What you need to know about Snake Avoidance Training.

If you own a dog and live in Arizona, you’ve probably had a scare or two involving a snake and your beloved pup.  Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnakes alone, making it a dangerous place for inquisitive dogs who are down on their level.  Rattlesnake Avoidance is an extremely beneficial tool in helping your dog to react appropriately to, and avoid, these venomous reptiles.

While positive reinforcement training is the preferred method of training for most pet owners, when it comes to something as lethal as a Rattlesnake, this type of training can fall short.  For this reason, the use of aversion training is widely used and has proven much more effective. 

So, what is aversion training?  Aversion training is simply giving your pet a negative association with the object you want them to avoid.  In order for your pet to obtain a negative association to Rattlesnakes, we use a simple and proven approach that takes only 15 minutes to teach and can protect your pup for a lifetime.  We accomplish this using live rattlesnakes, e-collars and a team of trained professionals.

Our professional dog trainer will meet with you a few minutes prior to your scheduled test to explain to you how the process will go.  Your dog will be fitted with their e-collar and both you and your pup will be led to the course.  Central Pet is proud to partner with Animal Experts in order to provide a safe, controlled and authentic training experience for your pet.

During the course, your pet will have 3 opportunities to approach a controlled & muzzled Rattlesnake, in addition to one decoy snake that has been scented.  Because your pet may not always see a snake before it’s too late, we train your pup to recognize them based on sight, sound, and smell.  Once your pet walks into the strike zone, the e-collar is triggered.   Immediately, your pet is aware that the smell, sound or visible snake they are approaching is dangerous.  10 minutes later, when you go to pass the final snake, your pet shouldn’t go anywhere near it.  This lets us know that they have associated the snake as something that they want to avoid.

The best part is that it lets you know how your pet will react when they encounter a snake.  Some dogs will bark at a distance, some will retreat, and others will simply refuse to move forward.  This is a crucial part of training that allows you to read your dog for signs of snakes in the future.  Not only could this 15 minutes save your dog’s life, but it could save yours, too.

Central Pet runs Snake Avoidance training classes throughout the spring and summer when Rattlesnakes are most active.  Classes are run multiple days a week at both Central Pet locations.  Because our training is so effective, spaces fill up quickly.  If you haven’t signed up yet, call today to reserve your spot!  We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and find a time that works for you.