About the training...

See the  welcome page for an intro to the training. My current training methods are the product of years of experience working with many different breeds of dogs, each with unique personalities and different backgrounds. I honestly believe that this is the absolute best, in-depth and most realistic method possible for the vast majority of dogs. During the process, we spend ample time explaining each step to you and how we'll go about it for your specific dog, and also teach you how to "read" your dog's body language so that YOU can avoid the snakes they find too.
Step 1) Juvenile Rattlesnake

We begin by exposing the dog to a safely-muzzled, live, juvenile* rattlesnake. It is placed in an open, easily visible area for maximum exposure. Without our influence, the dog is left to find the snake. When they do, most dogs are more than happy to investigate the snake. As soon as they are too close, they are given a static correction using the e-collar until they understand to keep their distance. Because I allow the dogs to get right up to the snake on an open surface with good contrast, they make the correct associations almost immediately. Having found your dog's sweet spot setting on the collar (just enough to teach, not traumatize!) and once they are maintaining a safe distance from the snake, we move on. Most of the learning occurs in this step.

*when available
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Step 2) Isolated Scent Recognition

This supplementary step exposes the dog to the smells of rattlesnakes. The dog is left to approach a scented object (skins, feces, etc) on their own terms. Should they choose to stick their nose on the items, after getting a good “whiff” they are given a moderate static correction which implants within their mind that even just the smell is bad. This is in case the dog is ever poking around inside holes, under logs, etc. and comes across this smell again without seeing or hearing the snake; they’ll know it is a threat as they associate the discomfort from training with the smell. *If your dog has a good sniffer and got close to the juvenile snake initially, it is likely that he/she will know to avoid the scented items having learned the smell from the real thing in step 1! Therefore it is fairly common for dogs to not need correcting at this step.

Step 3) Basic Sound Recognition

In this next step, the dog is exposed to the sounds of a rattlesnake (without any visual or olfactory cues). This step is especially important for those dogs who hunt and love to run through tall grass and brush. This is where I use a “rattleblind” which is naturally concealed audio equipment with a rattlesnake sound recording. As the dog unknowingly approaches it, the recording is played. At that moment an automatic correction is given and teaches the dog a fast, instinctive reaction to avoiding this fascinating sound. Other excercises include having the owner move away from the sound as well to supplement the message, and we will also incorporate recall with positive reinforcement so that after a future rattlesnake sound encounter your dog will come running to your side (and not to the snake!)

The Final Step

The final step exposes them once again to a real rattlesnake-this time a large adult. This is so that they are aware they come in different sizes. Most dogs will already show complete avoidance by this point, and therefore require minimal to zero correcting. Here they are given the chance to put it all together with multiple scenarios and approaches, by placing the snake within different places of varying difficulty to spot. When no mistakes are made and the dog clearly and consistently wants absolutely nothing to do with the snake – congratulations! Training complete.
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