Donkeys naturally have deep-rooted self-preservation skills. What are predators for the donkey? Coyotes, wolves, cougars, bear and yes our precious pet dogs. If we think about it the dog resembles the wolves and coyote the donkey does not know the difference until they are trained and understand their life is not in jeopardy.
Donkeys can learn to tolerate a dog but it takes a really good trainer utilizing outstanding leadership with the dog and the donkey. Did you know adult mammoth donkeys are used for protection of livestock? Make sure your donkey has at least one more donkey as a companion as all equine are healthier and happier when not left alone. Here is a Video of me working with Rio with the Parelli carrot stick.
Place hot wire beneath the paddock fence to ensure no dog or predator can get in by crawling under the fence. The Parelli carrot stick works as a great tool for me creating an extension of my arm and helps me stay in the leadership role when working with the equine and the dog. Please never abuse the dog or the donkey with the carrot stick, that’s why Mr. Parelli named it the carrot stick no abuse. Remember donkeys never forget anything ever.
Safety is the most important concern when working with equine (donkeys, horses and mules) and our beloved dogs.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!