Death Valley’s Wild Burros~ —

Seems the park would want people to come and visit the park. The donkeys are part of the excitement of the visit. The decision was made to protect plants in lieu of the wild burros. Truly a sad day for the United States Of America.

Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower ’48 consisting of 5,270 mi² s of barren, beautiful desert. It holds the world record for the hottest place on earth topping out at 134 F in 2013. Burros (donkeys) were introduced to the park by gold miners in the 1800’s. Some escaped and […]

Death Valley’s Wild Burros~ —

Teaching A Donkey – Does Age Matter?

Wondering if you can teach an old donkey new things? 

The first step in teaching a donkey is taming the donkey, building a relationship built on trust, love, and clear leadership; be a dependable human one who is on time with meals and clean water.  Teaching a donkey to do anything takes patience, timing, emotional control (staying in neutral in your mind), keeping a great sense of humor as donkeys are smarter than some humans 🙂

What does it mean when my donkey comes running at me with his/her ears back?

Important you understand that donkeys are not horses.  Most of the time this means the donkey is excited to see you and playing if your donkey looks angry and has his/her teeth showing in anger than you need to be aware and correct this without abuse.   “Donkeys should not be punished for having their ears back and running at you”, the same as we should not pop them in the face when nipping.  Say NO when they try to nip and mean it when you say it.   Remember safety is most important so pay attention, be plugged in when around your donkey and most importantly enjoy your donkey as a donkey is a gift from GOD.  A well cared for donkey is a donkey that is not abused, this donkey is just like a black lab, they want to be loved on, they want to put their donkey head on your shoulder.

What is the best age to work with a donkey?

Newborn no doubt for imprinting, loving, teaching them to trust us humans but please remember the baby donkey has the attention of a human child.  Small training sessions no more than fifteen minutes and then move on to something the baby donkey loves like a massage etc. 🙂  Donkeys love to be touched, massaged and talked to they are the perfect companion for our human souls.  Our donkeys are like black labs they are always excited to get our human attention but you must understand we have earned the donkeys trust and love.  Relationships take time, take your time.

What is the most difficult age?

Any age after the donkey has been abused by a human or a human authorizing a dog or anything else to torment and hurt the donkey – never forget a donkey never ever forgets good or bad and they are watching to see if you the human will be a great leader and protector or stand by and let them fend for themselves.

Did you know donkeys freeze when scared?

Yes, donkeys can freeze when scared and donkeys can bolt when scared it just depends on the donkey so be prepared to try to help your donkey relax and understand you the human leader will indeed lead and take care of their every need.  Domesticated donkeys need us humans to lead not follow.

Why does my donkey need a purpose to do stuff?

Donkeys are not horses with long ears, donkeys are donkeys.  Donkeys have evolved by stopping and thinking before doing anything they rarely bolt like the horse, remember I said rarely the donkey can get startled and react like a horse but the time they need to calm down is much faster than the horse.

What’s Most Important?

The most important thing I can share with you about training your donkey is to enjoy your donkey.  You chose the donkey the donkey did not choose you!  Everything great in this thing called life takes a bit of hard work and owning donkeys is a gift from GOD in Jesus Christ precious name.  Please remember all animals have feelings, all animals depend on the human owner to take care of them so be a human angel and take the best care of your animals as you possibly can.  How we treat the animals is most important to our most fragile world!

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner
Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

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Wild burros part of the immunocontraception Platero project in Arizona.


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Donkey Behavior


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Donkey 101 Video On Demand Training Course – 19 Videos


Donkey 101 focuses on unique and proven techniques that train you, the owner, to train your donkey so you and your donkey enjoy a balanced, positive and rewarding relationship.  Donkey 101 includes 19 instructional videos and a six page PDF that you can print and take to the Farm.


Donkey 101 teaches the fundamentals of resistance-free, natural training for you and your donkey. We offer a holistic training approach that includes insight and guidance into donkey psychology, emotion and behavior. Donkey 101 includes 19 instructional videos with over 1 hour of training content by trainer Melody Johnson and a 6 page PDF outlining and highlighting core training points.

A Small Training Area
Training Tools
On Donkey Time
Building Trust
Three Second Rule
Personal Space
Your Donkey Catches You
Walk-On and Whoa
You are the Leader!
How to Ground Tie
Going in and out of Stalls
Introverts and Extroverts
Backing up
Teaching “Over”
Walk-On, Whoa and Back Up
Donkeys are not Stubborn!
Going in and out of Gates
Taking Your Donkey for a Walk


Donkey 102 E-Training Video Series is for students who have completed Donkey 101. Take an in-depth look into donkey personality, herd mentality, the rescued and traumatized donkey, how to pick up the front and back feet and various other problem solving techniques.

