How to Tame a Pet Lion

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Lions are intelligent, social and can communicate through body language. Establishing a bond with your lion early on is key to taming and later training it. Cute, cub-like behavior can become a problem as a lion matures and taming it is essential for developing a safe owner-pet relationship. Read on to learn more.

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    Tame Your Pet Lion

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    Know that the first year spent with your pet lion cub will determine your long-term relationship with it. Whatever disciplinary methods you use to tame a cub should be something that you will be able to with an adult lion.

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    Never swat, bat or raise your hands to fend off the playful attack of a lion cub. They may mistake your actions for wrestling or playing and will carry that behavior into adulthood. If your lion cub bites you, don't shake it off or it will think you want to play. Reprimand your cub with a firm, "No!"

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    Always have a toy nearby to divert your lion if he gets out of hand. Shaking the toy or tossing it away from you can draw his focus away from you.

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    Spray an overly aggressive pet lion with a short CO2 blast from a fire extinguisher, a spray of vinegar water or a citronella-based dog repellent.

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    Provide your lion with another lion as a companion. Lions are very social and can be trained in groups.

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    Make sure your pet lion gets plenty of exercise, which can keep it from becoming too aggressive. Provide your lion with toys and stock her enclosure with climbing platforms.

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    Know that well-fed lions who remain occupied and get adequate exercise are generally the tamest, easiest to train and most effectively socialized.

    Know the Basics About Lions

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    Know that lions are very social, but they're also temperamental and subject to quick mood changes.

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    Always exercise caution at meal times. Even a tame lion can become very aggressive when food is involved.

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    Try feeding your lion at different times to curb aggression. If a lion knows when to expect meals he is more likely to become aggressive as meal time approaches.

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    Know that lions should never be handled by someone who has not been adequately trained to deal with them. You may be able to gain experience by volunteering at a private facility or sanctuary. Some companies, such as Wild Things, offer lion training lessons (see Resources below).

Tips and warnings

  • Know that many people believe lions and other big cats can never truly be tamed. For this reason, you must always be prepared and exercise caution and control around your lion.

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