Donkeys are more independent in their thinking. As a result, most horse training methods have only marginal success when used on donkeys. If you attempt to dominate the donkey, he will just avoid you. Donkeys think and reason. The make decisions based on their safety. And they can learn what it is we would like for them to do if we take the time to explain it to them. The strongest instinct in a donkey is survival. Training a donkey relies on showing him by words and actions that he can trust you to protect him from harm.