If hitting a donkey (or any animal for that matter) produced positive results there would be very few naughty or dangerous donkeys. Hitting does NOT work, in fact, hitting your donkey only makes EVERYTHING worse and you, the human, lose every time!!
Hitting a donkey creates a huge disconnect between you and the donkey. The donkey simply moves into a deeper state of indifference, distrust and resentment. And take our word for it, donkeys will remember if you have been cruel, unfair or a poor leader.
We have never met a donkey that was inherently mean and hateful! Donkeys that are simply naughty are usually frustrated that they are not being heard. Donkeys are continuously communicating with us and telling us how they feel, what matter s to them and what they are fearful of. Donkeys will always give us a warning, the question is are WE listening?
Donkeys that bite, kick or strike are in psychological pain, physical pain or a state of heightened fear. They don’t need a ‘strong hand’ or a ‘good whipping’ they need a human that understands herd mentality, donkey psychology and knows how to listen, be patient and is a confident leader.
Even in severe cases of being kicked or bitten always walk away! Don’t escalate the situation by striking back. If you react by hitting or kicking your donkey you are the only one that is going to get hurt (we have seen people break their hands and their toes). Regroup and make a plan. Don’t go back to your donkey until YOU understand donkey psychology, how to build mutual respect and the basics of natural, non-resistant horsemanship (donkeymanship).
The bottom line is: Learn, become a good leader and watch your donkey respond with respect and a willingness to please you.
Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm Trainer is an expert in donkey behavior modification. Melody Johnson has trained thousands of students via Donkey 101 & Donkey 102 E-VIDEO ON DEMAND Series. Every student who comes to Melody Johnson wants the same two things; 1. To teach the donkey to stand for the farrier and pick up the feet with no kick or fight. Say the word foot and the donkey picks up the foot. 2. Teach my donkey to catch me as after a few weeks living with the new human even the most expensive and trained donkey will train the human to do exactly what the donkey wants. Donkeys are Smart Not Stubborn. “Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained” Melody Johnson.
Take Melody Johnson to the farm with you using any smart device. Donkey 101 and Donkey 102 is On Demand Training. You own lifetime access to these videos. We do not rent our videos. We understand life gets busy. You need time to study and learn.
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Sadly donkeys who have no social skills are at high risk for re-sale and meat buyers. Please take the time to learn how to train your donkey. Peace and harmony are guaranteed to come back to the farm. It’s all about the human. Preparation is the key to training a donkey. Donkeys learn at the release of pressure not from pain. The donkey has trained the human. Some donkeys are rescue donkeys meaning they have met the worst kind of human. Donkeys have photographic memories. Donkeys never forget good or bad. Fixing a donkeys that has been abused will take Donkey 101 and Donkey 102 and time. No donkey is a throw away donkey. Melody has rehabilitated hundreds of donkeys.
Melody Johnson trains the owner or caretaker how to train the donkey to pick up the foot. Melody teaches words not clicker training. Melody has taught students from all over the world to teach their donkey words, each student speaks the words walk-on, over, foot, back-up in their language. The donkey follows the words not a clicker. This is especially helpful when it is time to do advanced sports with donkeys such as donkey packing, riding donkeys, cart pulling, donkey agility and more. Everything Melody teaches will set the donkey and student up for success ensuring the donkey can live in his or her forever home. Donkeys learn words in any language. Preparation for the farrier is one of the most important factors in owning a donkey. Donkeys are strong and agile. Melody Johnson trains humans to understand how to train the donkey.
Take Melody Johnson to the farm via any smart device. Print out detailed instructions guiding you into the donkeys behavior and personality. Stay On Donkey Time ™ as donkeys cannot be forced to do anything. We cannot bribe a donkey and we cannot punish a donkey to follow us. The donkey must form a relationship with the human and most of all the donkey must trust us at all times. Never abuse a donkey, never let the donkey see you watching the donkey get hurt or abused. Donkeys will think, and think until they find away around the unfair human.
Melody Johnson explains the donkey personality and the human personality helping students learn how to control their energy and timing. Each human and animal has a unique personality. Extroverted and Introverted. Extroverted donkeys bray and have more go. Introverted donkeys are slow to respond to change and are seriously different to train. Like people the introverted donkey is more quiet, this donkey is seriously smart. Taking training into another level. Introverted donkeys learn at a different pace than extroverted donkeys. These donkeys are the donkeys when trained that we place our children on as these donkeys do not burst out with energy very often.
Donkeys are not stubborn, Donkeys are smart. Melody Johnson trains the owner or caretaker how to train the donkey to pick up the foot. Melody teaches words. Donkeys learn words in any language. Preparation for the farrier is one of the most important factors in owning a donkey. Donkeys are strong and agile. Melody Johnson trains humans to understand how to train the donkey.
I spent several years as an assistant to a trainer at an upscale Rocky Mountain Gaited Horse ranch where we bred, trained and showed over 30 horses. I watched trainers come and trainers go and the reason was always the same: the trainer could not teach what she/he was training to the owner. The trainer would forge an amazing connection and bond to the horse, but this bond, this mutual respect, this communication could not be transferred to the owner. When the owner would interact with the horse the horse was confused, the owner perplexed and soon the trainer fired. Why? The owner expected the horse to respond to him/her like the horse responded to the trainer. This simply never happened. I witnessed this ‘disconnect’ over and over again. Something was lost in translation.
Now donkeys. After 12 years at a donkey ranch I witnessed the same phenomena. Trainers came and trainers went. We even sent our donkeys to trainers off site. Each time I witnessed the donkey join up with the trainer, learn the trainers language, intuit the trainers every move; they were like a fine tuned instrument together. Finally the donkey returned home. The owner entered the scene and everything fell apart. Why wouldn’t the donkey respond to the owner? Why wouldn’t the donkey behave and perform for the owner like he/she did for the trainer? The trainer revealed some of his/her secrets, why couldn’t the owner apply the techniques, why couldn’t the owner speak the language?
It is my personal experience that only owners should be training their equine. Only YOU should be training your donkey! So, what does this mean? In today’s world of technology this is actually good news. With the internet, Skype, Facetime and YouTube there are infinite possibilities for you to learn to train your donkey. If you can obtain a college degree online, email our doctor and learn to play an instrument online, well, you can certainly learn to train our donkey through virtual resources.
So, where to go?
Donkey Whisperer Farm has been on the cutting edge training you the owner to train your donkey. Trainer Melody Johnson offers a basic training course through the Donkey 101 Video Series and does personal one-on-one training sessions through Skype. She teaches you ‘donkey language’, she teaches you how to translate and communicate with your donkey. She teaches you how to join up and energetically bond with your donkey. She teaches you how to send clear messages verbally and with your body language. She trains you to train your donkey basic manners and skills.
When YOU train your donkey there is no middleman. There is no disconnect, there is no confusion, there is no language barrier. When you train your donkey you forge a lifetime bond and commitment and nothing is lost in translation.
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