We came across this information on the Idaho Humane Society website and wanted to share it with you.
Plan ahead for your summer adventures! Encountering Rattlesnakes is a reality in Idaho! Whether your dog accompanies you hiking, biking, camping or hunting—being trained to avoid Rattlesnakes could save them from an expensive and possibly deadly bite. The Idaho Chukar Foundation and the Idaho Humane Society are offering a class designed to teach dogs to avoid the sight, sound and smell of rattlesnakes.
The class is Saturday, June 6th, sign your dog up today!
Rattlesnake Avoidance Training
Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at Julia Davis Park
The Idaho Chukar Foundation and Idaho Humane Society are offering a class designed to teach dogs to avoid the sight, sound and smell of rattlesnakes. The 2015 Class is offered by appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at Julia Davis Park, Boise, ID. Training appointments can be scheduled from 8 am to 2 pm.
Rattlesnakes are abundant throughout the local area, especially in the summer time. Dog owners that hike, hunt, fish, camp or live in rural areas may risk their dogs being bit by rattlesnakes. Without emergency treatment, dogs can die from a rattlesnake bite. Bitten dogs may have to be treated for several days in the hospital, and costs can reach into the thousands. A dog detecting a rattlesnake can signal an owner to avoid the snake, and training may also save a hefty vet bill.
About Rattlesnake Avoidance Training
During Rattlesnake Avoidance Training, every effort is made to teach dogs to avoid the sight, smell and sound of a rattlesnake. This is done by using live gopher snakes, which are non-venomous. They exhibit the same aggressive behavior as rattlesnakes. The gopher snakes are loose on the ground but controlled by a certified snake handler from the Idaho Herpetology Society. The avoidance behavior is taught by putting a remote controlled electronic collar on the dog. When the dog’s attention is on the snake, an unpleasant stimulation is applied to the dog. The stimulation is similar to static electricity. The session takes about 15 minutes depending on the dog; most dogs learn to avoid the snake quickly.
Experience dog handlers will work with your dog one-on-one and will focus on your dog’s reaction and body language to the snake. The handlers are active sportsmen and gun dog owners. The class is $60. A second dog owned by the same family may be added for $50 and any additional dogs are $40. Please note that no refunds are available.
Refresher Training: 2013 & 2014 Dog Registrations Only
If you participated in the Rattlesnake Avoidance Training put on by IHS & ICF with your dog in 2013 or 2014, the same dog(s) may sign up for a refresher course between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. for only $25. Call Drew Wahlin at (208) 608-0833 to receive a special refresher registration link. Once the 2015 Refresher Registration is completed, an appointment time will be issued via email.
All 2015 Dog Registrations will receive, via email after June 6th, a digital copy of the “Dog Owner’s Reference Guide: Post Rattlesnake Avoidance Dog Training.”
If your dog went through Rattlesnake Avoidance Training in 2013/2014 with IHS & ICF, you may sign that same dog up for a $25 refresher course. Please email Drew Wahlin at firstname.lastname@example.org for the special refresher sign-up link.
All proceeds from the Event will benefit the Idaho Chukar Foundation and Idaho Humane Society who are jointly conducting the Event. For more information, call Drew Wahlin at (208) 608-0833 or email email@example.com.
Thank you to Event Sponsors:
Educational Clinics, Lectures and Booths:
FREE & Open to the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Rattlesnake Ecology/Safety Dog Avoidance Information by Chuck Peterson, PhD Chair, Herpetology Department, Idaho State University, Pocatello Rattlesnake
- Dog Bite & Porcupine Quill Removal Vet Information by Dr. Mike Koob, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services at Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center, Boise
- Animal Trap Dog Avoidance Information/Booth and Hands-on-Training by the Idaho Trappers Association
- E-collar Training & Use Lecture/Booth/Literature by David Cousineau, Tri-Tronics/Garmin Field Product Specialist, Garmin Corporation
- West Vet Emergency Animal Clinic: Sponsor booth will be available to provide information and answer questions by Idaho’s Only Board Certified Animal Specialty Clinic
- Sierra Trading Post: Sponsor booth will have staff available to discuss all the products and brand names you love in outdoor gear and much more.