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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Tracking Vs Snake Season

Hi All,
i will be asking at my club on friday, but may i ask here also. For those of us, who live in snake infested areas. How do you train/how would you train a dog to avoid snakes?

Im trying to be a good student, last week, was tracking daily, this week, my brother in law's dog died on tuesday from a tiger snake bite. And suddenly im not so keen on tracking! As my dog is curious about snakes. Whilst i have boots on, he does not.

any suggestions? i was wondering about e collar 'act of god' style aversive applied by my trainer, not me. But is there any other method that is effective? Ive gone all fearful on tracking, and my dog keeps circling back to me, sensing something is wrong.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 05:40 PM
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I wish I had an answer for you, but I definitely feel your pain and concern. I almost lost one of my GSD's to a water-moccasin a few years ago (learned way more about venomous snakes than I cared-to right then). Very scary!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-21-2015, 05:54 PM
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There's snake aversion training in the Western USA --it may have an anolog in Australia. It seems to be specific to rattlesnakes though.

Can your tracking club maybe purchase antivenin to keep available, just in case? It might be a good idea for both humans and dogs, if you frequently are in areas with very dangerous snakes.

Dogdad, I'm sorry for your loss. A friend lost her GSD to a water moccasin that had crept into her backyard in a mid-sized city. Those things are a menace. They are very aggressive and seem to prefer confrontation to slithering away. I am constantly pestering my DH to keep the grass short so our yard isn't attractive to snakes.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-13-2016, 06:16 PM
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Contact Gabby Collins. She used to live there & now lives in B.C., Canada with her husband, Lance, an SV judge. between Lance's tracking skills & Gabby's knowledge of animal psychology they can help, I'm sure.
As to how we do it here in Phoenix, Az.---some have their dogs professionally "snake-proofed" via a shock an e-collar & Bull snake, and other just know the terrain REAL well and know where to avoid.
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