Donkey 102 contains 16 Videos with over 3 hours of training content by trainer Melody Johnson and our 11 page PDF outlining and highlighting core training points.


We are proud to announce our new Donkey 102 E-Training Video Series now available to all students who have purchased and practiced our Donkey 101 Online Training Course. Donkey 102 E-Training Video Series is for intermediate students and takes an in-depth look into donkey personality, herd mentality, the rescued and traumatized donkey, how to pick up the front and back feet and various other problem solving techniques.

1. Introduction
2. Making a Commitment to Your Donkey
3. Knowing the Signs of Stress and Fear in Your Donkey
4. Donkey Personality: Introvert or Extrovert?
5. Understanding Herd Mentality
6. The Rescued or Traumatized Donkey
7. Endorphins Versus Pain
8. Teaching Your Donkey to Tie and Stand
9. Preparing Your Donkey for the Farrier/Veterinarian
10. Blanketing Your Donkey
11. The New DWF Training Tool Stick and String
12. When Your Donkey Does Not Respect You as a Leader
13. Picking Up Your Donkey’s Front Feet
14. Picking Up Your Donkey’s Back Feet
15. Having Fun with Games and Obstacles
16. Conclusion: Your Donkey is Waiting For You!


Training A Donkey News

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Donkeys evolved in the desert and were given the gift of self-preservation in the form of the ability to think and problem solve. Donkeys must have a serious low sugar/protein diet. Donkeys need shelter, fresh clean water and warm water in the winter months. Donkeys are game players. Donkeys do not have the physical speed a horse has to out-run the predator.

Donkeys force humans to learn how to keep many tools in the training tool box. Never force a donkey as the next time you work with the donkey the donkey will not follow you as a leader. Never betray your donkey as your donkey will never forget anything you did or did not do to keep the donkey healthy and safe. First and most important issue is to help our donkey relax and trust us humans and their environment. Outstanding fences, gates and locks are a must as donkeys are visual learners and will quickly learn how to escape.

Humans must learn to set the donkey up for success. Reverse psychology is a must. Learn how to train using exercises and games along with the honor donkey. The three second rule is important along with ending short lessons on a good note. Stay On Donkey Time ® as tomorrow your donkey will show you what he/she has learned.

When a donkey is brought into a new home the donkey will pretend to know nothing. Why? The donkey is leading the human and will continue to lead as long as the human repeats the same mistake over and over. Remember donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys have the ability to think and plan full-time. Donkeys bond for life to humans and animals. Donkeys have photographic memories. Learn Donkey Behavior and your donkey will follow you anywhere you want to go.

Never abuse a donkey. Never betray a donkey. Never bribe a donkey. Learn donkey behavior, personality and psychology. Your donkey is waiting for you!

Select Donkey Whisperer Farm to order Donkey 101 & 102 video on demand. Take Melody Johnson, Donkey Behaviorist to the farm with you using any smart device. Print out the PDF booklet to learn valuable insights into your donkeys mind.

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Donkey News


Let’s Play


Play is an integral part of donkey health and welfare. Donkeys are extremely playful by nature and can be observed running, jumping, boxing and wrestling with each other when in a herd or when in a partnership.

Play is a vital component to donkey physical and mental health. As with human beings, play is important to the development of the muscle skeletal system including leg strength, joint flexibility, mobility and muscle development, including heart health.

Play also facilitates psychological and emotional health by releasing specific hormones and endorphins in the brain that encourage a feeling of well being, relaxation and even joy.

Here at Donkey Whisperer Farm each donkey is paired with at least one friend or more. No donkey is ever alone. We always encourage donkey owners and caretakers to have at least two donkeys for companionship. We encourage that you match up geldings to geldings and jennies to jennies. Geldings and jennies have a different way of interacting and playing and it is best that they are allowed to bond and play with a same sex partner.

If you only have one donkey, please encourage play by putting enrichment toys around their barn and paddock. Use slightly deflated soccer balls, equine toy balls, construction cones and black rubber feed trays. Please don’t use wood or metal objects. Many donkey owners make the mistake of letting their donkeys play with a stick or tree branches. Sticks and branches can be a favorite toy, but we have seen numerous emergency cases including chokes, splinters in the throat, impacted splinters in the teeth and eye injuries.

Be safe, have fun and lets play!

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm 


Donkey Training Video

Select Donkey 101 Video On Demand as we train the owner to train the donkey from the comfort of your home. All of our videos are sold with lifetime access. Use any smart phone or device take Melody Johnson to the farm with you. The E-BOOK is a powerful way to learn donkey behavior. Its all about you! Your donkey is waiting for you to learn donkey behavior.

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC