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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs
October 12, 2014
How many times have you been hiking with your dog and come across a rattlesnake? The number is probably higher than you realize. It is not uncommon to come within inches of our native Pacific rattlesnake and not get the warning rattle. This behavior, coupled with their uncanny camouflage makes an encounter between hiker and snake inevitable, whether you know it happened or not.
Rattlesnakes are impressive animals and it can feel like a treat to be able to view one from a safe distance. Dogs often express a curiosity towards snakes too, but, without the knowledge of their danger will come within striking range to investigate the oddity. However, having a dog properly trained to recognize a rattlesnake’s sight, sound, and scent will significantly improve the likelihood that an encounter will remain at a safe distance for you and your dog.
Mountains Restoration Trust and Sierra Pacific Flyfishers will be hosting a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs at Headwaters Corner in Calabasas on October 12. The proceeds from this event will go towards conservation programs both organizations employ to help protect the Santa Monica Mountains for all to enjoy. Training takes only 20-30 minutes, but please be ready to spend an hour at the event. For more information and to register please visit www.mountainstrust.org.