Meet the trainer!

Cody Will Kate Will Rattlesnake Ready LLC
My name is Cody Will. I grew up in a small town in rural northern California. As a kid, I was raised around dogs (Boxers) and other pets, and quickly developed interest in just about all living things. In high school I was offered my first job at ​​​​ The Aquarium & Pets , a pet store in Red Bluff California. Naturally with a job like that, I occasionally came home with new animals and developed all sorts of knowledge working with animals and the public. I primarily had a fascination with reptiles, especially since most people seemed to turn their noses up to them. It didn't help that my parent's owned a piece of property where many rattlesnakes and other critters lurked, too. Having worked there through high school and into junior college, one day in 2012 a customer came in and asked me "Do you know anybody who does rattlesnake aversion training for dogs?" I hadn't, there was nobody around offering it, and that is where it all began for Rattlesnake Ready.

​Now, some years later and several snakes later I am happily married to my amazing wife Kate who has taken over the scheduling and administrative aspects of the growing business. We have relocated the business to Phoenix, Arizona (though we still maintain a regular presence in central and northern California) and are currently training dogs full-time, year round. Though I do have knowledge in obedience training and other areas of dog training, my business is 100% rattlesnake aversion training. I am proud to say that in those years I have trained well over 1,000 dogs in rattlesnake aversion with great success.

This also means mathematically that I have successfully muzzled a live rattlesnake well over 1,000 times and counting with zero accidents, too, which I only say to help put some people at ease. I am an experienced venomous snake handler and dog trainer in rattlesnake aversion. Though I have invested many hours speaking with other trainers and reading books on everything from dog training to rattlesnake biology, this is all only supplementary to my countless hours of actually training dogs in the field. Much of my time is also spent maintaining a collection of beautiful, well-cared for rattlesnakes. I am probably one of very few individuals in this line of work who is knowledgeable in both reptiles and canines equally. I've worked with many different breeds of dogs, both big and small, young and old - with exceptional success, and that number is increasing every day. I absolutely love what I do and enjoy talking with people too! If you have any questions or would like to know more about me, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Cody Will Rattlesnake Ready, LLC
Cody Will, Owner & Operator
Rattlesnake Ready, LLC
Pet 1st Aid/CPR Certified
B.S. Environmental Sciences @ University of California, Davis

 Meet the snakes, too!

As you can see, this type of business requires the use of live rattlesnakes. 

The snakes used in Rattlesnake Ready's training program are completely in tact (no surgical alterations). For training appointments, they are muzzled using surgical tape which is designed for skin and removes like a band-aid. We have a large collection of specimens of varying species and are licensed by the state of Arizona Game & Fish Dept to own each and every one of them (including the snakes from California, license #SP506827). Each specimen has its own story. Most were removed from properties where they would have otherwise been killed. Others were born in captivity. Many of them are very accustomed to the stresses of the training. You might even say that they are "trained" animals themselves. 

We keep multiple specimens of each species of the most commonly encountered snakes in both northern California and all over Arizona to provide accurate training for your region. The reason we keep multiple of each is so that we can rotate snakes to ligthen their work load during our busiest seasons. This cycle allows the snakes to receive adequate rest between trainings.

These animals are housed in spacious, well built, safe enclosures that offer them the proper lighting, temperatures, water access, and cover that they require to thrive. Having a special permit for a few of the specimens allows G&F officials to inspect the premise at any time to make sure that they are receiving proper care, and they also receive regular veterinary oversight by Dr. Jay Johnson of Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital

In Arizona, the most commonly encountered species is the Western Diamondback (Crotalus atrox) and is therefore the species we primarily use in AZ. See photo below.​ (Photo by  Joshua Coe )

 
western diamondback rattlesnake joshua coe

In northern California, the predominant species across the region and therefore the type we use is the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus). See photo below.
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus oreganus Diabla