Every year in the United States alone, about 150,000 dogs and cats are bitten by venomous snakes, making dogs and cats about 300 times more likely to be bitten by venomous snakes than to get rabies. If bitten, rattlesnake bites are about 25 times more fatal in dogs than in humans. Even dogs that survive the bite can be permanently damaged.
With spring around the corner, rattlesnakes are prevalent in these open areas of land and even find their way into suburban backyards and streets. This is why every spring, Cool Dog Training hosts two weekends of Rattlesnake Avoidance Training clinics to help train your dog to avoid and even fear rattlesnakes altogether.
How does it work? Trained snake handlers place hooded snakes in various locations on a rural property and then walk your dog through the course. Your dog is allowed to smell, hear, and see the snakes, but never touch them. Using a shock collar, your dog will learn to associate the smell, sight, and sound of a rattlesnake with the shock thus making rattlesnakes seem very bad.
So in the future, after they have completed the clinic, if you dog encounters a rattlesnake, it will not only avoid the snake but also alert you to its presence, based on the dog's drastic behavior.
Is it safe? Absolutely! Each rattlesnake is hooded, so there is no way for it to bite.
How long does it take? Your dogs will be taken through the course twice, to assure they understand the association. The process generally takes under an hour and is an invaluable tool to protect your dog.
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training
Dates: Sat & Sun, Feb 23 & 24 and Sat & Sun, March 23 & 24
Time: Time slots are available in the morning, afternoon, and evening on all days
Location: Cool Dog Training
35581 Glenoaks Road
Website: Cool Dog Training
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To register: call (951) 676-9622, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or download the form.