Ready to feel the fire? It only takes a few steps to befriend and train your very own dragon.
- TIP: You can outfit your dragon with a set of reins and a saddle to make riding easier.
- Step 1: Be patient as your dragon learns to respond to commands; even if your animal gains new skills slowly, you'll still be spending quality time with a legendary creature.
- FACT: Though Komodo dragons have lived on Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands for millions of years, their existence was unknown to humans until about 100 years ago.
- Step 2: After teaching your dragon some basic commands, climb aboard and take a ride! Fly as smoothly and evenly as you can to start; once you're comfortable, throw in some loops and try going through obstacles -- just remember to hang on tight!
- Step 3: Provide positive reinforcement to reward your dragon when it responds to training -- handing out a treat or a few encouraging words will help teach your pet the difference between good and bad behavior.
- Step 4: Build a positive relationship with your pet; feed, clean, and play with your dragon regularly to let it know that you have its best interests at heart and to hammer home the fact that you are not a chew toy.
- Step 5: Start training your dragon by teaching it to recognize its own name. Then use its name to teach slightly more difficult skills, like rolling over and hiding, which might be useful if your father comes home early from work.
- TIP: If your dragon flies away, use a bullhorn or public address system to call it home.
- Step 6: Familiarize yourself with your specific dragon -- each species has its own history and idiosyncrasies; knowing your pet can help you design a regimen that doesn't lead to a five-alarm blaze.