02/28/12 - 9:11am
Raising a reindeer isn’t all games.
Friday afternoon, about a week-and-a-half after Scene of the Crash moved to Nikiski, Jenna Hansen and her mom Hara worked to help him adjust to being around people.
Jenna held a rope, while Hara stomped in the snow near the 7-month-old reindeer.
Training is, initially, about “trying to desensitize it,” Hara said.
Jenna said its a lot like training a horse, something she’s done before, which focuses on release.
She holds him tightly, and releases a little when he is behaving, giving him some slack.