Created By: Xzenu on February 12, 2012 Last Edited By: XFllo on August 15, 2013

Animal Training

Training an animal to be a good pet

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A wild animal gets trained to become a pet, or a pet gets trained to become a better pet. Alternatively, a human or similar gets trained as an animal pet.

Animal Examples

Anime and Manga
  • The basic premise of Pokémon. Gotta catch them all.

  • Ultima Online has a skill that let you train wild animals to fight for you.
  • World of Warcraft has the Hunter class that capture and trains animal pets.

Examples where humans or similar gets tarined as animal pets

Comic Books
  • In one Pondus gag, a man and a dog have both won a prize. The man only won the silver medal, because this was a competition in showing how well-trained your dog is. His wife explains that he got excellent marks for obedience and all that, but got some minus-points for not being a dog.

  • In World of Warcraft, one dungeon has a boss who is a hunter and his bet bear. The bear turns out to be a shapeshifting druid who got turned into a pet while in bear form - and is very embarrassed about it afterwards!
  • In Slave Maker, you can train your slaves to be pony girls or cat girls. The training include not only animal roleplay and dressing up, but learning to think and behave like a human pony or cat.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • February 12, 2012
    Dunno if I'll stick with the soft split or give it separate trope pages.
  • February 12, 2012
    I think the human examples could be a trope, at least for examples where it's done to degrade the humans in question. The actual animal examples seem kind of People Sit On Chairs to me.
  • February 12, 2012
    I think this could work as a plot trope.
  • February 13, 2012
    I'd say: A character having an obedient pet is PSOC, a character converting an animal into an obedient pet is not. Lets include only works that portray some aspect of the training process.
  • February 13, 2012
    You wrote "A wild animal gets trained to become a pet, or a pet gets trained to become a better pet."

    Frankly, I wonder if it might be quicker to list works involving pets in which there ISN'T some attempt made to train the pet.

    The thing is, in all the examples I can think of, the training varies widely in method, motivation, literary purpose, results, and pretty much anything else. I don't see a common thread.

    Let me throw out some examples:
    • In Where The Red Fern Grows, Billy Coleman buys two Red Bone coonhounds and trains them to hunt.
    • In The Call Of The Wild, Buck is stolen from the family that keeps him as a pet and trained as a sled dog.
    • In White Fang, the titular wolfdog is first trained by a group of Native Americans as a work dog, then sold to a man who trains him as a fighter, then rescued by a man who trains him as a pet.
    • In The Simpsons, one episode centers around Bart trying to coach Santa's Little Helper through obedience school. In another episode, Mr. Burns brainwashes him to be an attack dog.
    • In Homestar Runner sbemail 204 ends with Strong Bad saying:
      Better go see if someone can go pee-pees in um potty all by hwimswelf. Ugh! The Cheat training... what're ya gonna do?
    • In Tarnsman Of Gor Tarl Cabot goes through a training process with his new tarn. Later on, he realizes that he has inadvertently trained his tarn to respond to voice commands when he was trying to teach someone to ride the tarn.

    I could go on.
  • February 13, 2012
    ^Woo-hoo, Gor ref!

    • The Valley Of Horses: Ayla takes in a wild horse foal after she kills its mother for food. She ends up training it accidentally. In subsequent novels the now-adult mare's offspring are trained in a more deliberate manner by Jondalar and by Ayla's daughter. Also Wolf the wolf is trained to be a mostly-tame dog. All of which are collectively the first time EVAR that wild animals are trained to be pets/helpers.
  • February 14, 2012
    Anime And Manga: Pet training is the specialty of Ohm the Sky Breeder in One Piece. While he's a powerful fighter on his own, he has a monstrously huge dog as his partner, who's just as capable a fighter as himself, if not more, and loyally follows any command. The two of them overwhelm swordsman Zoro until Zoro realizes that the dog follows any command from anyone, including Zoro. When Zoro commands the dog to attack Ohm, everything goes to pieces for Ohm.

    Live Action TV: This is the premise of The Dog Whisperer, It's Me Or the Dog, and My Cat From Hell: An experienced trainer of dogs or cats comes in and gets an unruly pet to behave.

    Western Animation: This concept is parodied in the South Park episode "Tsst," where Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, is sent to instill obedience into Cartman. Against all odds, it works (with Milan having no doubt in his mind), and Cartman is incredibly disturbed by his inability to commit any malice.
  • February 14, 2012
    I'm working on the human pet one, but i need to get in gear and polish my YKTT Ws so they can get published.
  • February 14, 2012
    • In The Book Of The Named, the cheetah-like characters not only come up with an animal-herding system and tame fire, but they also learn how to tame and train small lemur-like creatures called "treelings". Because the treelings have opposable thumbs, they can do things such as tie knots - though how the Named trained them to do such things when they can't do them themselves is unknown.
  • February 15, 2012
    @chicagomel: Link?
  • February 15, 2012
    As I recall, for Coming Of Age A Boy And His X type stories, training their pet can often be as as much a part of Character Developement for the "Boy" as it is for the "X".
  • February 17, 2012
    Was a big part of Lilo And Stitch. The social worker tells Lilo to make her "dog" into a model citizen and she tries to train him, with not much success.
  • August 15, 2013
    • Training animals to perform tricks in shows is one of the minigames in Zoo Tycoon 2's expansion pack Marine Mania.