Service Dog Training
My next avoidance clinic will be held here, Spring 2021. Contact me now to pre-register.
The rattlesnake bite is generally “hemotoxic” which means that it exerts its toxin by disrupting the integrity of the blood vessels. The swelling is often dramatic with up to 1/3 of the total blood circulation being lost into the tissues in a matter of hours.
The toxin further disrupts normal blood clotting mechanisms leading to uncontrolled bleeding. This kind of blood loss induces shock and finally death. Snake bites are life threatening, extremely painful, expensive to treat, and can cause permanent damage even when the dog survives.
I recommend that all dogs--hunting retriever or family companion--receive the rattlesnake vaccine yearly. But, the BEST way to avert a deadly snake bite is to prevent it from ever happening.
Wayne Lain of SneakBreaker has devised a way to do just that. Each year he travels around Texas with live rattlesnakes and water moccasins. He removes the snakes fangs and tapes their mouths shut so that they are rendered harmless, then introduces your dog to the live snake. Wayne’s special method ensures that your dog absorbs the scent, sound, and image of the snake to fully understand what it should avoid. Wayne even tests the dogs before graduation to ensure that they will effectively avoid snakes.
I can personally attest to the effectiveness of the training. After my personal dogs complete it, I bring them back each year for a refresher and am pleasantly surprised to find them terrified to get within 30 feet of the snakes.
Not only does it give me peace of mind when it comes to my dogs, but I trust the protection that it provides for me and my family. On a spring camping trip in April 2015 at Inks Lake State Park, we were told by park rangers to be very careful hiking, as there had been quite a few rattlesnake sightings. Not to fear--we brought a dog with us just in case! As we hiked the trails I put our dog Ginger, a graduate of the snake bite avoidance training class, on a flexi-lead and encouraged her to walk in front of us, watching her body language closely. Fortunately we never encountered any rattlers, but I’m not sure that I would have felt comfortable hiking alone with a small child without Ginger to clear our path for us.