Snake bites to dogs are very common especially during this time of the year. Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs is a way to protect your furry friends from having a close encounter.
"Snakebites to dog are very common and unfortunately can be very deadly too because of the dog body size and a lot of times too people are far out on a trial when there dog is bitten," said Gina Gables, Ventura County dog trainer.
In the last 5 years Gables decided to team up with Biologist Steve Gardner and his son John to put together a rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs.
Gardner provides the live rattlesnakes that are muzzled to make sure the dogs and their owners are safe during the training.
"Safety is our number one concern," said Gardner.
Each dogs goes through an obstacle course with live snakes, the sent from their skin, or the sound of their rattle.
"We try to avoid any traumatizing situations for the dogs," said Gables. "We obviously want the dogs to have a negative association with the rattlesnakes with the sight, or the sent of one, or if they just hear one."
If the dogs get too close for comfort Gables will press the button on her remote that triggers a vibrating sensation to the collar of the dog. This teaches dogs to recognized and avoid the area when a snake is nearby.
"I would say about 99 percent leave our clinics with the reverse response," said Gables. "If we are having trouble during the course with a dog sometime we will just let them take a break so it sinks in and its amazing when they come back on the course immediately the dog is showing the correct response because they had a chance to calm down and think it through."
The company will be hosting training clinics up and down the coast all summer long.