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Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinic offered for your pets

Posted 8/16/2017

A training clinic designed specifically to teach dogs on rattlesnake avoidance

before and after training photos

Before and after Rattlesnake training photos.

As expected, this year has seen a dramatic increase in rattlesnake sightings, encounters, and even bites! And, it is far from over. If you enjoy activities that take you and your dogs outdoors, you and your pets may be at risk for encountering rattlesnakes. And as the snakes move along in search of food, they may even end up in your own backyard. This training comes just in time for the opening of hunting season while the snakes are still out. The training gives 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 and Smarty Paws Canine Coaching, 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., Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Trainings are scheduled in hour-long blocks between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please plan on spending one hour at the training. Walk-ins are welcome and will be taken in as time allows. Cost for the training is $85 per dog. A refresher training is $60. 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 17 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 trainers who have decades of experience training 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, hunting or to the dog parks and 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 him. If you see a snake bite happen or notice these symptoms, keep your dog calm and take him to a vet right away. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

To register or for more information, email or call Smarty Paws Canine Coaching at 702-396-8501, or Get Rattled at 775-234-8844.

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