They learn that when a new young elephant is being trained, the mahout will not bathe for a week, so that the beast will remember his body odor.
However, as it turned out, the pachyderm was just feeding in roadside grasslands, but the mahout had left the animal on a very long chain and it was blocking one lane of traffic, with the animal's keeper nowhere in sight.
He also won awards for Man and Elephant, the love story of a mahout and an elephant, which was been shown on 100 television channels internationally.
Course content includes learning basic commands, how to drive an elephant, the bathing and daily care of an elephant, the feeding requirements and the lifestyle of a mahout .
Every mahout and kavadi (tribal elephant watcher) would be with the elephant to keep it in good humour, the Warden added.
Displaying their talents, these giants will perform shows such trunk painting and a mock elephant battle ridden by mahouts .
Unfortunately, the traditional work of the Thai elephant, working in the teak forests, has diminished through the years and many Thai mahouts and their elephants have migrated to Pattaya looking for employment.
The mayor explained to the mahouts who cooperated well that the elephants would be sent to Pattaya Elephant Village for a period not exceeding three months.
Included in the project were health check-ups for the elephants and safety training for mahouts and proprietors.
The elephants are taught to paint by their mahouts , who give them a paintsoaked brush and guide their trunks over large pieces of paper.