December 16, 2004
Donkey Body Language
Do you have a donkey or mule who doesn't respect your space? Who crowds you or pushes you around at feeding time? I have several donkeys that can sometimes be pushy, and here are some ideas of how I like to handle this problem.
I have found that body language can often be a great training tool to discourage bad behavior, and to communicate with your donkey in many ways.
I like to watch my donkeys and learn from them. If another donkey is crowding or bothering the boss donkey, the boss will lay her ears back, give the offender a mean look, stomp her foot, and snort loudly to tell the offender to move back and leave her alone. If the offender doesn't take the warning, the boss donkey will kick her back foot in the air as another warning, and may even lunge a few steps toward the offender.
If you have a donkey who is crowding your space and not respecting you, you may find it very helpful to try imitating some of these donkey body language signals. It can be pretty funny to watch their reaction, too!
Next time your donkey starts getting too close, tell him through donkey body language to respect your space. Make sure and give him the warnings though before he gets so close that you don't have space to perform them.
The first time or two, he will probably give you a really surprised look. Then he will start learning to respect your space.
You may look like a total fool to some people when you are talking to your donkey in Donkey language, but you will have a much better relationship with your donkey or mule if you can communicate with him in a language he knows. If you are fair, and he knows where his boundaries are and has respect for your authority, you will have the foundation to a great life long relationship.
Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at December 16, 2004 11:08 PM