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[Video] Most Important Factor to Successful Camel Training

The camel is a highly misunderstood animal and is often portrayed by the media as a cantankerous creature. As humans, our natural reaction is to either stay away from such creatures or fight them until they comply – because of the lack of understanding of the camels psychology. If we can’t understand the camel, will the camel have to understand us…? — No!

We all know that we should “treat others as we want to be treated” but truth be it…We’re our own worst enemies most the time – all that negative back chat, self talk would get you in trouble with the authorities if they could read your mind! Being a good human is a work of art. Most of us are working towards it because most (ahem, all) of us aren’t perfect!  The same is said for camels.

Camel’s aren’t trying to live up to their media portrayed status and ultimately just want to be a ‘good camel’. Their intelligence levels exceed our common knowledge of animals and their behaviours. In all our experience, camels are like an 8 year old human child in a camel suit. Their intellect and emotional intelligence match that of an 8yo child most of the time (depending on the camels age). It’s impressive to witness!

No camel ever wants to be intentionally ‘bad’ unless they are confused, hurt, threatened, or getting mixed messages. This calls for massive amounts of empathy and understanding when handling and training camels.

In this video we talk about the most important factor when training and handling camels – understanding their thinking and psychology. We also share what happens when that understanding is achieved and where that leaves you as the handler or trainer. 

 

Do you prefer to be empathetic and understanding when handling or training your camel(s)? Share your views an insights in the comments below.

 

Russell Osborne & Tara Lea Australian Camels

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