desert does not have green grass, lush trees, leaves. The desert has rocks and is hot arid, dusty dry terrain. The hooves were shaped and created for the desert. Donkeys do not do well standing in wet conditions, the hooves like to stay dry.
Interested in learning donkey behavior?
Select Donkey 101 & Donkey 102 Video Training Series On Demand. Take Melody Johnson to the farm with you using any smart device. Print out her booklet explaining donkeys behavior, signs of stress, relaxation, and personality. Yes donkeys have extroverted and introverted personalities just like people.
Endorphins a bite of a carrot a treat. Giving a bite of a carrot for doing the task correctly is a powerful training tool. One I Melody Johnson work hard to train owner of a donkey. Treats must be healthy and safe and training must be ON DONKEY TIME ™ meaning we are never stressed, or drilling the donkey. Short lessons. End on a good note and come back tomorrow to see what your donkey has learned.
- I am afraid to give a bite of a carrot as the donkey will become nippy? Donkey 101 teaches you how to be a fair leader. How to learn timing and stop the nip or bite. You are learning how to be a fair leader. A fair leader 100% of the time you are with your donkey. Donkeys will not eat anything if in fear or do not trust us humans. Donkeys cannot be bribed or beat to follow you as a leader. You must earn the respect of your donkey. This takes playing games with your donkey. Take a look at Donkey 101 & Donkey 102 Video Training by trainer Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm.
- I purchased a six thousand dollar riding donkey. I rode the donkey twice. Now the donkey will not come to me. Your donkey has learned how to train you. Donkeys have the gift of survival. It is time for you to learn donkey behavior and how to be a fair leader.
- When my sister comes over to ride my donkey will not follow her. Why? The donkey will follow the human who is fair and a leader. The donkey is smart not stubborn. If your donkey is riding in a pack of donkeys following the tale of a donkey your sister can ride. The donkey will take care of your sister. Did I tell you how smart donkeys are? Donkeys are smart not stubborn.