Benefits from training captive animals are significant to the safety of both animal and human. Training programs should address two fundamental considerations: 1) increased manageability for safety in maintenance and medical care, and 2) enhancement of psychological and physiological health and possibly to provide increased resistance to disease and environmental stress. Command vocabulary should be simple, minimized, and the performance repertoire maximized within appropriate limits. Trainer and animal relationship should be based upon mutual respect and an understanding of the constraints imposed within the captive environment.
Dudley, J. P. (1986). Notes on Training of Captive Elephants. Elephant, 2(2), 15-18. Doi: 10.22237/elephant/1521731983