What is that monster blocking the front door? Its a dragon. It followed me home. Can I keep it?
To tame a beast to accept you as master requires patience, nerve and a power of will. The rewards of studying Animal Taming are considered by some to be well worth the time invested. Tamers have long-been considered extremely useful and versatile in fighting monsters and, to a lesser extent, players as well.
Your taming skill (along with Animal Lore) determines the odds of taming a given creature then controlling it. It is furthermore required in order to bond with certain creatures, and also plays a hand in determining your stable slot limit.
In order to tame a creature you must be standing within eight tiles of it with no obstructions, then target it with the skill. Once taming has begun you may stray anywhere up to around ten tiles away from the target though if it loses sight of you or is injured in any way the attempt will cease.
After a few seconds you'll be notified of either your success or failure. While most animals are non-hostile and can be tamed at any time, most taming attempts against a monster will instantly fail. In this case there's no wait time before you can try again so it's best to set a macro and use this over and over as fast as you can until you successfully start the taming process.
You may also currently bond one per at a time. By feeding your pet once your can control it 100% of the time you can start the bonding process. You can use the animal lore skill to determine the status of the bonding process and any additional steps required.
Gideon's Advice: Animal Taming is a very time consuming skill but using Upgrayed's or Mutombo's Guide or my mini-guide below you can GM it without too much trouble. It helps to have another character around to heal and drag or kill monsters. I'd recommend the other character have the Healing skill. Being able to Gate/Resurrect on either or both characters is also very helpful.
Gideon's Experience: Get to 100 Str, 100 Int, 25 Dex
59.2 to 71.1 Swamps: Alligators and Snakes
71.1 to 95.0 Jelhom: Bulls and Bull Retames