Get Rattled: Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic offered for your pets
A training clinic designed specifically to teach dogs on rattlesnake avoidance
Rattlesnakes are still active due to the mild weather and low precipitation, fostering an earlier and longer snake season. If you enjoy activities that take you and your dog(s) outdoors, you and your pet(s) may be at risk for encountering rattlesnakes. And as the snakes keep moving in search of food and mates, they are ending up in peoples own backyards. This training comes just in time for the opening of hunting season, while the snakes are still out, and will give dogs a head start for next spring which is expected to be equally as heavy with snakes as this year.
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with Get Rattled, highly encourages pet owners to take part in this important Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic. Get Rattled is providing a training session at Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Rd on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Trainings are provided by either appointment or walk-in between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with sessions lasting approximately 20 minutes. Cost for the training is $75 per dog. The clinic does require the use of a remote training collar that will be customized to fit each dog. The clinic will provide local dog owners extra assurance and peace of mind that their dogs will avoid dangerous rattlesnake encounters, protecting their health, and their families from suffering the pain and medical costs of a rattlesnake bite.
"I’d say that most dog owners don’t really think about snake bites until they see a rattlesnake for themselves, in parks, or their backyards, and then realize their dogs can be at risk," says John Potash co-founder and co-owner of Get Rattled. He adds, "Get Rattled is a unique training clinic designed specifically to teach dogs on rattlesnake avoidance. We have been teaching this clinic for 15 years and have successfully trained thousands of dogs.”
Potash is licensed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife and has over 25 years of experience working with venomous snakes and wildlife in areas of animal control, wildlife rescue and public education. He works with skilled dog trainer Willie J. Stevens Jr. who has over 20 years of experience training and judging pointing dogs.
“Rattlesnake Avoidance Training is a crucial tool for dog owners,” stated Potash, “prevention is your number one line of defense in protecting your dogs from venomous snakes.” When dogs and their owners go hiking or to the dog parks to go off leash, this training teaches them to be fearful of the rattlesnake. It protects people as well, as the dog becomes an alert system. This training has proven to be an effective tool in teaching rattlesnake avoidance to all dogs from Great Danes to Chihuahuas.
Because rattlesnakes can regulate the amount of venom they inject into another animal; the health risks to dogs from a bite can vary greatly depending on the amount of venom injected, the species and size of rattlesnake, and the size of the dog and where it was bitten. Dogs can also be bitten when owners are not around, so Potash suggests that people know some general signs of a bite along with health risks: dogs are usually bitten on their limbs, neck, and head or face so look for severe swelling in those areas. After some time, the venom may produce nausea, vomiting, and the dog can seem lethargic and will begin to act as if something is bothering them. If you see a snake bite happen or notice these symptoms, keep your dog calm and take them to a vet right away. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.