Behaviour Training

Many of the behaviours that donkeys present that lead to them being labelled as problem or stubborn animals arise as a result of the donkey lacking in understanding and self confidence.

A donkey does what a donkey does!

Donkeys have a reason for everything they do, and for the donkey their behaviour is totally appropriate for that moment in time.  It is the human handler that finds the behaviour presented by the donkey problematic.

Whilst putting pressure on a horse will initiate a flight response, doing the same to a donkey will often initiate a freeze response, and any physical pushing or pulling will be met with equal or greater resistance, hence the often used label of stubborn.

Training to help your donkey:

The training that Trudy Affleck uses can help increase, through improved focus, co-ordination and balance the level of self confidence and self control that your donkey has.  Once this is achieved, your donkey becomes a willing partner in taking on new challenges and learning new skills.

Through working with Trudy Affleck, you will develop better understanding of how you can help your donkey to learn and the steps that you need to take in order to achieve that learning.

How well does your donkey behave?

Trudy Affleck can help with problems such as:

  • Bonding and separation
  • Nervousness or tension
  • Difficulty with handling
  • Trailer loading
  • Feet being picked up
  • Being Led
  • Biting
  • Giving oral medication or wormers
  • Difficulty with touching ears

Why has my donkeys' behaviour changed?

As with humans, behaviour in donkeys can be influenced by changes to either mental or physical wellbeing.

If your donkey presents with sudden changes of difficult or abnormal behaviour it is advisable to consult with your vet first to ensure that pain is not the cause of the change in behaviour.  The training that Trudy Affleck uses is NOT a replacement for appropriate veterinary attention and should never be used as such.

Training tips for working with your donkey

  • Donkeys are not horses with long ears and the more traditional training methods often employed with horses may not work so well with donkeys.
  • Endless repetition of the same exercise does not work for most donkeys.
  • Remember, your donkey will not forget what you have taught him regardless of how much time has passed between sessions.
  • Keep sessions short, interesting yet challenging for your donkeys' brain and remember training should be fun for you and your donkey.
  • Set yourself up to succeed by only asking for something that your donkey is able to cope with emotionally and physically. 
  • Be patient and give your donkey time to respond to what ever you are asking of them.
  • Stop well before you've both had enough and be aware of the response from your donkey to what you are asking.
  • If something isn't going as planned don't worry, move onto something else. Even the best trained donkey can have days when things just don't go as expected! It's likely that next time you work your donkey things may be different.